International Forum

The International Forum is a two-week scholarship programme organised by the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen and sponsors theatre makers from all parts of the world. As a field for creative experimentation and a space for utopian thought, it provides performative and discursive Exchange in an international context and endeavours to open hybrid spaces in which the boundaries between performing arts, visual arts and science become fluid. Engaging in forms of international cooperation is a defining element of this congregation of fellows.

Theatre makers up to the age of 35 can apply for a grant until December 15th 2017.


The Theatertreffen takes place from 4th to 20th of May 2018.

The International Forum opens on Friday 3rd of May 2019 at approximately 6 pm
and ends in the early morning of Sunday, 19th May 2019.

The International Forum’s programme is based on four main elements:

  • Attendance at the performances of the ten productions selected for the Theatertreffen and at the presentations of the Stückemarkt
  • An exclusive practical workshop programme  with residential workshops headed by experienced artists and art clusters, scientists and external experts, lectures by scholarship holders, working groups on aesthetic and topical issues etc.
  • A theoretical programme in exchange with students, professionals and external experts within the Theatertreffen-Camp (discussion panels, lectures, round tables etc.)
  • Excursions to Berlin’s cultural scene and to performances at theatres around Berlin.

The scholarship normally includes
  • All costs of participation in the programme
  • Tickets to theatre performances of the Theatertreffen and the Stückemarkt
  • Travel expenses (depending on the country of origin, the costs of the use of the cheapest travel Option possible will be completely or partially covered, or no travel costs will be covered at all)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • maybe per diem (depending on the Country of origin)
  • Catering
Applicants must
  • be no older than 35 years of age
  • have several years of Independent professional experience
  • work in the theatre continually in a professional and creative capacity
  • be available to participate for the entire period (3rd to 19th May 2019)
  • have an adequate working knowledge of German (at least B2); exceptions are possible exclusively at the Suggestion of a Goethe-Institut
Artists from all over the world may apply. You must apply via one of the following institutions. The main local focus of your work determines to which institution you should make your application.

Closing date International Forum: December 15th 2018

I. Germany - Austria
Artists with their main working focus in Germany and Austria apply directly to the Berliner Festspiele.

Please send applications by e-mail to:

The Berliner Festspiele regrets that due to the large number of applicants, they cannot send individual notifications of rejection. Please check the Website to see who has been invited. The Information will be posted in February 2019.

II. Switzerland
Artists with their main working focus in Switzerland apply via the cultural foundation Pro Helvetia.
Further information and the application form download:
Contact and dispatch of documents:

III. International
Artists with a main working focus outside German-speaking countries apply via the local Goethe Institute.
Full list of the Goethe Institutes

Please send applications by e-mail to your local Goethe Institute. Your application must contain:
  • tcompleted application form, see also:
  • artistic curriculum vitae, reviews, links
  • a portrait photo
  • letter of recommendation 
  • personality profile: answering the following questions (max. two A4-pages):
    1. What is your Statement of motivation to participate in the International Forum?
    2. What are the characteristics of your theatre-projects or theatre works?
    3. What influence take socio-political development have on your theatre practice?
You will be informed by your local Goethe Institute whether or not they will be invited to participate in February.

From February 2019 applicants will receive invitations.

The International Forum is a Project of the Theatertreffen , division Berliner Festspiele / Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH. It takes place with the cooperation of the Goethe Institute and the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. It is supported by the German stage Association in Baden-Württemberg. Further Sponsors are the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria (section: art), the regional Ministries of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Cultural Administration of the City of Munich and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.