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Foundation Course

in Socially Engaged and Participatory Arts

Welcome to the Foundation Course in Applied Theatre! This course is designed for newcomers and those interested in deepening their knowledge and skills in applied theatre. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how an artist practitioner might work creatively within educational, community, or social contexts.

General Scope and Aims

The course aims to equip trainees with the appropriate background knowledge and understanding to work creatively and critically within the expanding field of applied theatre. By participating in practical training workshops, trainees will explore the roots of applied theatre practice in education, social change, and community while developing their facilitation skills and awareness of issues such as group dynamics, inclusion, accessibility, adaptation, and safe space.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, trainees will have a broader understanding of applied theatre practice and be able to:

  • Learn about the variety of applied theatre methods and see how they can make a difference in various communities and situations.

  • Create, organise, and carry out applied theatre projects that address the unique needs of participants, encouraging personal growth and social transformation.

  • Guide group discussions and activities, ensuring a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone to participate and share.

  • Work well with fellow trainees, artists, and organisations, building teamwork and common goals in applied theatre projects.

  • Handle participants with care and consideration in various contexts, taking into account their individual needs, cultural backgrounds, and experiences, while adhering to ethical guidelines and professional conduct.

Practical Training Workshops

The Foundation Course consists of three workshops that provide a hands-on learning experience in applied theatre:

  1. October 18 - 21, 2023 (Liepāja, Latvia): Collaborating for Change - Applied Theatre Methods and Group Dynamics

  2. February 2 - 5, 2024 (Tartu, Estonia): Authentic Leadership - Embracing your Inner Facilitator

  3. April 10 - 13, 2024 (Nida, Lithuania): Creating Impact - Designing Applied Theatre Projects



1st day of the workshops: 3pm - 7pm 

2nd & 3rd day: 10am - 7pm

Last day of the workshops: 10am - 2pm

Throughout the programme, the utmost precaution will be exercised regarding the public health situation. 

Online Learning Platform and International Placements

In addition to the workshops, trainees will have access to our online learning platform, which contains valuable teaching material, resources, and opportunities for further engagement. International placements are also available for participants interested in applying their skills in real-world community projects.

Fees and Discounts

Joining all three workshops is highly recommended for a comprehensive foundation in the field of applied theatre. Limited places are available for those attending separate workshops.

Participation Fees for 1 Workshop:

For individuals: 250€*

For organisations: 300€*

Participation Fees for all 3 Workshops:

For individuals: 650€*

For organisations: 800€*

*the fee includes as well reading resources and a certificate of participation, but excludes accommodation and food costs.


Get a 20% discount if you register by September 15th, 2023! 


This additional cost is estimated to be 200€ for each workshop, on top of the Participation Fee. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and coffee during the workshop. Please note that the details of the accommodation will be communicated at a later stage.


BATS is dedicated to supporting accessible education in applied theatre. Therefore, we offer a limited number of scholarships that could help reduce your overall cost. If you wish to apply for a BATS scholarship, please fill in this form with details about your situation or contact us via

Please note that until specific details about accommodation are finalised, our full-refund cancellation policy applies.


  • If you cancel 20+ days before the start of the workshop – you will receive a full refund minus a 50€ administration fee

  • If you cancel 10+ days before the start of the workshop – you will receive a 50% refund

  • There is no refund if you cancel less than 10 days before the start of the workshop

Application Process and Eligibility

The Foundation Course is open to anyone with a background in activism, performing arts, education, psychology, or social work. To apply, please register here.

We also like to get to know you beforehand, so send us an email and provide a brief description of your current professional situation, your intentions for the training, and your expectations and we can schedule a Zoom Call for any open questions.

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