Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Contemporary Lithuanian Drama




Subject Title: Contemporary Lithuanian Drama

 Taught by: Lect. Dr. Gabrielė Labanauskaitė

Acad. Cycle 

ECTS credits



Contact hours



1 semester



Year of study

Weekly lectures/seminars


1st, 2nd


4 / 31 seminars per semester

Knowledge in theatre or drama required for admission examinations at basic or higher level






10-pont scale (homeworks and visiting performances- 30%, discussion - 20%, exam: term paper and its‘ presentation  - 50%) 

Aim and objectives

The course aims to illustrate the various forms of Contemporary Lithuanian Drama and theatre, contextualizing the former into the context of historical, societal, political and technological processes. 

The lectures will proceed in monographic and synchronic fashion, with a selection „by author“ and „topic“. Equal attention will be devoted to different musical environments and cultures: classical, folk and popular. Most of the lectures will be multimedia-supported, with specific attention towards theatrical examples and audio-visual material.

The seminars will consist of guided discussion around read drama (videos, movies, documentaries, live performance) pertaining the topics of the course.

 After completing the course, students will:

- Develop familiarity with interdisciplinary and critical thinking within the context of Lithuanian Contemporary Drama and Theatre.

- Develop familiarity with drama as artistic practice and in relation to broder social contexts.

- Be able to describe and explain different drama authors and genres as social and cultural processes.

- Be able to identify and define Lithuanian drama and the importance of culture in today's increasingly globalized world.

 Topics of the course:

- The roots of Contemporary Lithuanian Drama and lates tendencies.

- Experiments of Drama in the writings of Sigitas Parulskis (The Never Ending Loneliness for Two)

- Social and historical glimpse of Gintaras Grajauskas (The Girl Whom God Feared)

- Story telling features of Marius Ivaškevičius texts (A Hat, Love, Sheepskin Coat, Close City)

- Magical realism at Laura – Sintija Černiauskaitė drama (Lucy is Skating, The Beans)

- Review of younger playwrights generation (Marius Macevičius, Gabrielė Labanauskaitė, Teklė Kavtaradzė, Darius Piraitis).


2008. Lithuanian Theatre Today. Vilnius: Theatre and Cinema Information and Education Center.

2009. Lithuanian Theatre. Vilnius: Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų institutas.

2011. Lithuanian Drama Today. Vilnius: Theatre and Cinema Information and Education Center.