Theatre Academy

We are a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.

Three persons in a bright and spacious rehearsal room. Two are wearing costumes, third person is holding wires of lighting equipment.
Veikko Kähkönen

About us

Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes in performing arts. Our graduates pursue careers as lighting and sound designers, dancers, choreographers, dance and theatre pedagogues, actors, directors, dramaturges and performance artists. We also offer a Degree Programme in Acting in Swedish.

Art, performances, education and research are in constant interaction with each other at the Theatre Academy. Acquiring a set of skills is the foundation to build off of, but the ultimate goal is to develop students’ thinking and help them grow into artists.

Performances are a significant part of the core of the teaching and research at Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy, which is why they are also included in the degree requirements. For students, performances are an instrument for producing art, a research tool and an opportunity for hands-on learning.

The Theatre Academy hosts about 50 premiers per year, and the majority of them are open to the public. Anyone can join the audience by purchasing a ticket from the Theatre Academy ticket sales.

Contact information

Admissions services

Tel. (phone operator) +358 294 47 2000

P.O. Box 20


Our 14 degree programmes and centre for joint studies offer a variety of options. Find out more about our studies and admissions.


We are a forerunner in artistic research in performing arts. Our research activities are run by The Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke.

Art and events

Through performance, our students get to make and explore art and learn by doing. Learn more about performances and events.


    • Maarit Ruikka

    • Dean
      Theatre Academy
    • Contact via the executive assistant:
    • Ville Sandqvist

    • Vice Dean, Teatterikorkeakoulu, Theatre Academy
    • +358503090132
    • Leena Rouhiainen

    • Professor, Teatterikorkeakoulu, Theatre Academy
    • +358400792093

Professors and heads of programmes

    • Eeva Anttila

    • Professor, Tanssinopettajan maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358405858415
    • Tomi Humalisto

    • Professor, Valosuunnittelun koulutus- ja maisteriohjelmat, Theatre Academy
    • +358405074551
    • Otso Huopaniemi

    • Professor, Dramaturgian ja näytelmän kirjoittamisen koulutusohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358505288364
    • Aune Kallinen

    • Professor, Utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst, Theatre Academy
    • +358469219098
    • Jari Kauppinen

    • Professor, Äänisuunnittelun koulutus- ja maisteriohjelmat, Theatre Academy
    • +358400792154
    • Elina Knihtilä

    • Professor, Näyttelijäntaiteen koulutusohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358505240927
    • Saana Lavaste

    • Professor, Ohjauksen koulutusohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358505273873
    • Kirsi Monni

    • Professor, Koreografian maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358405456350
    • Eeva Muilu

    • Professor, Tanssijantaiteen maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358456349704
    • Tero Nauha

    • Professor, Live Art and Performance Studies, Theatre Academy
    • +358504710467
    • Riku Saastamoinen

    • University Lecturer, Teatteriopettajan maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • +358400792037

Alumni and graduates

International Theatre Academy

By actively participating in international networks and collaboration projects we develop our education, artistic activity and research.

Visiting Experts lecture series

In its Visiting Experts lecture series Theatre Academy invites international experts in the arts and sciences. The lectures are open for the public.

  • Previous visitors to the Visiting Experts lecture series

    The lecture series was launched in 2019. Past visitors include Paul O’Neill, David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan, Jaana Parviainen, André Lepecki, Nora Sternfeld and Adrian Heathfield, Kon­stan­tina Georgelou and Efrosini Pro­topapa, Su­sanna Lind­berg, and Niko­laus Müller-Schöll.


Learn about the Theatre Academy’s history and how three academies merged to become Uniarts Helsinki.