Wanted: Theatre experiments and plays by young theatre groups!

You have developed a play or a performance?
Are you passionate about theatre and the stage?
Are you experimenting with the means of theatre?
Are you enthusiastic about telling your own stories through performance and text?
Do you want to show your work in front of an audience in Berlin and try it out together with other young theatre-makers in workshops?
Then apply now with your theatre project for the Theatertreffen der Jugend 2022!
For all young theatre-makers aged 11 to 21.

We are looking for young artists whose language is theatre.

We are looking forward to you and your work – whether it is a draft text, your own texts, research projects or self-developed pieces. There are no time, formal or thematic constraints, your stage can be small, large, indoors or outdoors. We are curious to hear what you have to say and what you want to tell. It doesn't matter whether you are a large or small group, a school group, a theatre club or an independent ensemble. We are curious about the formats you choose: classical narrative forms, works from the performance field, experiments with theatre, whether you include media or cross the borders to other art forms.

Our independent jury of experts will select the artists from all the entries who will be invited to Berlin to show their work to the public. All prize-winners can take part in the diverse workshop programme led by theatre professionals and try out and learn new things with other young theatre-makers.

Further informations about Theatertreffen der Jugend

Dates for the Theatertreffen der Jugend 2022

Applications for Theatertreffen der Jugend 2022 are no longer possible.

Call for applications from October 2021
Questions & answers about the application with the team 13 January, 17:00
Registration at
Deadline for applications 31 January 2022
Live viewing period 6 to 30 March 2022
Announcement of the participants early April 2022
Theatertreffen der Jugend 27 May to 4 June 2022

Application flyer (, 147 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.


On the basis of the recording and the application documents, an independent jury initially nominates twenty 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 eight winning plays which will be invited to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin. The selection process is completed at the end 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 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.