International Forum at the Theatertreffen

The International Forum at the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen promotes theatrical artists from all over the world. As a field for creative experimentation, a transdisciplinary laboratory and a self-reflective element of the Theatertreffen it endeavours to open hybrid spaces in which the boundaries between performing arts and visual arts, media arts and science become fluid.

A theatre group rehearsing Pexels/cottonbro

Conditions of Funding

international mid-career theatre professionals with several years of independent experience from all fields, especially directing, acting, stage design, costume design, light design, dramaturgy, text production, music, video, performance, media, choreography, production management and theatre education

We award grants for theatre professionals around the world to take part in the Berliner Theatertreffen. The grants generally cover all fees for participation in the programmes like costs of admission, travel expenses, expenses for travel within Berlin, accommodation, food or a daily allowance.

  • several years of independent professional experience
  • participation for the full duration of the Theatertreffen (10 to 28 May 2023)
  • a good knowledge of the English language (even if not fluent) – common working language will be English

If applying from outside Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the Goethe-Institut:
  • an artistic curriculum vitae, reviews, links (to visual, sound and text media)
  • a portrait photo (minimum size: 300 dpi at approx. 500 KB)
  • two contacts of professionals who can provide us with references of your artistic work
  • where necessary a confirmation of release from the employing theatre or institution for the entire period of the International Forum (this only applies to artists in permanent employment)
  • Letter of recommendation from the local Goethe-Institut or Goethe-Zentrum (full list of Goethe-Institutes)
  • a letter of motivation with written answers to the following questions (max. two A4-pages):
1. What was your most impressive artistic experience in the last years?
2. How do you relate to the question “Who has the privilege to not know?”

Please find information about the application formalities when applying from Germany, Austria or Switzerland in the Open Call of the Theatertreffen.

Artists anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. Please apply online via the competent institution for the country in which you are currently professionally based.

When selecting the fellows, we pay attention to the individual backgrounds, personalities and abilities of the applicants. We encourage artists with children, BlPoC, people with a migration history, queer people and people with disabilities to apply. The conditions at Theatertreffen are not completely barrier-free, but individual solutions can be created.

I. Germany & Austria
Artists who are currently professionally based in Germany or Austria should apply directly to the Berliner Festspiele. You can find information about the application formalities in the Open Call of the Theatertreffen..

II. Switzerland
Artists currently professionally based in Switzerland should apply through the Swiss Pro Helvetia Arts Council.

III. International artists currently professionally based in any other country should apply through the Goethe-Institute’s application portal.

Next application deadline

09 December 2022

Announcement of the selected fellows: late February 2023

The Theatertreffen will take place between 10 and 28 May 2023. The International Forum will begin on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 and end on Sunday, 28 May 2023 (day of departure: Monday, 29 May 2023).

Further information

The programme

  • attending performances and other formats of the 2023 Theatertreffen
  • an exclusive programme of performing arts practice consisting of workshops held by experienced artists, researchers and experts
  • presentations given by the fellows and task groups working on a range of different issues of content and aesthetics
  • a programme of performing arts theory consisting of an exchange of ideas with international theatre makers and external experts within the context of discursive events organised by Theatertreffen (presentations, reflection rounds, artist talks)
  • excursions exploring Berlin’s cultural scene, with opportunities to visit museums and other venues and see performances at various theatres in Berlin networking programmes which will promote international connections, both between the artists and with cultural institutions (Work Café, Open Spaces, Goethe-Institut)