As well as a team of teachers with long experience, the school has ideal facilities for theatrical practice. Being in the most artistic neighborhood of the city, right next to the street were most theaters are, brings inspiration. All of this makes the school a nest for theatrical innovation and a European referent.
Berty Tovías Wertheimer (1952, Barcelona) is the director of Estudis de Teatre, and a well known specialist in the methodology of Jacques Lecoq.
He began his professional theatrical career working as an assistant for the renowned stage designer Fabia Puigserver on a number of plays. Upon graduation from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona in 1976 he became part of Dagoll Dagom (No hablaré en Clase, Antaviana y La Nit de Sant Joan), a company which grew to great renown and prominence in the Catalan Theatre scene. He studied Acting at “L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq International Theatre” in Paris. In addition to this training he also undertook the LEM (Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement).
When he returned to Barcelona, Berty Tovías worked as an actor in theatre, film and television, as well as turning his theatrical eye towards direction, in works such as “… Ño!” with Pepe Rubianes. In 1992 he collaborated as a guest director in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in Barcelona.
Since Paris Berty Tovías has focused his energies on teaching, and worked as the Director of Studies at Col·legi del Teatre from 1979 to 1986. Since 1989 he has taught at the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona. He is often called in to give specialist courses in the Lecoq method throughout Spain and abroad.
His teaching project is consolidated in 1997 when he creates Estudis Berty Tovías, Escuela Internacional de Teatro.
Since then, Berty Tovías has combined his role as the director of the school with the role fo Director in several independent productions such as “La Muerte de Marguerite Duras” by Tato Pavlosky, which opened in Buenos Aires and “Inferno” by Felipe Cabezas.
Felipe Cabezas (Chile), Christophe Marchand (Paris), Paola Rizza (Milano), Christian Atanasiu (Berlin), Sali Cervià (Sallent), Merche Ochoa (La Rioja), Nico Kohen (Montevideo), Lassaad Saïdi (Tunis), Jason Turner (London), Pascal Lecoq (Paris), Marion Jourdes (Rodez), Ángeles Ciscar (Valencia), Montse Bonet (Barcelona), Simon Edwards (England), Pablo Ballester (Cuba), Stefan Metz (Switzerland), Lilo Baur (Switzerland), Stefano Perocco (Italy), Sergio Claramunt (Valencia), Cisco Margenat (Barcelona), Cacu Prat (Artés), Yvette Vigatà (Perpignan), María Escalona (La Habana), Helena Pla (Barcelona), Peter Gadish (Budapest), Sergio Lulkin (Brasil), Ruth Salama (Barcelona), Philippe Peychaud (France), Marcelo Katz (Argentina)
The school is located in the very centre of Barcelona, between Las Ramblas and El Paralelo, a stone’s throw away from the Mediterranean.
The builiding where the school is in number 10 of Cid street, where “La Criolla”, the famous cabaret of the Crazy 20’s of last century used to be. Some of the people known to have visited “La Criolla” are relevant characters of European cultura of the time, such as Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Georges Simenon o Thomas Mann entre otros.
The school has 500 m2 and ideal facilities for the practice of Theatre. It has 2 rehearsal rooms and a great room where classes and presentations to the public take place.
Barcelona and Raval
Barcelona is one of the most vibrant cities on the Mediterranean. Little more to ad to it’s well deserved fame of being a cosmopolitan city. It’s architecture, beaches, underground culture. The variety of languages, colours and flavours that fill the streets… all of it makes Barcelona an absolutely unique place.
But there is a less known side to the city. This Barcelona reminds us of the period between the wars, the time when it became a nest of spies, smugglers, scoundrels and… artists. Theatre, cabaret and poetry found in the Raval neighbourhood a rich feeding ground. This historical influence can be felt still in its theatres and clubs and, of course, at number 10 of Cid street.