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Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland

The Accademia Teatro Dimitri is a professional theater conservatory located in Verscio, near Locarno. Close to Monte Verità in Ascona, which became famous worldwide for the experiences of avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century, the region of the Terre di Pedemonte provides a context and an unparalleled atmosphere, a fountain of inspiration and beauty. This is a place in which the students are totally immersed in their practice and artistic research, inspired by the international ambiance which unites students and teachers from twenty different countries.

The training with a specialization in Physical Theatre offers a unique path for students, with the goal of developing their creativity and their personality, as well as the acquisition and deepening of artistic techniques. The pedagogy of the Academy has established itself over the years, and takes its inspiration from the great masters and innovators of the twentieth century, among others: Rudolf Laban, Michael Chekhov, and Peter Brook, all the way through to the present, contemporary art scene.

The campus of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, surrounded by stimulating natural beauty, stands out both for the intimacy of its environment and the international scope of its student body. It is characterized by the intensity of exchange of experiences and opinions, and by a very personal and direct relationship with the teachers. The intercultural component, including linguistic pluralism, is very present, and creates an enriching environment for study and work.

The Accademia Teatro Dimitri is affiliated with SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland), and offers Bachelor and Master degree programs as well as courses for continuing education, each of which is internationally recognized. All courses are part of the formative education of contemporary theater based on the expression of the body.

The Department of Research documents the development of multiple forms of physical theater, placing them in their historical contexts, and offers innovative approaches for training and professional practice. The Accademia also offers numerous theatrical activities for the local community and external collaborators, courses and workshops for schools, organizations, companies and individuals, and assistance in professional employment for graduates.

Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Stradon 28
6653 Verscio

Email: accademiadimitri(at)

Phone: +41 58 666 67 50

Daniel Bausch

Daniel Bausch
Vice Dean and Responsible for Continuing Education and Services, Teacher of Theatre Improvisation
Corinna Vitale

Corinna Vitale
Dean and Head of Bachelor and Master Studies
  • University / Academy solely dedicated to the Performing Arts

    Teaching Languages
  • Italian, English

    Degrees Offered
  • Bachelor BA and Master MA
  • Other degrees or certificates

    Faculties / Departments
  • Theatre History & Research
  • Acting
  • Pedagogy
  • For local and for foreign students
  • The Institution offers grants for local students
  • The Institution offers grants for foreign students
  • Foreign students need to have basic knowledge of the local language in BA
  • Local language courses available for foreign students
  • There are open calls for students

    Teachers/Educator Related Information
  • Foreign educators allowed on permanent basis, on invitation or call
    Regular Activities of the Institution
  • Venice Open Stage, ITI Network Festivals, Brno, Prague, Moscow