Keep searching, the foundation stone of our teaching.

Part school, part laboratory, the University of Performing Arts of Western Switzerland (HETSR), or Manufacture, provides young artists with a space for creativity and experimentation, enabling them to acquire and develop the fundamentals of their craft while exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary artistic endeavour.

By bringing together under one roof courses in drama and dance, the Manufacture provides a higher education context in the field of theatre arts that is unique in French-speaking Europe. The transmission of basic knowledge and skills goes hand in hand with learning about creativity and independence thanks to modular courses consisting of lessons, seminars, and practical and experimental workshops run by internationally renowned professionals.

Through its demands and its realistic approach to the creative and performing arts, the Manufacture allows its graduates – actors, dancers, directors - to become in their turn active professionals, making their mark on the contemporary stage and guiding its evolution.

HES-SO University

An HES-SO University

The Manufacture is integrated within the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) which includes 28 universities and more than 19,000 students enrolled on 67 study programmes. It is financed by cantonal and federal contributions.

This status allows the Manufacture not only to award fully accredited Bachelor and Master degrees recognised in the Bologna system, but also to conduct research projects and offer continuing education courses in its specialist field of performing arts. It also actively encourages equality of opportunity and integration in the workplace.


Courses offer

The Manufacture offers at the moment three higher education courses :

  • News


    Job offer

    La Manufacture is looking for an administrative employee to join the Continuing Education and prestation de service Department (60%)

    Deadline for application : 4 May 2017

  • 24.04.17

    24.04 - 12.05.2017

    Workshop with Richard Maxwell

    "Écrire, traduire, représenter"
    Expérimentation artistique des étudiants du Bachelor Théâtre, Promo I, dirigée par Richard Maxwell

  • 26.04.17

    26.04 - 27.04.2017

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 April and Wednesday 17 May 2017
    Coach: Jean-François Michelet
    Registration deadline: Wednesday 5 April 2017

  • 28.04.17

    28.04 - 05.05.2017

    "Les Zoocrates" at the Opéra de Lausanne

    Animal and operatic silliness
    Libretto by Örs Kisfaludy

    New production Opéra de Lausanne with the participation of the students of Master Theater (world premiere)

  • 05.04.17

    05.04 - 06.04.2017

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 April and Thursday 4 May 2017
    Coach: Anne Schwaller
    Fully booked!

  • 29.03.17

    29.03 - 30.03.2017

    HEP - Le vers racinien ou le double enjeu de l’alexandrin

    Journées de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    Mercredi 29 et jeudi 30 mars 2017 / 2 journées / 14 heures
    Horaire : 9h00-12h30 / 14h00-17h30

  • 28.03.17

    28.03 - 29.03.2017

    Argument contre l’existence d’une vie intelligente dans le Cône Sud

    Staged reading of a play by Santiago Sanguinetti, directed by Nina Negri, Master in Theatre student

  • 24.03.17

    24.03 - 31.03.2017

    Programme Commun 2017

    Manufacture takes part in Programme Commun, hosting Boris Nikitin and Milo Rau.