Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre / Green Ambassadors

The Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre of Theatertreffen was created as a space for theatre makers to educate themselves and develop networks for issues of sustainable cultural production.

The Green Ambassadors 2022 are gathered for a group photo in front of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Green Ambassadors 2022

© Alex Janetzko

The Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre provides stakeholders and institutions within the German-language theatre sector with a space to exchange ideas about sustainable cultural work. Representatives of the theatres and production houses nominated for the festival’s 10 remarkable productions act as Green Ambassadors, taking part in networking events and workshops. They will discuss approaches and challenges of sustainable theatre work together and develop strategies and projects towards ecologically sustainable cultural production.

Within the framework of the 2021 Theatertreffen and in cooperation with the action network  “Nachhaltigkeit in Kultur und Medien”, the project Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre took place for the first time. The aim of this series of events is to actively develop a long-term network for issues of sustainability in the theatre and to connect with already existing initiatives. Theatertreffen would like to serve as a dialogue platform.

Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre

Idea and concept: Jacob Sylvester Bilabel, Yvonne Büdenhölzer, Katharina Fritzsche

Contact and coordination: Katharina Fritzsche
+49 30 25489 208

Questionnaire

Sustainability Structures within Theatres

This questionnaire was devised by the Green Ambassadors 2021. It will be made available to all interested theatres and is intended to help them enter a process of transformation towards greater sustainability.

Download Questionnaire (, 120 KB)

2022

Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre 2022

On 6 and 7 October 2022, the autumn workshop of the Forum für Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit im Theater (Forum for Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre) took place with the second group of Green Ambassadors. A total of 17 representatives from the theatres and production houses invited to the Theatertreffen discussed urgent issues of ecological transformation and future viability of the theatre amongst each other and with invited guests.

Topics included systems for environmental management and the freedom of art as well as communication strategies and the exchange of existing knowledge and best practices. As invited guests, alumni of the previous forum, Wiebke Leithner (deputy financial director at Vienna’s Burgtheater) and Sophie Gruber (member of the communication team at Berlin’s HAU Hebbel am Ufer), gave insights into their practices and experiences. Furthermore, Charlotte Sieben (managing director of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, KBB) talked about the EMAS-certification process of KBB and the Green Ambassadors met Hortensia Völckers, Artistic Director of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, for a conversation.

A woman in a red T-shirt speaks in front of a group of attentive listeners.

Workshop Green Ambassadors 2022

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The Green Ambassadors of the 2022 Theatertreffen were:

Ulrich Beck Head of Artistic Administration  Schauspiel Hannover
Claudia Bestenbostel Communications  Thalia Theater Hamburg
Katharina Bondzin Make-up  Schauspielhaus Bochum
Alrun Hofert Actor  Schauspiel Hannover
Fabian Iberl Technical Director  Münchner Kammerspiele
Peter Keune Technical Director  Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Kora Kossack Head of Facility Management  Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Hajo Krause Technical Director  Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Stefano Machalek Technical Department  Volkstheater Vienna
Dorothea Neweling Dramaturg  Schauspielhaus Bochum
Veronika Nickl Actor  Schauspielhaus Bochum
Jana Popihn Personal Assistant to the Commercial Director  Thalia Theater Hamburg
Sven Schabram Assistant to the Artistic Director and Managing Director  HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
Anna Schelmberger Assistant to the Head of the Costumes Department  Volkstheater Vienna
Louise Stölting Production Manager “All Right. Good Night.”  Rimini Protokoll
Christian Thurm Head of Carpentry  Nationaltheater Mannheim
Daniel Veldhoen Artistic Director  Münchner Kammerspiele
Dominik von Stillfried Stage Management  HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin

2021

Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre 2021

The first Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre began with a digital launch event on 13 April 2021, attended by delegates from various departments representing eight theatres, production houses and collectives. This was followed by the Forum’s first two-day analogue workshop on 30 September and 1 October 2021 in Berlin: A total of 15 Green Ambassadors exchanged ideas on ecological sustainability in their workplaces and discussed the opportunities and challenges of a theatre made fit for the future.

In conversations and interactive workshop sessions, the participants outlined various options for initiating sustainable transformation processes and developed strategies for implementing sustainability goals for operational structures and theatre productions. They were introduced to the EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and to the Creative Green Tools Calculator, two tools for sustainability-oriented structuring and accounting for cultural institutions and projects. As guest speakers, Charlotte Sieben, Managing Director of KBB GmbH and Thomas Oberender, Director of Berliner Festspiele, contributed examples and experiences from their own practice.

As a result of their conversations during the workshops, the Green Ambassadors framed a first set of wishes and goals for their own houses and teams, which will be further debated, elaborated and discussed at a digital meeting planned for January 2022. The Green Ambassadors will once again get together in person in the context of the 2022 Theatertreffen, where they will also meet a new generation of Green Ambassadors who will begin the 2nd Forum Ecological Sustainability in the Theatre that year.

The Green Ambassadors of the 2021 Theatertreffen:

Anne Brammen Programme and communications  Ballhaus Ost Berlin
Leni von Creytz Trainee event technology specialist  Residenztheater Munich
Frank Crusius Technical director Cuvilliéstheater and Marstall of  Residenztheater Munich
Katinka Deecke Senior dramaturg  Schauspielhaus Zurich
Katrin Dywicki Head of operations and facility management / safety engineer  Deutsches Theater Berlin
Sophie Gruber Communications  HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
Eva Hartmann Management  Gob Squad Arts Collective
David Heiligers Dramaturg  Deutsches Theater Berlin
Paul Lehner Production and workshop manager  Schauspielhaus Zurich
Wiebke Leithner Deputy commercial director and guest performance manager  Burgtheater Vienna
Julia Rosenberger Production supervisor  Burgtheater Vienna
Jule Saworski Stage and costume designer  Ballhaus Ost Berlin
Catja Schilling Costume designer and compliance representative  Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Björn Stegmann Technical director  Ballhaus Ost Berlin
Patrick Tucholski Deputy technical director  HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
Anouk Wallerath Personal assistant to the artistic director  Deutsches Theater Berlin

Green Ambassadors 2021

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