Apply to the École Nomade - Oxford 2015

During two weeks in September this year, we will develop together a collective practice using improvisation, masks, music, dance, and movement. The sessions of the École Nomade, which will all take place in English, are not drama classes. They constitute, rather, moments of practical reflection, in which we seek to set out, explain, and clarify our methods and our collective way of working.


Anyone over the age of 18 years old is free to apply. It does not matter whether or not you have studied theatre before; but you must want to engage in the experiment of collective theatre-making. And, of course, you must be able to make yourself free to attend both the auditions and the two weeks of the École itself.


The École Nomade will last two weeks; animated by Ariane Mnouchkine, together with five other members of the Théâtre du Soleil, it will take place between the 14th and the 25th September 2015. Our working day runs from 10 am to 5pm. The venue will be open from 9am and participants should be ready to start work at 10am.

All applicants will be invited to one of a number of selection days — group auditions — run by two members of the Théâtre du Soleil; these will be held in the first week of June, 2015


The selection process will involve two stages.

First, please send us a letter explaining why you wish to join in this workshop and attach a passport-style photo to your application letter. The deadline for receipt of all applications is midnight on Sunday 24 May 2015. Applications should be sent to the following address: 

Second, please ensure that you are free to come to one of the selection days (group auditions); these will be run by two members of the Théâtre du Soleil. These sessions are a necessary part of the process, and only candidates who attend these workshop auditions will be eligible for a place at the École. At the end of these workshops, around sixty people will be offered places in the École.

How much?

There is no application charge for the auditions. We will ask for a registration contribution of £40 from all those who are offered a place in the École Nomade; there are bursaries available for those who cannot afford the registration fee. We cannot pay expenses, so you will be responsible for your own meals, travel, and (if you are coming from outside Oxford) accommodation.


The École Nomade will take place at the Maison Française, Norham Gardens, OX2 6SE