International Forum

The International Forum is a platform for global collaboration, the initial spark for alliances, actions and the search for diverse, local perspectives on a variety of global issues. Artists from all continents will gather in Berlin to think together, make connections and celebrate.

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International Forum


Supervisor: Anna Mariscal
Tel +49 30 254 89 375

About International Forum

Theatre makers from all over the world will come to Berlin, experience art and join workshops to address a variety of issues concerning the future of the performing arts. Participants are supported by a fellowship programme. At the 2023 Theatertreffen, the artistic positions of the International Forum’s fellows will become part of the festival’s programme. 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-Institut 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, from 2018 to 2022 Necati Öziri. 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

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