Thomas Bernhard Institute

Thomas Bernhard Institut | © Manuela Seethaler

The Thomas Bernhard Institute at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg is one of Austria's most renowned and innovative places to study contemporary theatre practice.

It offers three study programs: Acting, Directing and Applied Theatre. In all three programs students find a comprehensive range of practical and theoretical courses. The core of each study is formed around project based artistic work in combination with technical-practical and theoretical-reflective teaching. This enables students to develop their own artistic practice right from the start of their studies. 

The three programs encourage an understanding of theatre from different perspectives. Independent performance practice and research projects are just as much part of the studies at Thomas Bernhard Institute as the exploration of the dramatic repertoire, performative interventions in public space and lectures on recent political struggles. Transcultural cooperation and international exchange play an important role in the study program of theThomas Bernhard Institute. There are intensive co-operations with international partner institutions such as the Free SZFE Budapest and the E:UTSA network.

As a place of public assembly, theatre genuinely maintains a relationship to social reality. The Thomas Bernhard Institute takes this fact into account by constantly incorporating questions of responsibility and the function of theatre. Care for oneself and for each other, recognition of difference and mutual appreciation, as well as the distribution of resources and negotiation of diversity, are crucial to the rehearsal process and the academic debate. Critical awareness and social, political as well as ecological problems build the common ground for artistic work at the Thomas Bernhard Institute.


At one glance

Productions per year
Rehearsal rooms
Graduates annually



  • 24.6.—28.6.2024
    Franz-Josef-Straße 2
    Applied Theatre
    5 years Applied Theatre
    5 years of Applied Theatre - we're celebrating with Open University XL! A week of LaborX, stand-up lectures, open spaces, coming and going, eating and drinking, playing and talking at Franz-Josef-Straße 2!
    Open Days
    · Free
  • 25.6.—26.6.2024
    Theater im KunstQuartier
    Elfriede Jelinek: The silent girl
    The NSU trial is the largest criminal trial against right-wing extremist violence since the Second World War. Commentators have described the 438 days of proceedings as "drilling deep into German society". After the trial began in 2013, Elfriede Jelinek wrote "Das schweigende Mädchen".
  • 4.7.—5.7.2024
    Theater im KunstQuartier
    Applied Theatre
    After Crisis
    Master's project by Abel Kotorman. Together with co-researchers, Abel Kotorman explores questions of the aesthetics of socio-political and personal crises. Interactive, scenic archive work offers insights and the opportunity to ask questions.
Artistic Theater Practice & Society

Applied Theatre


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Andreas Greiml | © Christian Schneider
Andreas Greiml

Department management / overall technical management / Lecturer for stage technology

Service department management

Lecturer for drama

Stephan Pfister | © Christian Schneider
Stephan Pfister

Dispatcher / Assistant to the Head of Department / Lecturer for Cultural Management & Organisation of Work Processes

Stefan Kaminsky | © Lena Beltermann
Guest lecturer
Guest lecturer
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