About the Festival

The Theatertreffen © Berliner Festspiele
The Theatertreffen. [Video trailer]

Every year in May, Germany’s most important theatre festival brings together theatre-makers, journalists and guests from all over the world in Berlin. The centrepiece of the Theatertreffen is formed by the ten “most notable productions,” which are chosen every year by an independent jury of critics from a possible 400 performances of the season. This summit of German-language theatre is divided into three event sections: the Theatertreffen Camp during the day ties in public and discursive events with visitors from the worlds of culture, politics and commerce, and forges links between theatre and current socio-political subjects (free admission). The central evening events comprise of the performances of the ten selected productions and the guest performances and readings of the Stückemarkt. At night, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele invites you to public discussions, premiere parties and concerts. What’s more, the International Forum and the Theatertreffen-Blog offer young theatre-makers and cultural journalists the opportunity to develop their professional experience.

Yvonne Büdenhölzer
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Yvonne Büdenhölzer

Yvonne Büdenhölzer, born in 1977 near Cologne, has been the Theatertreffen’s director since 2012. She studied German philology and educational sciences and worked as a dramaturg for various municipal theatres and independent companies. From 2005 to 2011, Yvonne Büdenhölzer was artistic director of the Stückemarkt of the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen. In October 2009, she initiated the symposium “Schleudergang Neue Dramatik – Zur Zukunft der zeitgenössischen Dramatik (Spin Cycle New Drama – On the future of contemporary drama)” at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. In 2009/2010, she was curator (together with Tankred Dorst, Ursula Ehler and Manfred Beilharz) and festival manager for the theatre biennial New Plays from Europe in Wiesbaden and Mainz. She has been a visiting lecturer for the course of Applied Literary Studies at Freie Universität Berlin since 2005 and she is a member of the Berlin Council for the Arts.


Theatertreffen 2015

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Theatertreffen 2014

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Theatertreffen 2013

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Theatertreffen 2012

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Chronicle 1964-2016

The data base with all productions, theatres and directors since 1964 as well as the Stückemarkt authors.