The New Department of the School of Visual Theater is an international research program for artists working in the live art field (performance, theater, dance, sound, music, etc.). The program supports and encourages ambitious work and seeks to act as a springboard for challenging projects and long-term processes within local and international contexts. 

The program offers links between study, research, experiment, and finally – development of a personal production, which will debut in an international showcase event. The program consists of study sessions and discussions with key figures in the local and international art world; studio visits and practical workshops; a personal grant for developing a new production.

To work on your personal project, you will receive mentorship, rehearsal spaces, a fully equipped workshop, technical assistance, targeted marketing and exposure to artistic directors, curators, and the public.

Moreover, the new department program includes a week-long residency program in the desert, and a trip to an art event in Europe.

The program will be held in the new building of the School of Visual Theater, located in the new arts campus in the heart of Jerusalem. Parts of the program will take place in various locations in Israel, in collaboration with local and international culture institutions.

The new department is supported by the Jerusalem Foundation ~

Program director: Guy Gutman – artist, director and head of Miklat 209 – the former director of SVT (2009-2017) / Team: Hila Cohen-Schneiderman – chief curator of MoBY / Silvia Bottiroli – DasArts, Santarcangelo Festival (Italy) / Livia Andrea Piazza – University of Giessen (Germany) / Itzik Giuli – actor, director, playwright, director of the Israel Festival (2015-2021) / Talia Keinan – artist / Menahem Goldenberg – philosopher and lecturer / Nava Frenkel – performance artist

⊸ Qualifications


February – July: Study period. Study sessions, lectures, workshops, visiting institutions and a trip abroad. Wednesdays 10:00-19:00

August – September: Residency period. Thinking and developing a personal project, rehearsal process which will take place in the school

October – November: Studio Period. Meetings with curators, artistic directors and key figures about the personal project. Mentorship and technical assistance in preparation for the project premier. Wednesdays 10:00-19:00

December: Project premiers in SVT’s international Performance Conference

Tuition and Grants


  1. Fill out the the registration form below, including your portfolio below. Submission deadline: May 4th, 2022
  2. Personal Interview (by invitation only)
  3. Answers will be given between May 8th-17th. The New Department will open on June 8th, 2022

✸ Submission has ended