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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring - Short Term
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


DRA 386 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1-3 credits)

This course culminates in mounting and performing a production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Students rehearse the production during the spring semester and perform at the Festival in late July/early August. The Spring semester class functions as a self-contained company, with actors, stage managers and technical and design students. Students will then reconvene in Edinburgh three or four days prior to the start of the Festival for rehearsals. This time will also be used for students to explore Edinburgh, allowing for an invaluable experience on many levels. During the Festival, students will have the opportunity to attend a great variety of performances at the Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival.

This is a studio class, and offers various experiential learning outcomes:
  • Learn to meet the demands of the rehearsal process and production according to your function: acting, stage management, design and technical support. 
  • Gain experience performing at the world’s largest theatre festival for an international audience. 
  • Attend performances at the Fringe and International Festivals, with an opportunity to experience a variety of work embracing various genres from leading companies around the world.

There are no prerequisites for Drama majors.  Non-majors must have the consent of the instructor.

Class size is limited to 20 students.  Any graduate student or advanced undergraduate student is eligible to apply.  Students who enroll in this course must participate in both the Syracuse and Edinburgh portion of the program. This is not an introductory course.

Prof. Joseph Whelan

Tentative Program Dates: July 30-August 14, 2018

Tentative Itinerary 2018
Day 1: Travel from New York to Edinburgh. 
Day 2: Settle into accommodations.
Day 3: Meet at venue for brush-up rehearsal.
Day 4: Meet at venue for brush-up rehearsal.
Day 5: Technical rehearsal.
Days 6 – 11: Performances.
Day 12: Attend performance at Edinburgh International Festival.
Day 13: Attend performance at Edinburgh International Festival.
Day 14: Depart Edinburgh, arrive New York City.

Students register for this class (1 – 3 credits) during the spring semester. This means that SU undergraduates pay no additional tuition charge for the overseas program, as long as they have not exceeded the 19-credit limit for the semester. The fee for the travel portion of the course will be approximately $3500 and includes round trip transportation from either JKF or Newark to Edinburgh; housing at The University of Edinburgh; festival registration, venue, production, and advertising costs; tickets to the international festival; and all activities and services for which a separate fee is not charged. The final fee will be set once airfare and other expenses have been confirmed.

Application, Selection & Payment Procedures
A completed online application and a $70 non-refundable application fee are due to Syracuse Abroad by November 1, 2017. All applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee made up of Professor Whelan and a Syracuse Abroad representative. Students will be notified of their acceptance shortly after the due date. Upon acceptance, a $575 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation in the program. The full program fee will be posted to accepted students' bursar accounts on December 15, 2017, and billed alongside Spring 2018 semester charges.

For more information: Please contact Kelsey Hanbach: 443-9421 or

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.