CAS Resilient Stages

Empowering through Performing Arts in Conflict Zones

CAS Resilient Stages

Empowering through Performing Arts in Conflict Zones

In more and more areas of work, we come together with people who come from very different life realities, often marked by poverty and/or from the experience of war, violence and/or persecution.

This training programme offers a unique opportunity to experience intercultural work in local and international conflict and crisis areas and to use theatre-based approaches to deal with challenging realities. It is a so-called CAS, Certifcate of Advanced Studies with 10 ECTS (credit points).

The CAS programme consists of three modules that build on each other and combine theoretical knowledge, practical exercises and reflection.

The participant will learn how theatre work can be used to activate life forces, strengthen self-awareness and a sense of community. They will learn to reflect on their own starting position and develop awareness of inequality and discrimination. They will analyse their motivation and acquire competences and skills to position themselves in intercultural collaborations.

The participant will emmerse himself in an inspiring and transformative experience. We offer an exchange with theatre makers from the Kurdish regions in Iraq and/or Syria. One will experience how theatre can contribute to experiencing diversity as a richness by learning from each other. Theatre work in crisis areas is forward-looking cultural creation.

Head of training

Daniel Bausch

Anina Jendreyko; assistance Giulia Crescenzi
Guest lecturer: Pascal Moor and others
Costs and ETCS

3500 CHF, 10 ECTS

The title “Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)” is an internationally recognised university title with 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).  If you only want to participate in the 1° module, this would be possible and would be certified with 2.5 ECTS.


English and German


1st module | 19 – 24 January 2024 | Basel

2nd module | 25 March to 14 April 2024 | Northern Iraq or Rojava (North West Syria)

3rd module | 22 – 23 May 2024 | Verscio, TI

The methodology of the CAS programme is based on a combination of theoretical input, practical exercises and reflection.  Self-reflection, body and voice work, mindfulness practice, improvisations, scene work, own teaching, exchange and discussion, as well as group work and creative processes are integral parts of the CAS. Participants have the opportunity to contribute their individual skills and interests and to work in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment. The CAS places great emphasis on participatory and respectful interaction and on building sustainable relationships with local people.

Requirements for participation

  • Many years of practice in a performing profession/social work
  • A valid passport
  • Stable personalities who are prepared to behave in a reflective manner in crisis regions
  • Willingness to respect one’s own and the troop’s safety, as well as that of the local population

Admission procedure:

  • Letter of motivation or feature
  • Personal interview or by zoom/ jitsi
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