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International Forum

The International Forum is the Theatertreffen’s background noise, the initial spark for global collaboration, alliances and actions, the platform that searches for an aesthetic movement and takes place in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Pro Helvetia.

Cancellation of Theatertreffen 2020

The 2020 festival edition had to be cancelled. We keep you up to date on our activities on the website, social media channels and in the newsletter.

What is making progressive, relevant, political art in the 21st century all about? The International Forum is the Theatertreffen’s background noise, the initial spark for global collaboration, alliances and actions, the platform that searches for a new aesthetic movement. More than 30 young theatre makers from all over the world will come to Berlin, experience art and put their heads together to work towards the future of the theatre. Participants are supported by a fellowship programme and applications are welcome after an open call each autumn.

International Forum


Head: Necati Öziri
Assistant: Anna Mariscal Lahusen
Tel +49 30 254 89-129

The Fellows

Apart from the ten remarkable productions, each year the Theatertreffen invites 35 exciting emerging artists from all parts of the world to attend and reflect the festival, to exchange ideas and experiences across artistic and national boundaries and to search for progressive aesthetics for tomorrow in exclusive workshops.
More than 200 artists from more than 61 nations responded to the Open Call published in the autumn of 2019.

All participants 2012 – 2020

Open Call 2020

The deadline for International Forum 2020 has now expired. The worldwide open call was aimed at artists up to the age of 35 from all fields, especially directing, acting, stage design, costume design, dramaturgy, text production, music, video, performance, media, choreography and theatre education.
To the Open Call 2020


The International Forum has been running since 1965 (up until 1973 under the title “Begegnung junger Bühnenangehöriger – Meeting of Young Theatre Professionals” then until 2005 under the title “Internationales Forum junger Bühnenangehöriger – International Forum of Young Theatre Professionals”), making it the oldest permanently operating institution of its kind.

While it initially served as an event series providing information and a discussion forum for young professionals from West Germany, the circle of participants expanded in 1970 to include Austria and Switzerland following agreements with these two countries. In 1980, the Goethe Institute entered into a cooperation that spread the Forum across the whole globe. At the same time, the Forum focus shifted to practical work: after a phase of experimentation until 1975, workshops became an integral part of its programme in 1980. Since 2015, the International Forum has been increasingly open to worldwide social dynamics of development, in order to investigate the role of the theatre as a public political sphere. The Forum’s numerous workshops and discourse events have since then focused on the place of the theatre between the poles of art, politics and society.

From 1965 to 1968 the “Begegnung junger Bühnenangehöriger – Meeting of Young Theatre Professionals” was directed by Joachim Werner Preuß. From 1969 to 2005, it was directed by Manfred Linke. From 2006 to 2014 Uwe Gössel took over the reins, from 2015 to 2017 Daniel Richter. Among the 2,000 fellows were Aljoscha Begrich, Hermann Beil, Andrea Breth, Amit Epstein, Carl Hegemann, Tarun Kade, Susanne Kennedy, Barrie Kosky, Sybille Meier, Laila Soliman, Prodromos Tsinikoris, Georg Weinand and Jossi Wieler.

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Supported by

Logo Deutscher Bühnenverein     Die Kultusministerien der Deutschen Bundesländer     Logo Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen

Logo Landeshauptstadt München, Kulturreferat     Logo Bundeskanzleramt Österreich     Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V.