Applications for Theatertreffen der Jugend 2023 are no longer possible.

Dates for the Theatertreffen der Jugend 2023

Call for applications from October 2022
Deadline for applications 13 January 2023
Live viewing period 6 February to 2 March 2023
Announcement of the participants 6 March 2023
Theatertreffen der Jugend 21 to 29 April 2023


On the basis of the recording and the application documents, an independent jury initially nominates the productions in February for the shortlist to take part in the Theatertreffen der Jugend. These productions will be visited by the jury to get a live impression and to have a conversation with the group about the play.
On the basis of these live impressions and the discussions, the jury decides in a second selection round on the winning plays which will be invited to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin. The selection process is completed at the 6th of March. The jury's decision is final - there is no right of appeal.


The theatre groups chosen as the winners of the nationwide Theatertreffen der Jugend contest will be invited with their productions to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin.

The centrepiece of the meeting is the public performances of the chosen theatre productions. Beyond these, the meeting also offers the chosen companies and invited participants in the specialist conference opportunities for collective practical theatre work, critical discourse about the productions, fora for discussion and much more.


All selected productions will be recorded during the Theatertreffen der Jugend and can be viewed in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library and in the archive of the Deutsches Kinder und Jugendtheaterzentrum der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Frankfurt am Main for study purposes.