While Bulgaria isn’t on top of the list when it comes to the world’s centers of theater performance, it certainly has no shortage of theater culture on offer. If you live or are visiting Bulgaria, you’ll have a plethora of choices when it comes to performances no matter what time of year you visit. But what about if you are an aspiring actress or actor? Is there opportunity for you in Bulgaria? Absolutely! An excellent example of such an opportunity is to do one of the theater related courses in the New Bulgarian University.
New Bulgarian University (further: NBU) does live up to its name because, as universities go, it is quite a new institution. NBU was established in 1991, by Zarko Uzunov, Veselin Mezekliev and Vazkresiya Viharova. It is hard to understate the dedication of the founders to the mission of providing quality higher education, as they continue to teach in the university to this day. The theater department was established in 1999 and has been growing its reputation ever since. The theater department of NBU isn’t an aside to other, more important university offerings, but a key discipline in the university’s identity, so you can rest assured that the quality of teaching is high.
The common mission for all programs in the department is twofold. On the one hand, it aims to embody and communicate the best classic and modern European aspects and values of theater, preparing the students for a wide variety of disciplines within the performing arts with a solid foundation of the European theater trends. At the same time, students will have plenty of opportunity to engage with the aspects of theater that are specific to the Bulgarian identity and heritage, as well as interacting with current trends in Bulgarian society and its effects on contemporary performing arts. This way students will have not only the necessary skills for their chosen discipline, but a social awareness to engage meaningfully in public life in the future with their art.
The Theater Department at NBU continues to make great efforts at expanding the partner network to deliver the best to its students. The university offers an ERASMUS program that allows students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in some of the top performing arts schools and universities across Europe. The department is also expanding its membership in key theater associations, such as the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts. These key partnerships that NBU has built is what ensures that the degrees with which students graduate will be recognised and respected anywhere in Europe, proving to be an invaluable asset to their career. NBU alumni have found meaningful work in areas such as film, television, theater, as well as being among the first to explore performing arts in new media. The program is constantly changing to incorporate new approaches to performing arts that are enabled by new technology, the variety of formats that it brings.This way you can be sure that the education you will receive at NBU will be as current and contemporary as possible.