Open Call 2019


Applications for 2019 are unfortunately no longer possible.

Where are the artists who turn the rules, forms and aesthetics of the theatre upside down, challenge them, think differently and develop new texts, forms and formats?

Under the heading “What happens after the protest?” Stückemarkt is searching for work that goes beyond descriptions of a status quo, imagines possible futures and seeks new forms of artistic-activist interference. For the first time Stückemarkt is asking artists worldwide to submit work addressing questions that go further than romanticizing revolts but rather pursue the question of what other worlds could possibly look like.

Stückemarkt’s jury of renowned international artists will select a total of five texts/performances from among the submissions.

One of the invited playwrights/performance groups will be awarded the Stückemarkt commission, funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb). The commission consists of the opportunity to realize a production at a theatre in Germany.

Various forms of authorship lead to a theatre piece, so both theatre texts and performances, such as forms of devised theatre, site-specific projects, theatrical interventions, narrative spaces or projects based on documentary material as well as performances conceived at the interface of various artistic disciplines can be submitted. We are particularly interested in young authors and artists who, in the sense of an expanded concept of authorship, explore new narrations and perspectives and develop innovative, world-building languages. The selected texts / performances will be presented as part of Theatertreffen’s programme in May 2019.

Every year in May Theatertreffen, the most important German theatre festival, convenes theatre makers, journalists and guests from around the globe in Berlin. At Theatertreffen’s core are ten “remarkable theatre productions”, which are selected every year by an independent jury of critics from around 400 productions in the German-language region.

Since 1978 Stückemarkt has been an integral part of Theatertreffen. As the oldest initiative for promoting contemporary playwriting in German-speaking countries – and as of 2012 also performance art – it has been successfully engaged in the long-term support and development of playwrights and performance artists for over 40 years. Stückemarkt is a forum for exchange between international playwrights, performance artists, theatre-makers, festival curators, publishers and critics.

Application details for the Stückemarkt 2019

Deadline for applications: 11 November 2018
Jury decision: February 2019

Detailed information about the applications for the Stückemarkt 2018 can be found here:

At the same time, please fill out the registration form.
Registration form PDF, 1.5 MB

If you submit a theatre project, please add a cost calculation for your project using the attached form.