Vision

Cultural life in the Palestinian territories is severely limited and has been strongly neglected due to the difficult political conditions in the last years. So far no professional academic institution for theatre and performing arts existed within Palestine. The goal of the Drama Academy Ramallah is to establish a long-needed Palestinian academy which is going to provide young theatre artists with a professional and qualified education, improve their chances both in Palestine and the close-by Arab countries, and last but not least end their isolation from the international culture and theatre scene.
 
In order to give the future graduates of the Drama Academy Ramallah a perspective for their professional life, we are working closely together with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, so that some of our students might be able to start working in Palestinian schools and other cultural and educational institutions.
 
One of our main concerns is to encourage women to study drama and performing arts. Therefore, we try to get a well-balanced gender ratio amongst our students. All the parties involved in this project are convinced that investments in cultural education and formation make an important and sustainable contribution to the Palestinian society.

'A LONGTIME DREAM COMES TRUEí by George Ibrahim
 
Because there is no school, institute, or university that teaches drama; because of the shortage of professional actors and directors, especially women; and the dearth of professional drama teachers to teach at the various theater schools and institutions, we find that the Palestinian infrastructure has a great need for such a cultural and creative institution. I have long dreamt of creating an institute or an academy for theater arts.
 
At the end of every school year, many talented and enthusiastic thespian high school graduates-to-be would ask me where they could study; they wanted to know whether there was any opportunity for them to study theater arts here in Palestine. Although the question hints of bitternessóa bitterness that I experienced personally when I graduated from high schoolóit made me more adamant to find a solution to the problem. There is no place, no theater in any country in the world that I have ever visited, where I did not seek a partner or help in building such an academy.
 
I found that the dream was shared by many others, but many said that the idea is unrealistic in a country like Palestine. Many discussions and dialogues ended on that note, despite the fact that my ideas and dreams were supported with studies and models proving that the idea is not unrealistic, and that it would be possible to establish this academy. Fate caused me to cross paths with thespian colleagues in Germany during one of my theater tours. Fortune must have been smiling on me, because our colleagues are very experienced at teaching theater at one of the most important European drama, music, and dance universities, accredited and recognized by all arts schools, universities, and institutions of arts worldwide.
 
Those good people without much ado shared the burden of the dream, and we worked together with dedication and love to bring the vision to life. Along with a selected group of Palestinian professors, I spent two weeks at their institution, Folkwang Hochschule, learning about their unique experience in training and preparing professional artists. They were as happy as we were when, on 21 January 2009, we officially celebrated the signing of a partnership agreement between us. Signing the contract signaled the commencement of efforts to prepare for the 2009 school year, which includes the participation of a large group of experts and artists. Will we succeed in fulfilling the needs and aspirations of our sons and daughters? That is the question.