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Student Exchange Program Announced With Italy’s Florestano Vancini School of Cinematic Arts

Theatre of Arts is proud to announce an exciting new partnership and student exchange program with the esteemed Florestano Vancini School of Cinematic Arts in Ferrara, Italy.

TOA Students participating in the exchange program will have the opportunity to visit Italy during the summers of 2021 and 2022, attending either the one-week Tenda Summer School at International Campus of Theatre and Commedia dell’Arte, or two weeks attending classes at Florestano Vancini School of Cinematic Arts in Ferrara, the hometown of Michelangelo Antonioni and birthplace of the Neorealism school of cinema.

In exchange, participating Florestano Vancini students will have the opportunity to visit Los Angeles for two weeks in the summer, enrolling in a vigorous full slate of acting conservatory instruction. They will be hosted at TOA’s campus in the heart of Hollywood, the creative heart of America’s entertainment industry.

Federica Pocaterra, Segretaria at Florestano Vancini School of Cinematic Arts, comments on the exchange, “We are so pleased and happy to start this beautiful exchange and we are sure that it will enrich our students’ lives on so many levels. Together, our schools will generate only beautiful things, which humanity needs more than ever, especially in this moment. It is our duty as artists to bring hope and beauty to the world.”

David Conolly, Director of Education at Theatre of Arts, adds “We could not be more excited to partner with Scuola d’Arte Cinematografica Florestano Vancini. The passion of their faculty and students is incredible, and a perfect match for our own community of dynamic artists. With the creative communities in both Italy and California having been so impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hopeful and eager to turn the page and soon begin collaborating with our new friends in Ferrara.”

Additional details on exact timing of the exchange program, as well as information on eligibility and how to apply, will be available soon through the Theatre of Arts administration office and online at


David Law




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