Professions and Education

„Lulu. Eine Monstretragödie“ by Frank Wedekind, project of the 3rd academic year of the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule; © Franz Meiller

The leap into the ensemble

Year after year nearly 200 graduates leave German-language drama schools and apply to theatres. But the end of their student days is for many actors the beginning of a time of trial and trepidation.More ...
John von Düffel; photo: Katja Sonnenberg

Broker between two stools – what does a dramaturge really do?

The dramaturge John von Düffel writes about his job, which exists only in Germany.More ...
Future Conference of the Dramaturgical Society and the Baden-Württemberg Academy of Performing Arts; © Christoph Awe

Future Conference – Perspectives on Training in the Performing Arts

In Ludwigsburg from October 4 to 6, 2012, teachers and theater professionals discussed developments in training and contemporary theater.More ...
Part of the cover of „Das Buch von der Angewandten Theaterwissenschaft“ (The Book of Applied Theater Studies), Editor: Annemarie Matzke, Christel Weiler, Isa Wortelkamp, Alexander Verlag, Berlin 2012

Of the Studio Stage – “The Book of Applied Theater Studies”

Now, 30 years after its founding, a book documents the work of the Giessen Institute for Applied Theatre Studies.More ...
Academy of Fine Arts in Munich: “Das Spiel ist aus” (The Game Is Over) costume designs for “Jeff Koons” by Rainald Goetz, 2011; photo: Paul Hiller

In the Beginning Is Space – how to become a set designer in Germany

The set design for a theatre performance is essential. But how do you become a set designer?More ...
“Onkel Wanja” by Anton Tschechow, director: Jürgen Gosch, (Deutsches Theater Berlin 2008); © Iko Freese/DRAMA

Heating Up and Accelerating – How Theater Photography Has Changed

The theater has changed and so has theater photography. The perception of reality as under construction has become a defining characteristic.More ...
Institut for theater studies of Berlin Freie Universität (about 1900); photo: FU Berlin

On the Benefits of Theory for the Theater

Traditional theater studies programs are getting more and more competition from practice-related dramaturgy programs.More ...
A page from Andrea Schraad's sketchbook for Franz Kafka’s “Der Prozess” (“The trial”) at the Kammerspiele in Munich; photo: Andrea Schraad

Of Fabrics, Techniques and Sensibilities – Costume Designers

The Costume designers’ work is creative and takes place in close cooperation with others – between workshops, rehearsal stages and personalities.More ...
„Linkages“; Photo: Kathrin Schäfer

Linkages – Curators in Theatre

Suddenly everybody in theatre is talking about curators. But what do they really do, and where have they come from? A flying visit.More ...
„Director Women“: Station 3 „Arrived“; photo: Gabriele Jäckl / German Theater Museum in Munich

“Director Women” – An Exhibition as Meeting Place

The German Theater Museum in Munich is showing the exhibition “Director Women”: portraits of about forty women directors, which reports in detail about their careers.More ...
Karin Beier, stage director and, for three years now, artistic director at the Cologne Theater; photo: Klaus Levebre

“I do this with relatively few inhibitions” – An Interview with Stage and Artistic Director Karin Beier

Karin Beier has made the Cologne Schauspiel into one of the most successful German theaters.More ...
„The Trial“ by Franz Kafka, premier at the Munich Kammerspiele on September 26, 2008; photo: Arno Declair

Spaces for Stories – an interview with director and stage designer Andreas Kriegenburg

Andreas Kriegenburg combines director and stage designer in one. Often the stage designer builds the director a space that the latter has to work out.More ...
Salary in German Theater; photo: Colourbox

Income and Salary in German Theater

The salary gap on the stage is steep. Many theatrical artists earn little; only a small part of the industry has it really good.More ...
Julia Lochte ist Chefdramaturgin und Mitglied der Theaterleitung der Münchner Kammerspiele; Foto: Andreas Pohlmann

Daring the Balancing Act – Reconciling Family and Theater

Were theater and family generally incompatible, there would be no stage dynasties. But how do individuals today combine in practice life with children and life for art?More ...
Bernd Stegemann with Nicolas Stemann (in the front); Photo: Iko Freese/DRAMA

Rehearsal, Performance, Dramaturgy – Bernd Stegemann about the Craft of Drama

After working at the Frankfurt Theater am Turm and at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, Bernd Stegemann is now Professor of Theater History and Dramaturgy.More ...
“The Robbers” after Friedrich Schiller (director: Nicolas Stemann) was premiered on October 11, 2008 at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg and was invited to the 2009 Berlin Theatertreffen. Photo: Arno Declair

The New Power of Musicians in the Theater

Theater is a collective art in which a few of the most important actors work in the shadows. For many years, the theater musicians belonged to them. Now they too may romp about on the stage.More ...
Scene of the film “Die Spielwütigen” by Andres Veiel, 2003; Foto: Timebandits films

Actors – Between Education and Profession

The education of young actors in Germany enjoys a good reputation. Yet, those who are just starting out are finding it increasingly difficult to get contracts.More ...
participants, Muelheim’s Translation Workshop 2009; copyright: ITI Germany, photo: Shinichi Sakayori

A Heavy Focus on Drama: Mülheim’s Translation Workshop

Every two years, the Internationale Theaterinstitut ITI (International Theatre Institute) invites approximately a dozen translators of German drama to attend a translation workshop in the city of Mülheim in North-Rhine Westphalia. In a small hotel in town, participants gather to discuss, translate, compare notes and learn from each other – and in the evening they go to the theatre.More ...
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