Die Schutzbefohlenen

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The 10 Selected Productions

Each year, ten remarkable productions are selected by an independent jury of critics from among around 400 shows within the German-language region and the viewing period.

Each May, they are presented at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other venues throughout the city, depending on the individual productions’ staging requirements. Ever since the Theatertreffen’s foundation – when it was still known as “Berliner Theaterwettbewerb (Berlin Theatre Competition)” – this selection of 10 productions has been the festival’s core. An invitation to the Theatertreffen brings national recognition to the respective production teams – and often a boost to their careers.

The 10 Selected Productions 2020

On 28 January 2020, the jury for the 57th Theatertreffen announced its selection.
They attended 32 productions in 56 cities in the German-language region. 744 votes were given and each jury member watched between 87 and 120 productions. A total of 35 productions was nominated and discussed.

The selection period for the festival edition 2020 considered productions that had their premiere between 21 January 2019 and 26 January 2020.


The Theatertreffen-jury consists of seven theatre critics and selects the 10 productions to be invited. These honorary jurors are usually serving three years in succession. The jury is appointed by the head of the Theatertreffen and the director of the Berliner Festspiele.

Rules of Procedure

The conditions of the selection of 10 productions to be invited are regulated by the rules of procedure.

Theatertreffen Chronicle

The Theatertreffen Chronicle contains all the selected productions of previous years!