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Student groups currently enrolled in high school or in an undergraduate programme with or without a focus in theatre, artistic initiation schools, and graduates from professional theatre schools are welcome to participate.

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Awarded Plays 2016 - 2017
Read about the winning plays of the most recent edition of FITU
How does it work?

Inscription

At this stage, you can enrol your play. Consult the call, fill the registration datasheet and be part of it!

Participation

First stage takes place. The international groups, which enrol in the Competition Modality, compete by sending a video with the whole performance recorded. Winners of this stage get to the Grand Final.

The Grand Final

During this time the four finalist groups of each category (20 in total) present their work, in the Theatres at Centro Cultural Universitario, in front of a new jury who will select the winner play for each category and announce them during the Closure Ceremony. This stage is open to the public and free of cost. It also presents workshops, conferences and other special events.
Performance Season

The awarded plays will present their work once more in one of UNAM’s professional theatres. and get a cash price of MX$20,000.00
International Representation
Germany
2010 In effigie! Büchner’s brain und die fische sterben, Otto-Falkenberg-Schule, Münich.

2011 Conference on Contemporary German Theatre, imparted by Kristo Sagor (Germany) and Frederik TInden (Sweden) with the support of UNAM’s Ingmar Berman Chair in Film & Theatre.

2011 The second innocence, produced by Teatro UNAM & The  Otto-Falkenberg-Schule.

2011 Conference on German playwriting, imparted by Kristo Sagor.

2013-14 Love's Labour's Lost, Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, Berlin.

2013-14 Blindness is not a springboard, directed by David Gaitan and produced by UNAM & Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts.

2013-14 Woyzeck, Directed by Moritz Riesewieck and produced by UNAM & Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts.

2013-14 Gestual Theatre Master class, imparted by Michael Keller, Academy of Dramatic Arts.

•  2015 Gestual Theatre Seminar, imparted by Michael Keller, Academy of Dramatic Arts.

2016 Clavijo Clavigo, directed By Michael Keller & Harry Fuhrmann produced by UNAM, University Theatre Centre (CUT UNAM), The Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre, and the Goethe Institute in Mexico.

2016 Talk: Clavijo Clavigo, imparted Michael Keller, Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts with the support of UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre.
Argentina
2011 Running times San Martín National University, Buenos Aires.

2015 Theatre criticism seminar, imparted by Dr. Jorge Dubatti, University of Buenos Aires.

2016 Workshop The cleverness of the body, imparted by Jorge Eines with the support of UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre.

2016 Workshop New tools to understand contemporary theatre Dr. Jorge Dubatti, University of Buenos Aires.

2016 Conference Actual trends of theatre in Latin America theatre, imparted by Dr. Jorge Dubatti, University of Buenos Aires.

2016-17 New tools for comprehending contemporary Theatre Seminar, imparted by Dr. Jorge Dubatti, University of Buenos Aires.

2016-17 Attachement, written & directed by Emiliano Dionisi, produced by Teatro UNAM and Centro Cultural Paco Urondo, University of Buenos Aires.

2016-17 Medicine for thirstiness. The Story of Maremoto Marquez Marielevich, written & directed by Ginés Cruz, produced by Teatro UNAM and Centro Cultural Paco Urondo, University of Buenos Aires.

2016-17 Business tools for artists and cultural managers workshop, imparted by Brenda Berstein, Dramaturgy diploma course at Centro Cultural Paco Urondo, University of Buenos Aires.

2016-17 Historic tale and poetic language workshop for actors & directors, imparted by Nicolas Lisoni, Dramaturgy diploma course at Centro Cultural Paco Urondo, University of Buenos Aires.

2016-17 Game & encounter workshop: acting training, imparted by Guillermo Cacace, professional theatre director, funded by UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre.

•  2016-17 Master Lecture: openness strength in the actor’s work, imparted by Guillermo Cacace, professional theatre director, funded by UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre.
Brazil
2011 Conference on Theatre of Brazil and the University of São Paulo, imparted by Abilio Tavares y Ferdinando Crepalde Martins.

2012-13 Mockinpott, a study of the common man / The last story / The Swallow Sinhá and the Striped Cat, directed by Claudia Schapira, Grupo 59 , The University of São Paulo.

2012-13 The passion of the matter, written and directed by Alberto Villarreal, produced by Teatro UNAM and The University of São Paulo.

2012-13 Public reading of the play El equipaje by Leonardo Moreira from The University of São Paulo, coordinated by Otacilio Alacrán.

2012-13 Public reading of the play Matero, 10 by Alexandre dal Farra from The University of São Paulo, coordinated by Otacilio Alacrán.

2012-13 Public reading of the play Los adultos están en la sala by Michelle Ferreira from The University of São Paulo, coordinated by Otacilio Alacrán.

2012-13 Public reading of the play Después de todo by Franz Kepler from The University of São Paulo, coordinated by Otacilio Alacrán.

2012-13 Public reading of the play Savana glacial by Jo Bilac from The University of São Paulo, coordinated by Otacilio Alacrán.

•  2012-13  Puppet creation and manipulation workshop, Imparted by Wagner Cintra from São Paulo State University.

2012-13 Outdoor stage interventions México and Brasil coordinated by Xyko Peres

2012-13 The river, Directed by Wagner Cintra from São Paulo State University

2013-14 Conference of Didactic Theatre Staging University Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, São Paulo.

2016-17 Judas, mercy for the rats, directed by Wagner Cintra, UNESP, São Paulo State University.

2016-17 From the matter to the form workshop, imparted by Wagner Cintra, UNESP, São Paulo State University.

2016-17 Conference: The circus of the death: and introduction to Tadeusz Kantor, imparted by Wagner Cintra, UNESP, São Paulo State University.
Chile
2010 The Eleven Catholic University of Chile.
Canada
2016-17 Birth of the character: from neutrality to body metamorphosis, imparted by Francine Alepin, University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).
Colombia
2016-17 Direction Critorium, by Guy Foissy, adapted and directed by Felipe Ciacedo, produced by Teatro UNAM and The University of Antioquia, Medellin.

2016-17 Mare nostrum, Written and Directed by Laura Uribe, produced by Teatro UNAM and The University of Antioquia, Medellin.

2016-17 Settings and public politics: Colombia-Mexico) round table, Dr. Eduardo de Jesus Sanchez, University of Antioquia, Medellin. Funded by UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre.

2016-17 Recovery of public spaces through stage arts: Colombia-Mexico round table, Professor Oscar Roldan Alzate, University of Antioquia, Medellin. Funded by UNAM’s Ingmar Bergman Chair for Film & Theatre.
Spain
2011 Deconstructing teXticles, Theatre Studio at Polytechnic University of Valencia.

2015 The Man Outside,  Plató de cinema School, Barcelona.

2015-16 The hideous Child, La Tarara Teatro, Seville School of Dramatic Art (ESAD).
USA
2013-14 The hunchbacks of Notre Dame Dell’Arte International School, California.

2013-14 Conference: Kennedy Center University Theatre Festival Western Washington University, Dell’Arte International School.

2012 & 2014 Clown Workshop Jeff Johnson.

2012 & 2014 Physical Comedy Workshop Matt Chapman, Dell’Arte International School.

2015 The Aliens, by Annie Baker, translated by Martin Ventura-Viana, and Directed by Kayla Adams, produced by Teatro UNAM and TheWestern Washington University.

2015 Gospel of the spangled banner, written and direct by Diego Álvarez Robledo, produced by Teatro UNAM and The Western Washington University.

2015 Pool 63, Directed by Bree Valle,  Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California.

2015 Story & Creation Workshop Bree & Philip Valle, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California.

2015 Set Design Workshop John Binkley, Northridge State University, California.

2015 Clown Workshop Matt Chapman, Dell’Arte International School.

2015 Public Reading of the play Aurora, By Leonard Madrid, translated by Martin Ventura-Viana and coordinated by Sixto Castro Santillán.

2016 & 2017 The body of the Actor Workshop Laura Muñoz, Dell’Arte International School.

2015-16 Topdog / Underdog, directed by Mark Kuntz, The Western Washington Univeristy.
France
2011 Electra Awakes Les Trois-Huite, District 8 New Theatre, Lyon.

2011 Conference on Myths during present times, Imparted by Silvie Mongin-Alagin (Les Trois Huit) and Ximena Escalante.

2015-16 Workshop Sketch of heights Sylvie Mongin-Algan, Compagnonnage (GEIQ)- théâtre, Francia.

2015-16 Quand je pense au théâtre, je n'ai plus peur de la vie Compagnonnage (GEIQ)-Théâtre.

2016-17 Different acting styles and stage presence, imparted by Catherine Marnas, National Theatre of Bordeaux in Aquitaine.

2016-17 Master Lecture: Actual context of French Theatre and its perspectives, imparted by Catherine Marnas, National Theatre of Bordeaux in Aquitaine.
Greece
2010 Odyseus, identity and return, Directed by Esther André, produced by Teatro UNAM, University Theatre Centre (CUT-UNAM) and Dilos Theatre Scholl, Athens.
Peru
2014-15 Violence, Art & Design y Peruvian Theatre Conference Dr. Silvio Ferrari, Catholic Pontificate University of Peru.
Poland
2015-16 Illumination, directed by Liwia Bargiel, The National Academy of Dramatic Arts Aleksander Zelwerowicz, Warsaw.

2015-16 Romanticism & Leftism- Polish Theatre in recent years, Talk given by Dr. Waldemar Razniak, The National Academy of Dramatic Arts Aleksander Zelwerowicz, Warsaw.
United Kingdom
2015-16 Lela & Co. public reading of the play by Cordelia Lynn, translated by Mohamed Farid Channan, and coordinated by Daniel Breton. Play recommended by The Royal Court Theatre.
History of FITU
The once Theatre & Dance Management office (now divided in two) created in 1991 The University Theatre Festival. Since the beginning this effort was justified due to the constant demand to make stages available to the different student theatre groups in various schools and faculties.

Right from the start, the objective to exhibit the highest amount of plays produced by students was set; this also keeping in mind how the work would improve by having the opportunity to watch other proposals. In other words, one of the ends has always been the creation of a forum to disseminate university theatre, as well as, to promote the improvement of this art form through a healthy competition.

Throughout the history of the Festival several contributions and improvements can be listed: its consolidation as an international event, the  increase of activities through the implementation of workshops, conferences,  talks and outdoor performances, the creation of specific categories for participation for the student groups, and a special cycle of presentations for the winning plays of each category.

Now, 25 years after its creation the Festival has improved in a sensitive manner. The participating groups have multiplied achieving with this a National consolidation by having involved the participation of different schools around the states of the Mexican Republic. 2010 marked a brand new cycle with the growing interest of various international schools to join; this soon transformed the event to National & International University Theatre Festival until it achieved a fully international status in 2014 when it became The International University Theatre Festival or FITU (according to its Spanish Acronym).
1991

The first call for the Festival was organised, involving the participation of 54 student groups.
1992-1996

The presence of the Festival consolidates in the educational field, and there was a growing number in both, participants and spectators.
1997-2003

There is a notable improvement in both the artistic and production quality of the presented productions.
2004-2007

The Festival achieved a National Status, by including the participation of schools from 16 different states of the Mexican Republic. To maintain a fair competition, the categories were adjusted in to five different ones according to the scholar level of the contestants.
2010

For the XVIII Edition, the international scene is opened with the objective of allowing young Mexican students to share and learn from views and experiences from the international guests. This is done by having representation from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile’s Schoof of Theatre, and the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule acting school in Munich, Germany. At the same time, an artistic-academic exchange programme is opened with the participation of Esther André, from De Dilos Theatre School, in Athens, Greece, by directing a production with students of UNAM’s University Theatre Centre (CUT).
2011

This edition had the involvement of 33 student groups from the different states of the republic and a total of 1,506 students. The International representation happened through the participation of the Technical University of Valencia, Spain; the NTH8 group from Lyon, France; and the Theatre Company, La arena, from the National University of San Martin, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Festival, through Teatro UNAM co-produced with Germany a play called La siguiente inocencia, by Kristo Sagor, directed by Frederik Tinden (graduate of the Otto-Falkenberg Schule, Munich) with students of UNAM’s University Theatre Centre (CUT).
2012-2013

The now National & International Theatre Festival turned 20 and celebrated this by being one of the most important forums for creation and critical thinking in our country. This edition had a total of 1,672 contestants, 6 workshops, 105 plays with 121 national performances and 17 international ones. The international performances were constituted by 3 productions from Grupo 59 (Brazil), and 3 co-productions between Teatro UNAM and the University of São Paulo. There were a total of 17,742 spectators. Also, to improve the organization of the Festival, for the first time both the dates for the First Stage and The Grand Final were set in to two different years. The First Stage took place in October 2012 and the Grand Final in February 2013.
2013-2014

The XXI Edition continued to celebrate the Festival in two years, having the First Stage in October 2013 and the Grand Final in February 2014. In total we had 1,521 participants with 125 plays that gave a 162 performances, 8 workshops from National and International professionals and a total 18,521 spectators. A part from the 20 finalist productions for the Grand Final, the artistic-academic exchange was done between Teatro UNAM and the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art (Germany). The international presence is completed with International schools showcasing their Work in an Exhibition Modality. The event also had groups from the Ernst Busch Academy, Dell’Arte International Theatre School (USA) and Teatro Didactico of the São Paulo State University (Brazil). Various public readings of plays by Mexican and Brazilian playwrights were organised.
2014-2015

The now International University Theatre Festival or FITU, continued with its traditional artistic-academic exchange, this time with the Western Washington University (USA).  For the Exhibition Modality the event had guest performances from Cuesta College (USA), El plató de cinema (Spain). For the First time International schools were accepted to participate in the Competition Modality; as a finalist, La Tarara Teatro from ESAD school in Seville (Spain) became the first ever International group to win the Best play award by competing in Category “C1”. The Festival also offered various workshops and conferences by theatre professionals from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Germany and the United States. All of the above justified the transformation of the Festival in to a fully international one. During this edition, the event had a total of 1,303 participants with 115 plays that gave 121 performances, 6 workshops and 15,059 spectators.
2015-2016

With 94 national groups and 7 international ones enrolled in the Competition Modality during the First Stage in October 2015, UNAM’s University Cultural Centre received the Grand Final in February 2016. The 20 finalist included the participation of the group GEIQ-Théâtre (France) in Category “C2”.  The Artistic-Academic Exchange was done with the University of Antioquia (Colombia), and two brand new plays were produced exclusively for the Festival. A third form of Artistic-Academic Exchange was developed and other areas of the University, as well as some external ones, such as the Ingmar Bergman Chair in Film & Theatre, the University Theatre Centre (CUT),  The Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art and the Goethe Institute in Mexico got involved. The International representation was completed with two public readings, one from a young Mexican playwright and another from a young British one; the Exhibition Modality welcomed productions from the University of Antioquia, The Western Washington University (USA), the Alksander Zelwerowicz Academy of Dramatic Art (Poland), and the theatre company Vaca 35 in collaboration with Mexican and Spanish actors. The workshops were given by professionals from Germany, Argentina, Colombia, the United States and Mexico. In total there were 1,051 participants with 124 plays that gave 150 performances and a total of 15, 147 spectators.
2016-2017

The  XXIV edition of the Festival had a total of 107 groups enrolled for the First Stage, this included the participation of 5 international ones. For the Grand Final the Artistic Academic Exchange was done with the Paco Urondo Cultural Centre from the University of Buenos Aires; the Exhibition Modality welcomed back, after a four years, a production from Teatro Didactico of São Paulo State University (Brazil); public readings from young Argentinian and Mexican playwrights were organised. Workshops by professionals from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, The United States and France were imparted. There were a total of 15,329 spectators.
2017-2018

We are currently in process of organising the XXV Edition, hoping to expand our relationships to Asia in order to continue our path to an international consolidation.