Wanted: Theatre experiments and plays by young theatre groups!

We are extending our range by not only inviting finished plays to Theatertreffen der Jugend, but also giving space to formats that have found a way – regardless of the limitations imposed by the pandemic – to explore the devices of the theatre and to query the theatre itself in projects and experiments, in schools and independent contexts, in theatres and youth facilities, with or without outside guidance.

There are no specifications regarding duration, form or topic. No matter whether it is a text, research or completely different points of departure, no matter whether the piece is ten minutes or two hours long – as always, Theatertreffen der Jugend aims to present theatre arts, whether in totally new form of presentation, in workshop formats or as plays – and to share these with all participants to enrich views and perspectives.

Further informations about Theatertreffen der Jugend

Dates for the Theatertreffen der Jugend 2021

The application period for Theatertreffen der Jugend 2021 is over.

Call for applications from October 2020
Changed deadline for applications 3 March 2021
Live viewing period 28 March to 10 April 2021
Announcement of the participants mid-April 2021
Theatertreffen der Jugend 28 May to 5 June 2021

Application flyer PDF, 353 KB


Applications have to be made via our new Application Portal (in German only).

After you registration you can provide all the necessary details for your application.

You can also upload the following application material:

  • A video recording of the production (a complete run-through of the production or a rehearsal)
  • Notes on the recording (What does it show, what doesn’t it show? Is it the premiere, which performance, a rehearsal etc.
  • Information about the company and also on the terms and conditions under which it may perform
  • Explanation and notes on the production, used material, flyer, press articles
  • (Planned) performance dates / run-throughs during the viewing period 1 to 26 March 2020.

If you have any questions of problems using our new application portal, please contact us by phone under +49 30 254 89 213.


Based on the recordings and the application documents, the jury decides which companies they would like to learn more about in the framework of a shortlist selection. Due to the limitations in connection with the pandemic, we will forego a live viewing period this year. Instead, we will be holding online conversations with applicants. Following these interviews and the perusal of the application documents, the jury will probably make a decision regarding the invitations to Theatertreffen der Jugend in late March.


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