The Manufacture approaches courses in theatre and dance from a perspective of research and creativity.

Students on different courses, practitioners, artists, researchers and tutors work on a single site, a place where ideas and practice come together and where the performing arts are viewed from a contemporary and multi-disciplinary standpoint.

The school’s multidisciplinary approach is reflected in each of its missions: degree and continuing education courses are led by tutors from different fields; artistic research explores projects in partnership with institutions and researchers in Switzerland and abroad; the activities centre proposes a wide range of services focused on the performing arts.


The Manufacture welcomed its first budding actors to Lausanne in September 2003, through the doors of the former precious-stone cutting factory after which it is named.

Founded by Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons and the francophone part of the canton of Berne, the Manufacture joined the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) in 2006. It then developed the missions of a higher education establishment: degrees, continuing education, applied research and service provision. Since 2009, it has offered Bachelor and Master degrees recognised at a European level.

In 2011 the State of Vaud also entrusted to the Manufacture vocational training for the new Federal Certificate of Capacity (CFC) in technical professions in the performing arts, overseen by the professional association ARTOS.

Following on from the Bachelor degree in drama focused on actor training, in September 2012 the Manufacture launched a Master in Drama with the emphasis on stage direction, in conjunction with the Master-Campus-Theatre network which brings together Swiss drama schools in Berne, Zurich, Lausanne and Verscio.

In September 2014, a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance was inaugurated. The first of its kind in Switzerland, it is run in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and in partnership with P.A.R.T.S in Brussels and the University of Berne.

The Manufacture is therefore the only university in French-speaking Europe to offer degree courses in dance and theatre on a single site.

The Manufacture plans in the future to extend its reach to choreography, dramaturgy, scenography and theatre education, thus becoming a true francophone centre for the performing arts and professions.

Foundation Board

The Manufacture - University of Performing Arts of Western Switzerland is incorporated as a foundation under private law.

Signatories to the inter-cantonal convention founding the Manufacture each have a seat on the Foundation Board. Added to this are representatives of professional and academic circles.


Charles Kleiber
former Secretary of State for Education and Research


Philippe Trinchan
Head of the Department of Culture, Canton of Fribourg


For the canton of Berne
Anne-Marie de Buman
Head of the francophone section of the Department of Higher Education

For the canton of Geneva
Aline Delacrétaz
Vice-director of the Department of Culture

For the canton of Jura
Jean Marc Voisard
Cultural Affairs Delegate

For the canton of Neuchâtel
Zsuzsanna Beri
Head of the Cultural Affairs Department

For the canton of Vaud
Chantal Ostorero
Director General of Higher Education

For the canton of Valais
Stefan Bumann
Head of the Higher Education Department

For professional circles

Jean Liermier
Director of Carouge Theatre in Geneva

Sophie Gardaz
Director of Le Petit Théâtre, Lausanne

Jean-Pierre Potvliege
Co-president of the Syndicat Suisse Romand du Spectacle (SSRS)

Anne Papilloud
General Secretary of the SSRS, Prilly

For academic circles

Eric Eigenmann
Associate Professor, University of Geneva

Guest members

Luciana Vaccaro
Representative of HES-SO

Serge Rochat
Representative of dance professions



Frédéric Plazy

Sarah Neumann
general secretary
+41 21 557 41 60

Laurence Pidoux
executive secretary
+41 21 557 41 61

HES Missions

Frédéric Plazy
Academic Head of the Bachelor in Theatre
+41 21 557 41 60

Delphine Rosay
Coordinator of the Bachelor in Theatre
+41 21 557 41 71

Robert Cantarella
Academic Head of the Master in Theatre
+41 21 557 41 70

David La Sala
coordination Master Théâtre
+41 21 557 41 70

Thomas Hauert
Academic Head of the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance
+41 21 557 41 72

Alessandra Mattana
Coordinator of the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance
en congé jusque juin 2017, remplacée par
Richard Afonso
+41 21 557 41 72

Yvane Chapuis
Head of the Research Department
+41 21 557 41 78

Olivier Yglesias
Assistant to the Research Department
+41 21 557 41 79

Anne-Pascale Mittaz
Head of the Continuing Education and Services Department
On leave until February 2017

Chloé Othenin-Girard
Continuing Education and Services Department
+41 21 557 41 74

Alain Ghiringhelli
Continuing Education and Services Department
+41 21 557 41 73

Vocational training

Claude Parrat
Head of the Vocational training course for Stage technicians
+41 21 557 41 80

Nathalie Berseth
Secretary to the Vocational training course for Stage technicians
+41 21 557 41 81


Marion Grossiord
Communications and partnerships Manager
+41 21 557 41 68

Sonia Spinello
+41 21 557 41 65

Céline Matthey
Accounting Assistant
+41 21 557 41 60

Samuel Bezençon
Administrative and HR Assistant
+4121 557 41 66

Christophe Jaquet
+41 21 557 41 69


Nicolas Berseth
Technical Director
+41 21 557 41 64

Ian Lecoultre
+41 21 557 41 75

Robin Dupuis
+41 21 557 41 76

Robin Friderici
I.T. Specialist
+41 21 557 41 83

Kaled Mohamed Ali
+41 21 557 41 77

Karim Ghersallah
intendant et responsable bar
+41 21 557 41 77

Céline Ribeiro
Stage technician apprentice
+41 21 557 41 77

Leutrim Dacaj
stagiaire costumier


The Manufacture offers a magnificent working environment within the former industrial complex that was previously the Golay-Buchel factory, rue du Grand-Pré 3-5, Lausanne.

The school, originally installed on two floors at number 5, has gradually expanded in the course of its development and, since September 2015 with the opening up of new premises at number 3, benefits from a floor space of 4,416 square metres on which to deploy its different activities.

At present the school offers:

  • A 228 m2 auditorium with 110 tiered seats
  • A 132 m2 performance hall with Harlequin dance floor and 50 tiered seats
  • A research laboratory
  • A library open to the public
  • 4 rehearsal rooms for dancers with Harlequin dance floor
  • 5 rehearsal rooms for actors and producers
  • 4 classrooms and meeting rooms
  • A cafeteria for students
  • A reception area for the public
  • A technical and joinery workshop
  • A wardrobe room