Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin
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Frequently asked questions

 

 Get to know The Studio
  When is it possible to get to know The Studio?
  Is it possible to observe your lessons at The Studio for my practical experience?
 
 Applications
  Is there a max/min age for students at The Studio?
  When are the dates for auditions?
  How do I get information about the degree?
  Where do I get the application pack?
  How do I skip the Foundation Year?
 
 Start of term, lesson times, holidays
  When does the next degree start?
  What are the lesson times?
  When are the holidays?
 
 Financing my studies
  What financial support is available?
  Is it possible time wise to have a job at the same time as studying?
 
ZAV (was ZBF) exam - how does it work?
 
 Other questions
  In which language are the lessons?
  Do I have to enrol for the whole study package, or can I apply to join single lessons?
 
 

If your questions aren't in this list, please feel free to send us an email

 

 


 

 

 

 

Age limit?

As we offer such a variety of courses, for further training and therapy training as well as for those who wish to be professional actors, there are no age restrictions for applicants.

However, if you wish to apply for the full acting training and are older than the average entrance age for drama schools (24) we'd be happy to offer advice in your choice of occupation.

 

 

 

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Financing my studies

There are three possible ways of getting financial support:

Studienfonds Berlin
The Studienfonds Berlin is run by and for students. The MTSB students can make an application for their support. For more information on how they work and how to apply, please go to their website.

BAföG
The MTSB is a private acting school - according to paragraph 102 of the Education Act of the State of Berlin. As such, students of the MTSB are able to apply for a state grant (BAföG). However, students who receive BAföG cannot apply for support from the Studienfonds.

Other grants
As well as the two above, the MTSB is also in contact with other grant institutions which offer student support.

 

 

 

 

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Audition dates

The MTSB has no fixed dates for auditions. Up until shortly before the start of the school year you can still apply. However, after the year has started, we will only consider the auditioning of late applicants under very particular circumstances. As soon as we receive your application, we will send you an invitation to an audition. The auditions will take place in small groups to enable us to observe each individual applicant.

 

 

 

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Skipping the Advanced Class

Entrance into the first year is dependent upon successful completion of the Foundation Year. However, in the event of students who have begun their studies elsewhere and wish to continue them at the MTSB, it is possible to audition directly for the first year. In these cases we expect the applicant to have a good working knowledge (practical and theoretical) of the Chekhov Method (imagination and embodiment, atmospheres, centres, psychological gesture) as well as experience in and an understanding of the basic elements of the Stanislavski technique (especially in relation to the w-questions and practical experience with subtext). We also expect an audition comprising two monologues from different epochs as well as the recitation of a poem or an epic text.

 

 

 

 

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How do I get information about the degree?

Click on the link 'Degree' in the window on the left. Choose the study package which interests you. Click on the link 'print page' above right. The information about your chosen package will now be printed.
More information is available by email or from our office where we would be happy to help you further or to connect you to one of our students or teachers.

 

 

 

 

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Where do I get the application pack?

Here, if you click on one of the links below.

File format
Application form for all years - written in German pdf
School order - Chekhov Foundation Year - written in German pdf

 

 

 

 

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In which language are the lessons?

The lessons are in German so foreigners should have a very good grasp of the language.
Workshops led by English speaking teachers will be in English (by teachers from other countries in their own language with translation).

 

 

 

 

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When is it possible to get to know the studio?

The simplest answer is: come to one of our performances! This would give you the opportunity to meet and speak to our students and teachers who would be happy to answer your questions.
For information on our current and upcoming productions please click 'current activities' in the link in the window on the right. You can also make an online request for our newsletter which will keep you regularly updated on up-and-coming events. Just click on the link below.

Newsletter

 

 

 

 

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Can I observe your lesson for my practical experience?

Yes, you would be very welcome. But we would appreciate it if you would ring to let us know when you want to come. You would also need to get in contact with the other teachers to find out what times would suit them.

 

 

 

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Do I have to enrol for the whole study package, or can I apply to join single lessons?

You can take part in single activities (basic training, Aikido, Feldenkrais, etc).
But you would need to speak to the individual teachers about space, etc. and you would also have to commit for the whole trimester.

 

 

 

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ZAV Exam - How does it work?

After completing their studies, students receive a diploma. This diploma gives them the right to enter themselves for the ZAV-Exam. Further particulars about the ZAV are available on their website.

To ZAV website

 

 

 

 

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Would it be possible to work alongside my studies?

We understand that it may be necessary for some of our students to work alongside their studies in order to keep afloat. However, we know from experience that shortly before the end of the trimester rehearsals can become quite frequent and intense. As a result we would encourage students to find work with very flexible hours.

 

 

 

 

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When does the next degree start?

The MTSB runs a new Foundation Year, First Year, Second Year and Third Year every year. Studies usually start in the last week of September. Applicants can submit an application until shortly before the start of term.

next degree start:    
Trimester 01 26 Sept until 15 Dez 2016
Trimester 02 09 Jan until 31 Mar 2017
Trimester 03 24 Apr until 14 Jul 2017

 

 

 

 

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What are the lesson times?

Foundation Year:
The main lessons are from Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 13.00.
On top of this there are two afternoon courses. For the scene work, which begins in the second trimester, two further afternoons will be required.
In the third trimester work will start on the play and here again students will need an extra two afternoons.
The weekly lessons amount to c. 40 hours, but in the final rehearsal period this can reach as much as 60 hours.

Years One to Three:
The students take part in the basic training of the Chekhov Year and, as this is always in the morning, their other lessons will all be in the afternoon and early evening. In project work the students arrange their schedules with the individual teachers.

 

 

 

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When are the holidays?

The year is divided into Trimesters. There are three weeks holiday at Christmas and Easter, and about three months in the summer.

Rough dates of Trimesters:

1st Trimester September until December
2nd Trimester January until March/ April
3rd Trimester April/ May until July

 

 

 

 

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