Theatre Studies and Theatre Management

Established: 1950

Educational degree: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)

Form of education: Full-time


Program Director:

Prof. Dr. Sc. Kamelia Nikolova  






Academic team:

Prof. Dr. Sc. Kamelia Nikolova (History of European Theatre, Theory and History of Directing, Contemporary Stage Practices), Prof. Dr. Sc. Anna Topaldzhikova (History of European Theatre), Prof. Dr. Veneta Doycheva (Theatre Text Analysis, Theory of Drama), Prof. Dr. Kalina Stefanova (History of American Theatre, Critical Genres), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asen Terziev (Theatre Journalism for Radio and Television, History of European Theatre), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boris Minkov (History of European Literature), Dr. Angelina Georgieva (Theatre Journalism and Internet, Theatre Text Analysis, Contemporary Dance and Performance), Dr. Elena Angelova (History of Bulgarian Theatre, Theatre Performance Analysis), Prof. Dr. Svetlana Stoycheva-Andersson (History of Bulgarian Literature), Prof. Dr. Atanas Atanasov (Fundamentals of Drama Theatre Acting), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Penko Gospodinov (Fundamentals of Drama Theatre Acting); Prof. Dr. Sc. Nikolai Yordanov (Theatre Performance Analysis, Theory of Theatre Performance), Prof. Dr. Doychina Sinigerska (History of Puppet Theatre), Dr. Rumiana Nikolova (History of Russian Theatre, Preparation and Development of Stage Project), Dr. Desislava Stoycheva (Art Management); Dr. Mihail Baykov (History of Puppet Theatre, Theatre Performance Analysis), Dr. Ina Bozhidarova (Dramaturgical Text Analysis).



The programme is the only one in Bulgaria that prepares highly qualified specialists in the field of theatre history and theory, theatre criticism and theatre management. The educational process focuses on the development of practical skills for working in a wide spectrum of specialized scientific and/or journalistic genres in the print and digital media; for managerial, expert and coordinative work in governmentally subsidized theatres, independent theatre companies, special projects in the performing arts, related festivals and other organisations.


Education is only full-time, lasting 4 years (8 semesters). The specialized training emphasizes on fundamental disciplines such as the history and theory of the Bulgarian, European and world theatre; theory of drama; stage performance and spectator’s perception; theatre management; marketing and cultural policies in the  performing arts. During their studies, students develop basic skills for the analysis of dramaturgical texts, theatre performances, theatre processes, theatre organizations and the cultural market. Students graduate by defending a Bachelor thesis in the field of stage practice, dramaturgy, or theatre management (not shorter than 50 pages).



Graduates acquire the educational qualification degree “Bachelor of Arts”, with professional qualification “Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Critical Studies” or “Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Management”. They have the options to work as dramaturgs; consultants of theatre organisations, companies and media; theatre critics and journalists in the print and digital media; managers and coordinators of projects in the field of performing arts and culture; experts in the field of theatre production, marketing and distribution; employees in state and municipal cultural administrations. Graduates could also continue further their education in Master programmes.



Stage I – Practical Exam (anonymous)

Applicants receive a topic (same topic for all applicants) under which they must develop a written essay based on their ideas, knowledge and understanding of theatre.

Exam duration: 240 minutes. Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in Stage II.


Stage II: Oral Exam

The texts of the applicants admitted to Stage II are discussed by the Selection Committee together with the applicants themselves. The applicants also comment on one of 15 theatre plays made known to them at least 6 months before the exam and suggested by the Selection Committee and are interviewed in order to understand their potential capabilities, interests, overall cultural knowledge and mindset, ability for independent thinking and artistic reflections. Applicants who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in the final ranking.