The Theater program at NBU was founded in 1991 by Vazkresiya Viharova, Zarko Uzunov and Veselin Mezekliev who teach at the University until present. In December 1999 the Department of Theater and the Slug Theater became independent units within the university. Since February 2010 Theater productions of the Department are performed at the new facility of the University Theater headed by Assoc. Prof Vazkresiya Viharova, previously a longtime chair of the Department of Theatre. Since September 2012 the Department has been headed by Associate Professor Snezhina Petrova. The Department is a member of IETM, EAST, ELIA and continues to expand its network of professional contacts internationally.
The Department of Theater provides solid modern education following theater knowledge traditions and methods while firmly based on the most modern teaching methods and practices in the field of arts.
The Mission of the Department is education promoting theater as an active part of the public system while striving to preserve cultural memory, strengthen its values and expand its spiritual horizons by setting value milestones for people.
The Department of Theater is dedicated to preparing qualified specialists in the field of theater and drama based on both major European and universal human values and the priorities in the modern cultural development of the Bulgarian nation. In the new dynamic environment of institutional and aesthetic changes taking place in theater nationally and globally, the Department's strategy is to provide theater education which prepares students to work in the broad spectrum of contemporary performing arts. This type of education is focused on building the skills to seek and create the much-needed these days connection with various groups and new audiences in society.
Among the strategic priorities of the Department is to open theater and theater education to all spheres of public life and social groups and to strengthen its relationship with other arts, with science, practice and experiments in this interdisciplinary field. Likewise, the Department strives to promote contemporary forms of research and encourage current debates on production on the independent theater scene, border drama forms and performance products in the wide spectrum of contemporary art.
The Department offers two Bachelor's programs -- Theater and Plastic Arts; two Master's programs -- Artistic Psychosocial Practices and Theatrical Art and Society, and a doctoral Theater program.
Since 2000 the Department has been involved in the ERASMUS program which gives a large number of students the opportunity to specialize in some of the most prestigious European universities in the field of theater, performing arts, stage design and contemporary dance each year.
Dynamic education forms
The Department of Theater provides opportunities for dynamic education which brings together students and Bulgarian theater actors by offering:
• permanent theater workshops and meetings with acclaimed professional performers and figures of theatre knowledge;
• real performances at the University Theatre stage; participation in national and international projects, participation in festivals, stage performances, master classes, etc;
• educational trips, which often include researchers from other departments of the university.
The faculty is comprised of recognized working professionals with numerous awards and recognition from prestigious national and international forums who bring their talents, skills and experience to the classroom.
The following are a few of the major projects the Department of theatre has been involved in: Children's Summer Academy and Theater Classroom implemented through a Partnership Program with the Center for Alternative Education; programs representing international organizations such as UNESCO, UNIDO and UNICEF; The Bridge: Developing Theatre Arts project; a three-year international theater project "Tracing roads across" with a focus on the artistic exchange and know-how presenting the overall activities of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontedera Italy; participation of Stage Design students and teachers in the International festival "Process - space" in Balchik; participation in the Jean Louis Barrault Francophone Festival and others.
Our graduates work in public and private theaters, television and radio broadcasting, film-making, voice over, new media and others. Graduates of the program are prepared for independent work not only in the system of theaters, but also in a dynamically changing new, mobile, flexible institutional structure. Our programs provide graduates with a multi-skilling approach and a coherent combination of on-the-job learning and formal training which make them competitive in the theatrical market and the art industries as a whole.
Assoc. Prof. Snezhina Petrova
Building 1, Room 513
tel. 02/8110 513
Building 1, Room 513
тел. 02/8110 533