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.

The stage set of “Dionysos Stadt”, invited to the Theatertreffen 2019, a metal scaffolding with projection screens. A man sits behind a drum kit, an old man at the front of the stage on a chair.

© Eike Walkenhorst

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. With its 2020 festival edition, the Theatertreffen introduced a female quota of at least 50 percent in the position of directors for the selection of 10 productions. This rule will be observed up to and including the year 2023.

Selection period Theatertreffen 2022

Premieres that take place in the period from 6 February 2021 until probably the end of January 2022 can be considered by the jury for the Theatertreffen 2022.

The selection will be announced at a press conference in early February 2022.


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

Rules of Procedure

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

Theatertreffen Chronicle

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