Welcome to the Theatre Studies Institute at Bern University, Switzerland.
The Theatre Studies Institute (ITW) at Bern University was founded in 1992 and is the leading theatre studies department in Switzerland. The department offers courses in both theatre and dance, focusing on theatre history and theory, dramaturgy and performance analysis, and through a combined study of these areas investigates and interprets cultural processes, past and present. This, along with a consideration of European theatre and Swiss theatre culture in relation to broader international contexts, allows the Institute to develop an authoritative and differentiated discourse on theatre and theatricality.
The ITW is situated in the historic city of Bern, capital of Switzerland, and is located between the larger centres of Zurich and Basel. The Institute connects to the wider cultural life of Switzerland and Europe through academic and applied programs, and while it offers extended links with other universities, cultural institutions and events, its compact size also enables it to provide individual mentoring for its students.