The Headmasters of the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre:
1957-1977 Voldemar Panso
1978-1982 Aarne Üksküla
1982-1985 Eduard Tinn
1986-1995 Kalju Komissarov
1995-2011 Ingo Normet
2011-... Peeter Raudsepp
The founder of the school was VOLDEMAR PANSO (30.11.1920 - 27.12.1977),
an Estonian director, actor and a theatre pedagogue. As a young man, Panso worked in a peat bog and wrote short stories for newspapers. He graduated from the Higher Theatre School in 1941 and later obtained his director's degree at the Institute of Theatre Arts of Moscow under Maria Knebel and Aleksander Popov - both students of Stanislavski. Panso was an actor in the Drama Theatre from 1941-50 and a director at the same theatre from 1955-58. He founded the Higher Theatre School in 1957 at the Tallinn Conservatoire and held the headmaster's position at the school from 1957-1977. To this day it has remained the foremost school for theatre arts in Estonia. Additionally, Panso worked in the Estonian Television, Estonian Radio and at Tallinnfilm. He founded the Youth Theatre in 1965 which finally broke the 16-year monopoly of the Tallinn Drama Theatre for the Estonian language plays in the capital and re-established a fruitful competition.
INGO NORMET (b. 08.06.1946)
is an Estonian director and theatre pedagogue. He graduated from the Institute of Theatre Arts of Moscow in 1969 where he studied under Anatoli Efros. In 1984, Normet graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography and in 1994 obtained his PhD from the Theatre Academy of Finland. He worked as a director at the Endla theatre in Pärnu (from 1973-74 also as a director at Tallinnfilm) and as a head director at the Endla from 1982-1991, the head director of the Television Theatre at the Estonian Television (1991-92), a member of staff at the Higher Theatre School from 1990, the headmaster of the school 1995-2011, a professor since 1996 and professor emeritus since 2011. Ingo Normet has been the guest director in numerous Finnish and Estonian theatres and has been the director to over 100 productions. He has also written plays for children and articles on theatre theory.
Ingo Normet has been the member of the Estonian Theatre Union since 1971, a secretary of the board of the Estonian Theatre Union from 1986-1991 and the head of the Estonian Union of Directors from 1993-95.
PEETER RAUDSEPP (b. 1974)
is the current headmaster of the school. He is an Estonian stage director, theatre pedagogue and translator. He graduated from Drama School of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1996, on Master's Level in 2000 and at the moment he is studying on Doctoral Level of EAMT. He has taught actor's work and voice in Viljandi Cultural Academy of Tartu University for more than ten years. At the moment he is the Associate Professor of actor's work in Drama School of EAMT (since 2011). He is also a freelance stage director, his recent productions include "Useless people" by Reko Lundan (2009), "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter (2010), "Gorgo's Gift" by Peter Shaffer (2010) and "The Collector" by John Fowles (2012). Raudsepp has translated "The Invisible Actor" by Yoshi Oida, "Actor's Technique" by Mikhail Tchekhov, "Actor's Training" by Jerzy Grotowski and "Stanislavski and the Actor" by Jean Benedetti. Peeter Raudsepp is the head of Estonian Stage Directors' Union.