We are looking for theater experiments and plays by youth theater groups!
We are looking for young artists whose language is theater!
We are looking forward to you and your work - whether it is a draft text, your own texts, research projects or self-developed pieces. There are no time, formal or thematic constraints, your stage can be small, large, indoors or outdoors. We are curious about what you have to say and what you want to tell. It doesn't matter if you are a large or small group, a school group, a theater club or an independent ensemble. We are curious about the formats you choose: classical narrative forms, works from the performance field, experiments with theater, whether you include media or cross the borders to other art forms.
Our independent jury of experts selects the artists from all the entries who will be invited to Berlin to show their work to an audience. All award winners can take part in the diverse workshop program, which is led by theater professionals, and try out and learn new things with other young theater professionals.
The deadline for entries is January 31, 2024.
Call for applications from October 2023
Deadline for applications 31 January 2024
Live viewing period 26 February to 20 March 2024
Announcement of the participants 25 March 2024
Theatertreffen der Jugend 1 to 8 June 2024
Please submit your application via our ApplicationPortal. After you have registered, you can enter all the details of your application there. Please also upload the following application materials:
If you have any questions or problems using our application portal, please call us at +49 30 254 89 113 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
On the basis of the recording and the application documents, an independent jury initially nominates the productions in February for the shortlist to take part in the Theatertreffen der Jugend. These productions will be visited by the jury to get a live impression and to have a conversation with the group about the play.
On the basis of these live impressions and the discussions, the jury decides in a second selection round on the winning plays which will be invited to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin. The selection process is completed at the 6th of March. The jury's decision is final - there is no right of appeal.
The theatre groups chosen as the winners of the nationwide Theatertreffen der Jugend contest will be invited with their productions to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin.
The centrepiece of the meeting is the public performances of the chosen theatre productions. Beyond these, the meeting also offers the chosen companies and invited participants in the specialist conference opportunities for collective practical theatre work, critical discourse about the productions, fora for discussion and much more.
All selected productions will be recorded during the Theatertreffen der Jugend and can be viewed in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library and in the archive of the Deutsches Kinder und Jugendtheaterzentrum der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Frankfurt am Main for study purposes.