Acting in Helsinki –

Acting in Helsinki

Academic year 2024-25
August 19th 2024 – May 23rd 2025

Application period
Application for the academic year 2024-25
opens 1.2.2024

Do you dream of becoming an actor? Do you want to focus on developing your skills for a full year?

Then a year at Nyland’s theater line is for you! The study line is a new venture in collaboration between Borgå folkakademi and Västra Nyland folkhögskola. Teaching takes place mainly in central Helsinki, where the education has its main base. Parts of the program take place in Karis and Borgå.

Both VNF and Akan have extensive experience in theater education. Now we collect the best pieces and create something completely new for Swedish Finland!

The studies at Nyland’s theater line are aimed at people of all ages who want to deepen their knowledge in performing arts and also at those who want to develop completely new skills. The program is designed so that you get a broad education in various parts of acting and other parts of the performing arts. You can use this study program as a springboard for further studies in, for example, theatre, film acting and musical theatre.

During the academic year, you will develop your knowledge and skills mainly in theatre, but also dance and singing in a safe environment under the guidance of professionally experienced teachers and instructors from the field. The studies consist of a basic course in acting as well as workshops and longer modules in other subjects.

At the end of each semester, we will work on a larger production. We stage the autumn semester’s production at Grand in Borgå. This spring’s production is played on TryckeriTeatern’s stage in the new cultural center Fokus in Karis.

In the studies, we learn from professionals in the industry. The topics we cover include improvisation, physical theatre, text work, comedy, musical theater and film acting. In addition to this, we invite specialized workshop teachers who work in different parts of the theater industry.

Our students also get the opportunity to participate in various kinds of productions from film and theater to other forms of performing arts. We have a good collaboration with several large and small theaters in Helsinki. These collaborations give you the opportunity to experience performances and to meet the actors, both on and behind the stage.

The studies are full-time (25 hours/week) from August to May.

Goals for the education

  • To develop as an actor, dancer and singer
  • To gain a stronger self-awareness and self-confidence on stage
  • To increase their knowledge of the theater industry, and make new contacts
  • Find security in various forms of stage expression

The program director is the theater director and educator Jermo Grundström. After more than ten years on stage, Jermo got a directing degree at the East 15 Acting School (University of Essex). After that he has directed plays around Finland. He has also taught at the Tampereen Ammattikorkeakoulu (TAMK), the Skene musiikkiteatterikoulu and Uniarts in Helsinki.

A group of actors

Contact and further information

Programme co-ordinator
Jermo Grundström

Programme Director:
Jermo Grundström | Phone +358 (0)44 031 3234 |

Helsinki. exact location will be announced later

Language of instruction:
The line is taught in Swedish and also Finnish. Some lessons are also taught in English, based on the teacher and the students. We are happy to take students from other Nordic countries and from other countries. Everyone is welcome!

Study fees:
400 €/month including teaching, lunch & afternoon coffee

(The fees apply to the academic year 2024-25)

If you need accommodation, you can board in the school’s dormitory connected to the school in Porvoo (Borgå folkakademi Runeberginkatu 16-18, Porvoo). You are responsible for the travel costs between Porvoo and Helsinki.

Cost 200 €/month in a shared double room or 260 €/month for a single room, including breakfast Monday-Friday and supper Monday-Thursday. Further information about accommodation and costs can be found here.

During the study period in Karis, accommodation is arranged at VNF’s dormitory.

Application periods and entrance exams:
First application period: 1.2–30.4.2024 (entrance exam is arranged 4.5)
Second application period: 6.5–2.8.2024 (entrance exam is arranged in the beginning of August).

Note the following:

  • Everyone who applies for the course will be asked to attend an entrance exam.
  • It is also possible to be admitted in other ways, if for some reason you are prevented from taking the entrance exam.

Theater performance at Grand, Borgå

The studies

The school year is split up into five main modules:

  • The work of the actor
    • Body and communication
    • Text analysis
    • Improvisation
    • Movement
    • Scene studies
    • Speech technique
    • Direction
  • Physical theatre
    • The fundamentals of physical theatre
    • Acrobatics
    • Dance theatre
    • Mask and mime
    • Stage combat
    • Devising
    • Improvisation
  • Musical theatre
    • Musical theatre
    • Music theory and note reading
    • The history of musicals
    • Singing and expression
    • Choir and harmony
    • Audition technique
  • Movie acting
    • Movie acting (in the class room)
    • Camera work (in front of the camera)
    • Script work
    • Post work (editing and directing)
    • Voice acting and dubbing
    • Casting workshops
  • Production
    • Text work
    • Repetition process
    • Role work
    • Work with the director
    • Performance work
    • Ensemble


The studies are generally full-time folk high school studies, 25×45 min per week.

We withhold the right to change the contents and offers in our courses and educational programmes.

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