CATT is the Centre for Alternative Theatre Training.  It was founded by Michael Devine to provide low-cost, high-level training in alternative theatre techniques to theatre artists and professionals who wish to increase their skills or who may wish to acquire the ability to create independent, alternative theatre which uses non-traditional narratives and performance techniques.

The goal of CATT is to help create the Independent Actor. Independent actors are enfranchised individuals who posses the skills and confidence to express themselves in any situation.

More info here.

CATT makes every effort to ensure the comfort and safety of its instructors and students. CATT locations may be exotic, but they are all safe. CATT facilitators are available all day to assist students. The Canadian government website has a useful travel page which can give you specific information on each of the CATT countries, and other countries that often provide the service. CATT facilitators are happy to answer any specific questions sent to mickdevine@gmail.com.

CATT represents a unique opportunity to work with internationally recognized artists in a rich cultural setting. Every moment of your experience adds to your portfolio of artistic skills. CATT does not compete with, or contradict national academies and university training programs: it augments the learning curve of each performer, making each actor a more complete and dimensional performer.

Most CATT master seminars take place during the summer, and in regions where summer is generally hot. Northern countries, such as England, Ireland and Scandinavia, offer temperate summers. Students are encouraged to bring loose fitting, light clothes which they can hand wash. A guide like Lonely Planet or online sites like Trip Advisor can help, and CATT facilitators are always ready to answer questions on what to bring with you.

No. At CATT our philosophy welcomes all participants. We believe that a successful Master Seminar depends on the environment created by the instructors and the bond created between the students, and that having students from as many cultural and professional backgrounds as possible is always desirable. Most CATT Master Seminar participants will be actors, including those from every level of experience; but CATT’s belief is that all artists benefit from working with other artists or those of an artistic mind, no matter what the level of experience.

Yes, but each CATT destination requires checking to see if you require an adapter for your electronic devices. Mainland Europe is consistent from one country to another, while the UK and Ireland use a different kind of plug. Check this website: http://electricaloutlet.org/. Most electronic devices are now configured for both 110 and 230 volt (AC/DC) currents, so check your device before bringing it.

Flying to Italy is simple and often not expensive. Use a good aggregator website like CheapOair, Hipmunk or Orbitz, and avoid bigger sites like Expedia or TripAdvisor, which will try to sell you hotels as you book.

Venice has its own airport, Marco Polo (VCE) which is a short hop from Rome, the gateway for most people travelling to CATT Venezia by air. Rome has two airports, Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Rome Ciampino (CIA). Most major airlines use FCO, but you should check, as the connections into Rome are different. Flights to Rome on Ryanair, EasyJet and other discount flyers can be very cheap from inside the E.U. Rome also sometimes is the destination for charter flights from North America on airlines like Air Transat; they sometimes sell their remaining seats for very cheap prices.

Taking a train to Venice is easy: from Rome you go on the Trenitalia website:


The train destination can be either Venezia Mestre or Venezia Santa Lucia. Mestre is the town on the mainland where many CATT participants will be staying; it’s a quick and easy commute into the city from there.

The central bus station is located on Piazzale Roma, very close to the Santa Lucia train station. Buses from cities like Vienna and Ljubljana arrive frequently.

Contact us at mickdevine@gmail.com if you need any help.

Venice is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and in 2019 CATT will be taking place at the same time as the famed Venice Biennale, so space on the island will be at a premium. Your best bet is to book through Airbnb with friends to secure a space. Of the room bookers on the web which include hostel and bed and breakfast accommodation, I find booking.com to be consistently the best, but there are others, such as Trivago, that are available.

CATT Venice takes place in Costello district, which is near the tip of the island, so be prepared to take the water taxi service (the vaporetto) to get there if you are staying close to or on the mainland.

Another tip is to stay in Mestre, the mainland town that faces Venice. Train service to Venice from Mestre departs every six minutes or so and it’s an inexpensive way to get there.

Stay in touch with us on the CATT facebook site if you want to find like-minded CATT participants looking to partner up for accommodation.

You need to dress in loose-fitting, neutral-coloured clothes. We will provide everything else!

No! CATT instructors are vastly experienced at working with all international students. At CATT Master Seminars, the language of instruction may be English, but amongst students you will hear many different languages.

Contact Michael Devine at mickdevine@gmail.com for more information on what is necessary in completing the process.

CATT fees are low and your tour and final dinner are covered in the cost. You are responsible for your travel arrangements to the site. Accommodation is not included at CATT seminars, but the CATT locations generally offer a wide range of options from low-cost hostels to small hotels. Couchsurfing and Airbnb also provide online options.

©Michael Devine. 2020 - Can be used freely with permission.