Friday 12 October 2018 -
11:00 to 15:00

Taking the Stage 2018: Professional Master-Classes

On October 12 and 13, 2018, the members of the British-Ukrainian jury "Taking the Stage" will hold a series of master-classes for theatrical professionals.

Please note some important details:

  • Participants will be selected through an open competition. Number of places in the group is limited;
  • Requests must be completed by September 27 inclusively;
  • Participation in master-classes is free;
  • You will receive an e-mail about your participation in the master-class on October 1, 2018.

For further questions, please contact

Caroline Steinbeis

New directions into designing Shakespeare for the stage

This workshop will focus on the collaborative relationship between director and designer. We will use The Tempest as our starting point to open up a practical approach to unlocking Shakespeare in the modern age.

Registration is closed.


Maya Harbuziuk

Shakespeare & Others

How can contemporary European theatre bring the classics to life? Why is the dialogue about “the other” so important? Who is this “other”? How can we talk about him, for him?

We’ll be looking at the performance “Shakespeare’s Africa Tales” directed by K. Varlikovsky and written jointly with P. Grushynsky. We’ll consider how renaissance/humanist and post-colonial/post-traumatic experience overlaps, listening to the creators of the production and actors relate their personal traumas, offering a diagnosis of the modern world via the prism of Shakespearean characters and plots and more. What does Cordelia mean when she says she’s ‘growing dark’?
master class prep: Students should:

  • Read J.M. Coetzee’s “Scenes from a Provincial Life” – (in Ukrainian translation by P.Taraschuk, 2012), particularly the third volume of the novel “Summertime”, which is required for the course.
  • Read the Shakespeare Plays “The Merchant of Venice”, “Othello”, and “King Lear”.
  • Examine the points of overlap between Coetzee’s work and Shakespeare’s.
  • Consider these works and their place in this event from the standpoint of “the Other”.

Registration is closed.


Rostislav Derzhypilsky

Improvisation Method When Working on a Text

This master class is designed primarily for actors. How to use improvisation while working on a text assigned by the director for a production? How to create a performance in your space? Our improv method will be based on Vasyl Stefanyk's story "The Boy that Spring Killed”.

Assignment for master class participants: read the text, memorize it, but don’t rehearse it. The master class will consist of two parts: familiarisation with improvisation technique and practical training in the technique.

Registration is closed.