Yvonne Büdenhölzer has been the Theatertreffen’s director since 2012. She was born in 1977 near Cologne and studied German philology and educational sciences and worked as a dramaturge for various municipal theatres and independent companies. At Theatertreffen 2019 she initiated and co-curated the Conference on Gender (In)Equality „Burning Issues Meets Theatertreffen“. From 2005 to 2011, Yvonne Büdenhölzer was Head of the Stückemarkt of the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen. In 2009/2010, she was curator and festival manager for the theatre biennial New Plays from Europe in Wiesbaden and Mainz. She was a lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin and a member of the Berlin Council for the Arts. In 2020 she received the Berlin Women's Prize for her commitment to equal opportunities in the theatre. Yvonne Büdenhölzer has been President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-Germany) since 2021.