Theatertreffen-Blog: Open Call 2017
Theatertreffen-Blog 2017: Journalists and writers wanted!
“Art is free”, as is stated in the German constitution. But it is hardly necessary to point to the transformation in worldwide politics to realise that this freedom is under massive attack. It is therefore more than ever important for criticism to play the role that philosopher Susan Sontag assigned to it fifty years ago: To defend art – and to conduct an open dispute about the appropriate means to do this.
This is why for its ninth edition, the Theatertreffen Blog once again invites authors and journalists with a passion for the theatre to meet this challenge during the 54th Berlin Theatertreffen as members of an editorial team. We are looking for a critical look at the productions invited to the festival, which does not only review them per se, but also within greater contexts, may they be social, political or creative. This is why this call is not addressed exclusively to theatre specialists, but also to writers from diverse backgrounds, who are interested taking the wide range of creative approaches and positions presented at the Theatertreffen into account. Furthermore, we particularly welcome applicants from the artistic disciplines of photography, video art and illustration.
A readiness for vigorous editorial work and to stay in Berlin for the entire duration of the Theatertreffen (5 to 21 May 2017) are required. Even though texts may also be published in English, the organisational processes demand very good German language skills.
Costs for travel and accommodation will be covered by the festival, tickets for shows are included. Participants will also receive a modest allowance. There is no age limit; the Theatertreffen Blog does, however, see itself as a project to support young journalists.
Please submit your applications in form of a PDF-file to
The application should contain a motivational letter (max. 3,000 characters), a tabular CV and up to three representative work samples. Writers should include at least one (published or unpublished) theatre review.
The deadline for applications is 1 February 2017.