PadovArts Academy

Conservatory of Performing Arts

What is it?

PadovArts Academy is a performance-based international conservatory, an evolution of The School for Theatre Creators founded in Chicago by Paola Coletto in 2012. This evolution is an expansion of The School prompted by exciting new collaborations with innovative theatre professionals, including Barabao Teatro, a professional touring company based in Padova and David Bassuk director and producer of immersive theatre, transmedia & digital storytelling projects.

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At the Academy, play and exploration are combined with a rigorous physical program with the body and gesture placed at the centre of the creative process.

Paola Coletto, director of the Academy, is one of only forty students in the world who have completed the pedagogical program as a teaching specialist under the direction of Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

The Academy is a privately-run, independent school that accepts 20 students per term.

Is it for me?

At PadovArts Academy, we welcome students from diverse artistic and professional backgrounds with an interest in collaboration, creation and a desire to take risks in the pursuit of fulfilling their artistic potential. The creative side of each personality is carefully hatched throughout the journey.

Because of the rigorous schedule, intense physical program and unique curriculum, the experience at the Academy requires commitment, focus and discipline.

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Classes follow a precise progression while taking students through a fundamental journey of change and evolution.

We train student’s bodies to be flexible, strong and precise, not simply as a physical preparation, but more importantly, for the development of their bodies as a poetic and creative tools. 

At the Academy we see students as multi-disciplinary athletes on the field of creation, each with an equal need for consistent training of their tools –body and mind– in order to become high level individual players who are also integral members of an ensemble.

The program’s academic year is comprised of three independent terms of 11 weeks each.
Each term is self-contained and can be taken independently or as part of the series (8 months)

Each term culminates in a public performance created by the students,
n collaboration with mentors chosen specifically for the relevant style.
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“After 25 years of teaching, I am confident in saying that theatre education forces us to take a deeper look at
the way we think and feel about ourselves, our values, and ultimately, our own lives. For us at PadovArts Academy,
encouraging the holistic growth of the individual as an artist is our priority. We ask our students to bravely
explore the wide range of human possibilities and to embrace the full potential of the human experience.
It is to this end that we use performance tools, which naturally attract actors and performers
to our work, but, at the same time, I want to underline that the Academy
is not explicitly only for actors, and welcomes artists of any trade.”

– Paola Coletto


 The Academy’s pedagogical structure rests on three foundational elements:

Professional training
While rooted in the work of Jacques Lecoq, the program incorporates other physical disciplines and artistic approaches.  

Intercultural exchange
The Academy welcomes artists from every field and cultural background. 

Collaborative Approach
Students work in collaboration, both autonomously and under the mentorship of professionals in various disciplines, to conceive, create and produce original works for public performances.


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P.I. 05090310284

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