OPEN CALL Theatertreffen - apply for a grant

International Forum at Theatertreffen 2015
by Berliner Festspiele

This call is aimed at theatre makers up to the age of 35 from the fields of directing, acting, design, dramaturgy, writing, music, video, performance, choreography and other artistic disciplines. The International Forum is a two-week grant programme organised by the Berliner Festspiele's Theatertreffen and sponsors theatre makers from all parts of the world. The International Forum offers an opportunity for theatre makers with a few years of professional experience to question their own creative work, to expand their view beyond national contexts and to address the question of what the theatre of the future should be. Within the Theatertreffen's international context, it facilitates a comprehensive artistic practical and theoretical exchange.

Theatre makers up to the age of 35 can apply for a grant until 31.1.2015. More information and application >

The Theatertreffen
For more than 52 years, the Theatertreffen of Berliner Festspiele has been gathering the ten most remarkable theatre productions from the German-speaking countries each year in May. An independent jury made up of seven theatre critics selects a total of ten productions from the wide spectrum of theatre currently being produced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The determining criterion for a production's invitation to the Theatertreffen is its remarkable contentual and aesthetic quality.

For decades, the support of theatre makers, culture bloggers and dramatists at the outset of their careers has been a Theatertreffen tradition. The International Forum brings about sustainable working relationships and the exchange of artistic practice and theory; the Theatertreffen's Stückemarkt sets out to find innovative theatre languages and diverse forms of authorship and the Theatertreffen-Blog promotes new avenues of online cultural criticism.

Each year, the tableau of the productions invited to the Theatertreffen sheds light not only on the state of contemporary art of the German-language theatre and its current dynamics of development, but also on the state of society and politics. The Theatertreffen-Camp focuses the aesthetic, structural, topical and socio-political issues that arise from the ten selected productions, the Stückemarkt's presentations and the central themes of the International Forum. As the festival's discourse interface, it offers a platform for deeper analysis. A critical exchange between international grant holders and Theatertreffen-artists, jury, dramaturges, publishers, Stückemarkt-authors, students, scientists, politicians, bloggers as well as international theatre directors and curators, the Theatertreffen-Camp facilitates a critical self-reflection and positioning of contemporary theatre against the backdrop of society and global politics.