International Forum: General information

The International Forum is the Theatertreffen’s background noise, the initial spark for global collaboration, alliances and actions, the platform that searches for an aesthetic movement. What is making progressive, relevant, political art in the 21st century all about? 34 young theatre makers will come to Berlin, experience art and put their heads together to work towards the future of the theatre.

The International Forum has been running since 1965 (up until 1973 under the title “Begegnung junger Bühnenangehöriger – Meeting of Young Theatre Professionals” then until 2005 under the title “Internationales Forum junger Bühnenangehöriger – International Forum of Young Theatre Professionals”), making it the oldest permanently operating institution of its kind. While it initially served as an event series providing information and a discussion forum for young professionals from West Germany, the circle of participants expanded in 1970 to include Austria and Switzerland following agreements with these two countries. In 1980, the Goethe Institute entered into a cooperation that spread the Forum across the whole globe. At the same time, the Forum focus shifted to practical work: after a phase of experimentation until 1975, workshops became an integral part of its programme in 1980. Since 2015, the International Forum has been increasingly open to worldwide social dynamics of development, in order to investigate the role of the theatre as a public political sphere. The Forum’s numerous workshops and discourse events have since then focused on the place of the theatre between the poles of art, politics and society.

From 1965 to 1968 the “Begegnung junger Bühnenangehöriger – Meeting of Young Theatre Professionals” was directed by Joachim Werner Preuß. From 1969 to 2005, it was directed by Manfred Linke. From 2006 to 2014 Uwe Gössel took over the reins, from 2015 to 2017 Daniel Richter. Among the 2,000 fellows were Aljoscha Begrich, Hermann Beil, Andrea Breth, Amit Epstein, Carl Hegemann, Tarun Kade, Susanne Kennedy, Barrie Kosky, Sybille Meier, Laila Soliman, Prodromos Tsinikoris, Georg Weinand and Jossi Wieler.

Necati Öziri

Necati Öziri

has been a dramaturge at the Theatertreffen and the Head of Theatertreffen’s International Forum since 2017. He was born in 1988 and studied Philosophy, German Studies and Modern German Literature in Bochum, Istanbul, Olsztyn and Berlin. He was a fellow of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and taught formal logic at Bochum University. From the 2013/14 season to 2017/18, he was a member of the dramaturgy department of Maxim Gorki Theater, for two years as artistic director of Studio Я. He is also a playwright: His debut play “Vorhaut” was premiered at Ballhaus Naunynstraße and his latest work “GET DEUTSCH OR DIE TRYIN’”, directed by Sebastian Nübling, is part of Maxim Gorki Theater’s repertory.

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