Selection 2024

The selection for the Theatertreffen der Jugend 2024 has been made.
Congratulations to the selected ensembles!

In a nationwide competition, 95 ensembles applied for this year’s Theatertreffen der Jugend. The jury has chosen 15 productions for the interim selection, which they have experienced in live viewings. Now the jurors have made the final selection.

The 2024 award winners are:

Epic Fail
frei nach dem Kassandra-Mythos und anderen Geschichten des Scheiterns

Junges SchauSpielHaus Hamburg

Hoping for…
Cactus Junges Theater 
Theater im Pumpenhaus
Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia

Jugendensemble TheaterImpulse
TheaterImpulse e.V.
Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia

Sekundenglück. Eine Kampfsportperformance
Bürgerbühne im Kleist Forum 
Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg

Based on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “As you Like it”
Theater-AG of the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg Gesamtschule
in cooperation with the Junges Theater Göttingen
Göttingen, Lower Saxony

Theaterlabor Neuperlach – Münchner Kammerspiele
Munich, Bavaria

Werther in LOVE
Based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Die Leiden des jungen Werther”
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate

We thank the jury for their conscientious and dedicated work: Antigone Akgün (Frankfurt/Main), Jelena Bosanac (Berlin), Sakiye Boukari (Cologne), Canip Gündoğdu (Bielefeld), Andreas Kroder (Kiel), Sebastian Mauksch (Berlin), Rieke Oberländer (Bremen), David Paraschiv (Berlin), Lene Wollwerth (Braunschweig).

The jury’s decision represents the different production contexts in which young theatre art is created: productions from the school context, from youth clubs at state theatres, as well as productions from the independent scene and from community theatres were selected. 
Stylistically, the productions in the selection range from musicals and adaptations of classics to collages, activist plays and a martial arts performance. Classical or mythological material is often used to reflect the present and future of society. They are heavily adapted, transferred to the reality of the young theatre makers’ lives and updated using digital communication media such as Instagram or live chats. In terms of content, the ensembles deal with unrequited love, queerness, fluid gender roles, the helplessness of society in the face of an uncertain future and the question of how peace can be achieved. They reflect on social grievances, the pressure to perform, the culture of remembrance and the diversity of our society. In many cases, the ensembles formulate strong demands using activist elements and chants. They also frequently utilise narrative levels of physical performance with choreographies or intensive sport and movement sequences and seek interactive encounters with the audience.  

The Delegates of the Ensembles of the Shortlist

We are looking forward to also welcoming the delegates of the ensembles of the intermediate selection to the 2024 Theatertreffen der Jugend:

Daughters of the Future
Forum Freies Theater (FFT)
Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia

Ein Sommernachtstraum
Based on William Shakespeare
JuleKu vom Kulturverein e. V.
Büdingen, Hesse

Gilgamesh – leben ohne zu sterben
Theater des Bellevue di Monaco 
Munich, Bavaria

Spielklub “Kind:ish” des DT Jung*
Deutsches Theater Berlin

Macht Pause
Pause Ensemble, Theater an der Parkaue – Junges Staatstheater Berlin 

mein herz ist wie seidenpapier
Jugendtheatergruppe KF vom Gymnasium Franziskaneum Meißen
Meißen, Saxony

Mir ist was passiert
Große Theater AG Georg-Büchner-Gymnasium 
Seelze, Lower Saxony

Unser Ort in Düsseldorf
Klasse 7c der St.-Benedikt-Schule und tanzhaus nrw
Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia

Our congratulations and great appreciation go to all applicants for the works they have submitted, which deal with a wide range of topics with a great amount of creativity and intense play. They all reflect the young artists’ love of theatre.

Thank you for your applications!