Translating Theatre Workshop in Paris

Location: Paris, France

Dates: June 3 - June 27, 2019

Faculty Director: Laurie Postlewate, French Department

Program length: 4 weeks

Language of Instruction: English and French

Term: Summer

Pre-requisites: 2 years of college-level French

Credits: 3

Class standing: Rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors

Application Deadline: extended to April 1, 2019

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students



Program Description: Barnard’s prestigious Center for Translation Studies is returning to Paris for its second year! In this four-week program, students will immerse themselves in French culture by attending theater performances and navigating daily life as a Parisian, all while working collaboratively on translating five French plays into English with a foremost practitioner.  Classes will be held in Columbia University’s historic Reid Hall and students have the option of living with a French family or in an apartment in the city.

Academics: “Translating Theatre” is a workshop format course that combines hands-on translation practice (French to English) with discussion of theoretical and dramaturgical issues specific to translating theatre. We begin our work with the observation that all theatre performance is inherently translative in its interpretation of a text, and inversely that the translation of a text is a performative act. From this point, we consider how the linguistic translation of a text intended for performance is shaped by the context of its enactment and reception. We discuss and translate, both collaboratively and individually, from five French-language plays during the workshop session. We will also attend, as a class, new productions of the plays in Paris; these experiences will enrich our exploration of the conditions, possibilities, and limits that performance presents to theatre translation.

2019 Syllabus (subject to change)

Application Procedures:

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 1, 2019.  Applications may emailed to, faxed to 212-280-8797, or hand delivered to the Provost’s Office, located in 110 Milbank Hall.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Academic Transcripts. You may submit an unofficial transcript with your application. If admitted, Columbia and visiting students must submit an official transcript. Transcripts may be sent electronically to Barnard College, Provost’s Office, attn. Giorgio DiMauro, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY  10027;

Students will be notified of the results of their application within two-three weeks of the deadline, and will be required to pay a tuition deposit at that time to hold their place in the program.

Application Timeline:

Rolling until March 22                                           Application deadline
April 8                                                                    Confirmation of enrollment due

May 6                                                                     Tuition due



General eligibility requirements for the Barnard Summer Study programs are outlined below:

  • The summer study classes are open to all Barnard and Columbia students as well as students from other U.S. accredited colleges or  universities.  
  • Individuals who have completed at least one year of college but who are not currently enrolled in school are not eligible to apply.
  • The completion of at least two full-time semesters of college is required and intending to return to home institution for at least one more full-time semester (students in their last semester of college are ineligible to apply).
  • Be at least 18 or older prior to beginning of summer term.
  • Most students who are admitted have earned a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • Be in good academic standing at your home institution.
  • It is expected that students selected to participate in the course will have completed the Intermediate level of French.

Application Review and Notification:

A review of a student’s academic records and personal statement is required to confirm admission to one of the Barnard Summer Study programs. Once an admission decision has been reached, the applicant will be notified of the decision by email, within 2-3 weeks of the stated application deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed. If an application is missing a required component (i.e. transcript, personal statement) it will not be reviewed until the missing material is received.

Location, Accommodations and Meals:

Translating Theatre is held at Reid Hall, an academic center that includes classrooms, a student lounge, a library and computer terminals for student use. Students are also strongly recommended to bring their own laptop computers.

There are two housing options available: a homestay or a private apartment. Information and costs can be downloaded here.  Once accepted, students will work with Barnard to determine their housing plan. Students will pay for housing costs directly to the provider.

No meals are included in the program fee and there is no meal plan. There are grocery stores, boulangeries, fromageries, and charcuteries where you can buy food supplies for dining and meals.

Financial Information:

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be responsible for their own airfare and for their meals, housing and personal expenses while in France.

  • Undergraduate Tuition                               $4,500
  • Program & Activities Fee                            $300
  • Administrative fee for visiting students       $150


Competitive scholarships are available for Barnard students enrolling in Barnard faculty-led summer programs.  Funding decisions are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit. See the Barnard Faculty-Led Programs Scholarships page for more information and for applications. Students from other colleges should check with their home institutions about financial aid and scholarships.

Confirmation of Enrollment-Reservation Deposit:

Admitted students who intend to enroll must confirm their intention to participate by submitting a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500. This fee must be paid within two weeks of acceptance notification and will count toward tuition payment. Enrollment is not guaranteed until this payment is received.


After students have been accepted to the program and paid the required tuition deposit, they are considered an enrolled participant in that program. By making such payment they are expressing their intention to participate in the program, and acknowledge that the deposit is non-refundable. Payment in full is due May 6th. If a student cancels participation between May 6th and May 15th, tuition and fees are refundable, minus the $500 deposit. After May 15th, tuition and fees are non-refundable.

Should a program cancellation become necessary prior to the start, for reasons such as safety or under-enrollment, Barnard will refund tuition to the participants. Unrecoverable program expenses (e.g., airline deposits, housing fees) cannot be refunded.

For unrecoverable expenses, you may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that can be obtained through many travel agents or insurance companies. Policies vary on what triggers trip cancellation, so you should check with travel insurance providers for more details.

Transfer of Credits:

Students who are not enrolled at Barnard should consult their home college/university to find out if their school will accept the transfer credits. Barnard is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools but each institution may have specific policies dictating what classes are transferable from outside institutions. Please consult with the professor for individual course syllabi.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations during a Barnard Summer Study Program must contact the Barnard Disability Services Office to discuss reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to contact the office prior to applying and should register with the office as soon as they receive notification of their acceptance to a program.

Health and Safety while Traveling Abroad:

All students traveling internationally will be required to register through Barnard/Columbia’s Travel Registry: ISOS travel.

It is essential that students have adequate medical insurance coverage to participate in one of our Summer Study Programs. If you have the Barnard student health insurance plan, it will cover you domestically and abroad on an out-of-network basis. If you have other insurance, make sure that it will cover you (especially abroad) abroad for routine and emergency care, mental health, pre-existing conditions. Be prepared to pay up-front for care and submit receipts for reimbursement.

Other resources:

Honor Code:

The Honor Code is a vital part of the Barnard community because it helps to shape the character of Barnard College. The “Honor System” refers to the combination of the Honor Code, the Honor Board, and the members of the entire Barnard community who together strive toward building a community of academic integrity. All students on one of Barnard’s summer study programs are expected to adhere to our honor code.

Contact Information:

If you have general questions about your application or procedures, email for assistance. Students may also reach out directly to Professor Laurie Postlewate at about Translating Theatre.