International Forum

The International Forum is a platform for global collaboration, the initial spark for alliances, actions and the search for an aesthetic movement. 35 young artists from all continents are coming together in Berlin to ask the Theatertreffen and the city one question: What does it mean to make progressive, relevant art in the 21st century? As part of the International Forum’s programme, the fellows will see the Theatertreffen’s productions and events and take part in exclusive workshops, discussions, excursions, artists’ talks and much more.

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During the Theatertreffen, the International Forum will create a safe space for 35 young theatre makers from more than 20 different countries. The artists have been waiting for a year to get together and ponder this question: What does it mean to create politically and aesthetically progressive art in the 21st century? For this exclusive scholarship programme, they will isolate together and – with due regard to all regulatory requirements – create a lab for utopian experimentation to produce artistic knowledge beyond national borders, language barriers and attributions. Further information follows.

The Fellows 2020/2021

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 2006 – 2021

International Forum


Head: Necati Öziri
Tel +49 30 254 89 233

Assistant: Gesine Försterling, Anna Mariscal Lahusen
(parental leave)

About International Forum

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.


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.

In cooperation with

Logo Goethe-Institut     Logo Pro Helvetia

Supported by

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

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen     Logo Landeshauptstadt München, Kulturreferat     Logo Bundeskanzleramt Österreich

The International Forum is hosted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia.

The International Forum is supported by the German Stage Association. Additional support comes from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the Cultural Ministries of the German federal states and the Culture Department of the state capital of Munich. Furthermore, the International Forum is supported by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This initiative is co-financed by tax money based on the budget passed by the state parliament of Saxony.