By international standards, the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art is a small theater school (4 faculties, almost 400 students), located in the capital city. At the same time, it is the only national theater university educating also in the field of film and television in Warsaw. One can therefore say that it is the central theater academy in the country. Due to its intimacy, it retains the character of a prestigious college, and thanks to the state’s support and close relations with leading cultural institutions (including the National Theater, Z. Raszewski Theater Institute), it fulfills an educational mission in the field of training actors, directors, theater scientist and puppeteers who are to constitute the country’s artistic and scientific elite.
The way the academy functions can be considered in the following dimensions: internal – strictly educational (of a closed nature, based on the termination in small groups of the master-student principle, as well as within artistic works and research, developed by the academic staff) and external (within of which the Academy is an artistic institution presenting the diploma performances and workshop performances starred or directed by students for the audiences of Warsaw and Białystok, and Poland). Institution, which develops and publish publications, organizes conferences, symposia, open days and meetings with importance for Polish culture personas.
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The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw is a member of international theater organizations: Europe: Union for Theater Schools and Academies (E:UTSA), Platform of European Theater Academies (PLETA) and World Theatre Education Alliance (WTEA). For many years, it has actively participated in programmes known as Erasmus and Erasmus Plus. Under the aforementioned organizations, the Theater Academy in Warsaw conducts international multilateral projects. The academy also participates in the Erasmus student exchange program, performing acting courses and internships for foreigners.
The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw is also the main organizer of the ITSelF International Theater Schools Festival and The International Puppetry Festival in Białystok, which are the most important artistic events organized on the international scale. All of the above mentioned projects provide opportunities for students’ and professors’ exchanges.