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 themselves one question together: What does it mean to make progressive art in the 21st century?

A long table with colourful chairs in the foyer of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele for the participants of the International Forum.

© Piero Chiussi

No Open Call 2022

Since it was once again impossible to host the International Forum in 2021, we have decided to repeat our invitations to the artists that had already been selected. This means that, unfortunately, there will not be an Open Call for the 2022 International Forum. We look forward to new applications in the autumn of 2022 for the 2023 festival edition.

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.

All participants 2006 – 2021

International Forum


Head: Necati Öziri
Tel +49 30 254 89 233
Assistant: Anna Mariscal
Tel +49 30 254 89 375

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-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. Since 2018 Necati Öziri has been Head of International Forum. 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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Supported by

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  null     Land Brandenburg Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur    Hamburg Behörde für Kultur und Medien     Logo Landeshauptstadt München, Kulturreferat

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Logo Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen    Thürigen     Logo Hauptstadtkulturfonds

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

The International Forum is supported by the German Stage Association. Other funding institutions are the Federal Chancellery of Austria, the Cultural Department of the State Capital Munich, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Hamburg Authority for Culture and Media, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, the State Chancellery of the Free State of Thuringia, the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This initiative is co-funded by tax money based on the budget approved by the State Parliament of Saxony.