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Movement  Directing 
Diploma Course


Movement Directing is one of the most valuable fields in contemporary performance making, the movement director works hand in hand with the theatre director. NIPAI Movement Directing Course aims to give our students practical skills needed to work professionally with performers in contemporary performance making.

Its program provides students with a broad insight view of movement directing within the performance making context, specifically focusing on practice within the discipline, ethics and aesthetics of movement, directing and teaching.  This special educational program focuses on a specific movement directing approach towards the actor's body awareness, body language and development of a specific physical style.

This course answers such questions as:

  • how to set a transition of character in a play;

  • how to set through actions of each actor in performance;

  • how to transform the actor into a character;

  • how to develop the actor's body possibilities;

  • how to stage movement, choreography, acrobatics, stage combat in performance;

  • how to create a rhythm of performance;

  • how to work with an international team of performers

We encourage our students to develop study projects where practical movement teaching and movement directing finds a range of potential applications in the fields of theatre production, puppetry, animation, classical theatre, film acting, and contemporary and devised work.

There are opportunities for students to develop their own performance as movement specialists according to their interests in this growing and innovative field, they will undertake potentially ground-breaking research into movement. The courses are taught by tutors who are current professional practitioners in their field of movement pedagogy, movement direction and movement research.

The core of every program​ in NIPAI is learning by doing, thus every student of Movement Directing Diploma Course will work on the Study Project - Graduation Performance in the assigned organization working with professional crew in professional settings. 

All students pursuing a Diploma Course at The New International Performing Arts Institute must be proficient in English and earn a bachelor's degree (at a minimum) or an acceptable equivalent. Applicants must also submit a Creative Portfolio. 

Program Duration: 18 months
InClass Sessions: 4 study weeks 
Distant Learning: 30 study weeks
Program Format: Online & InClass 
Study Project: Graduation Performance
Next Intakes: April 2023



Guided by a holistic understanding of movement training, the program enables students to develop competent skills by teaching fundamental principles and main techniques that establish and reinforce Movement Teaching and Movement Directing.


  • gaining access to up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge

  • theory and practice of modern Movement Director and Teacher


  • studying with a combination of actual and virtual seminars

  • accessibility to knowledge from all over the world


  • development of own performance, which is a substantial part of the study, in line with individual interests



As our students are busy with their professional lives and need flexibility, we offer variable study duration. Students can apply for Movement Directing Course at any time during the year and can start the program with either the practical session or distant tasks and online seminars.


Students who wish to delve deeper into a specific topic can choose to attend an additional practical session from the elective projects that is in line with their interests.


We designed a special assessment system for students of NIPAI. It allows students to feel free from conventional examinations. Instead of common grading system we established a score system. After each completed task  the student receives points, after certain number of collected points,  the student moves to the next level and is allowed to proceed to next semester. This system is specifically designed to avoid subjective assessments by lecturers.

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