The MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) is a ground-breaking course that takes postgraduate education out of the classroom and puts practical experience with world-leading makers of performance at the heart of the learning process. You will work alongside some of the most exciting directors, choreographers, performance artists and performers to further your own creative practice through active collaboration, devising and performance.

The ideal CPPM candidate is a committed artist with already existing artistic practice, who are looking for a safe, inspiring, stimulating and non-judgmental environment to develop further and challenge their artistic vision, and who are ready to work in a highly challenging professional creative environment. CPPM encourages you, as an artist, to experiment boldly and uncompromisingly, while questioning artistic norms and your own preconceptions at every step. CPPM accepts that there is no singular ‘best’ approach, which is why you will be working with artists from different backgrounds and areas of expertise: Text-based and Post-dramatic Theatre, Site-specific and Immersive Performance, Multimedia, Installation and Performance Art, Durational Performance, Verbatim and Political Theatre, Physical Theatre and Tanztheater.

Uniquely, the course recasts the teacher-student relationship as one in which you will act as fellow collaborators with the Guest Artists. You will work closely as a company with these leading experts in the same way in which they run their own rehearsal room, putting real-world working methods at the very centre of the learning process. It is a practical apprenticeship in the studio, face to face with masters from every aspect of theatre and performance making, where you will develop your craft by creating and experimenting. Since you will not be working as a student but as a fellow company member, you will be expected to show the same level of commitment, creativity and professionalism that these artists normally demand.

Over the two years of study, you will follow four terms of intensive study, organised into periods of two or three months in the studio, followed by breaks in which you will continue developing your craft independently. Your experimentation and discoveries will not be confined to the walls of the Academy as you will be constantly creating and testing your work in front of an audience. Each of the four terms culminates with a public performance and the expectation is that you will continue to develop and produce your creations after your graduate.

CPPM will be accepting 16-18 students every two years so that we could give our full attention and support to our students for the entire duration of their studies. In its first intake in 2019, CPPM accepted 16 students from Australia, South-Korea, Malta, Rumania, Croatia, Malta, UK, Ireland, Italy and Estonia. Next intake will be in 2021.

Guest artists

You will be taught by leading practitioners from all over the world. They have already made a great impact on the industry and are all still creating ground-breaking work, continuing to build on highly successful and innovative careers.

Confirmed companies teaching on the course 2019-2021 include Gecko (UK), Jan Fabre’s Troubleyn (Belgium), SITI Company (USA), La Pocha Nostra (USA), Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Germany), Complicite (UK), Rimini Protokoll (Germany), Jasmin Vardimon Company (UK), former Theatre NO99 (Estonia), Olivier De Sagazan (France), Izumi Ashizawa Performance (USA/Japan), Djalma Primordial Science (France), Butoh-Ma (Germany), Theatre EnCorps (Greece), Fuoco alla Paglia (Italy), Physical Lab (UK), Theatre Re (UK), Kinetic Theatre Project (Russia), Embodied Poetics (UK), Zou Theatre Company (Canada/Poland/Estonia) and freelance practitioners Lorna Marshall (UK), Christina Teague-Mann (USA), Fran Barbe (Australia), Stacy Makishi (UK), Peader Kirk (UK), Simona Gonella (Italy/UK), Clara McBride (Canada), Konstantinos Thomaidis (UK), Agnieszka Mendel (Poland), Janek Zórawski (Gardzienice, Poland). We are still in conversation with many other companies but, due to their very busy schedules, their involvement will be confirmed in due course.


All Guest Artists are active professionals who are constantly creating new work and touring internationally. This list is therefore subject to change, although this will be minimised as much as possible.


Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) is a public university, offering higher education in all major fields of music and theatre through bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. With approximately 700 students, it has the highest percentage of international students in Estonia’s public universities and has grown to be an internationally competitive learning and research facility. Students come from all over the world: China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, Vietnam, Russia, Chile, Poland, Romania, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Georgia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania. Half of all master’s students are international.

The majority of Estonian musicians, composers, actors, and theatre directors graduated from the EAMT and include: Composer Arvo Pärt, Pianist Peep Lassmann, Conductor Eri Klas. In recent years, some of the theatre program graduates have made a remarkable international career in the performing arts: Risto Kübar (München Kammerspiele, NT Gent), Sergo Vares (Lyric Hammersmith), Ursel Tilk (Jan Fabre’s Troubleyn). Theatre director Tiit Ojasoo, with his former company Theatre NO99, was awarded the European Theatre Prize in 2017, and he is currently working across Europe.

Studying at the EAMT means that you will be part of an institution that values and maintains the academic traditions of European music and theatre education while being open to modern developments. It offers excellent teaching facilities, an enviable staff to student ratio, and attention to your needs for your development as an individual artist.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation and due to the very international nature of the CPPM, we have decided to take a tough decision and postpone the new CPPM intake for a year. We believe it is better to wait for the situation to get safer so that we would be able to run the course as initially planned with students and guest artists being able to travel from all over the world. We will announce the new intake in Autumn 2021 with international auditions taking place in Spring 2022 and course commencing in Summer 2022. Stay safe!