Study Abroad Program
May 11 - June 1, 2020

In this three-week, six-credit study abroad program, Appalachian State Theatre Arts professors Paulette Marty and Sue Williams lead students on a learning experience in Europe.  While in Europe, students have opportunities to see innovative international performance, learn from theatre professionals, see artifacts and sites from major periods in theatre history, and explore European cultures that have profoundly impacted the development of American theatre.



(itinerary for 2020 will be similar)


Tour Roman Baths

Visit Fashion Museum

Tour Stonehenge & Avebury

Stay at Bath YMCA


Retrace the route of the mystery plays

Tour the medieval city

Hear a choir at Yorkminster Cathedral

See The Be All and End All at York Theatre Royal

Stay at Georgian Mews Hotel


Visit Shakespeare's grave

Tour Shakespeare's birthplace

Tour Kenilworth Castle

Q&A with Paul Sawtell, stage manager of Duchess of Malfi

Q&A with Joan Iyiola, lead actor in Duchess of Malfi

See King Lear at Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

See The Duchess of Malfi at RSC

See The Fantastic Follies of Mrs. Rich at RSC

Attend a talk by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran

Stay at Grosvenor Hotel


See shows at the Brighton Fringe Festival and the Brighton Festival

Stay at Brighton YHA Hostel


Do an acting workshop at Shakespeare's Globe

See As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe

Tour Elizabethan and Restoration sites

Visit Westminster Abbey

Tour Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Q&A with Maria Aberg, director of The Duchess of Malfi

Q&A with Jonjo O'Neill, actor in The Prudes

Tour performance exhibit at the V&A museum

Do a new play development workshop at Royal Court Theatre

See The Prudes at Royal Court Theatre

See Everybody's Talking about Jamie on the West End

Tour the National Theatre & its facilities

See Brief Encounter at Empire Cinema

Stay at Palmers Lodge Hostel



Theatre in Europe, Past & Present is a six-credit study abroad program. Each participant registers for two courses:

THR 3531  Contemporary Theatre and Culture in Europe* 

THR 3730 Early Theatre History and Literature **

There are required course meetings from 5:00-6:00 on Tuesdays during the SPRING SEMESTER preceding the program. You MUST be available to attend these meetings.

*THR 3531 has the following prerequisites:  THR 2005, THR 2009, and one other THR course.

**If you have already completed THR 3730, it may be possible to register you for a THR independent study instead and arrange some alternate assignments. 

Kenilworth Castle Gardens  by Wyatt Nyman


Quotes from participants

"The most important thing that I learned on this trip is that I am capable of being away from home and stepping out of my comfort zone.  I've always wondered whether or not I could travel to another country and feel comfortable there and now I know that I can."

"In London, you really never know what kind of people you are going to see.  Just in passing, I would guess I have seen more nationalities than I ever have in my entire life.  Just in London, excluding all other places in England, I have seen and interacted with more people from around the world than I have with native British people.  The world seems more accessible to me now."

"In history classes we learn about things that have happened years in the past but it is hard to have concrete ideas until we see it.  I know humans had been around for a long time, but seeing graves from the 1500s solidified this better than any history class on campus ever could have."

"I was intoxicated by history at many points on this trip."

"Writing papers and analyzing the plays after we saw and discussed them was very beneficial. My ability to analyze performances has increased so much."

"I've been the most surprised by my newfound appreciation for more abstract theatre.  We saw so many different kinds of theatre that all had so much substance."





The fee for the 2020 program will be $4997.44.  The program fee is "all-inclusive," meaning it covers airfare and all ground transportation (including a pass for the London underground), lodging, admissions to all museums and cultural sites visited as a group, tickets for all theatre productions attended as a group, workshop fees, insurance, and a stipend to cover all meals.


In addition to this program fee, each participant pays tuition for six credits of summer session (estimated $910.00-950.00).


Because this is a six-credit program, students can apply for financial aid to help cover costs. Talk to Kim Overcash in the Appalachian State University Financial Aid Office about your options. Also, some study abroad scholarships may be available through the Office of International Education and Development.

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Preliminary applications for the 2020 program are due by October 16, 2019.  Once the leaders have confirmed you meet the requirements and determined if there are enough spaces for all applicants, they will clear you to complete the application. The application is due by November 1, 2019.

If there are not enough spaces on the program for all of the students who apply, priority will be given to theatre majors and minors based upon earned semester hours.




Department of Theatre & Dance / Appalachian State University / Boone, North Carolina


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