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Responsibilities of the Goethe-Institut
Theatre and Dance

四城交锋:台北、上海、北京、香港的剧场对话 © Goethe-Insitut China
The Department of Theatre/Dance offers theatre and dance professionals various grants at home and abroad to enable exchange, encounters and discussions in the field of performing arts internationally and in Germany.

The focus is on contemporary drama, spoken theatre, contemporary dance, performance art, children’s and youth theatre, puppet and figure theatre, and new drama.

The promotion of young talent is aimed at young artists living in Germany who would like to make their first international contacts as part of a guest performance abroad.

Residencies and funding of research stays abroad make possible the realisation of internationally oriented project plans.

Scholarships and internships at theatres, festivals and production houses in Germany enable foreign artists to continue their professional development.

Guest performances in Germany by international theatre and dance ensembles from transition countries promote intercultural exchange in cooperation with German festivals, organizers and theatres.

The International Coproduction Fund (IKF) opens up interdisciplinary and collaborative forms of production to artistic experimentation in global contexts.
A dancer performing a leap © Pexels/Yogendra Singh

Arts Funding

The Goethe-Institut promotes culture and the arts in every discipline. We provide funding to enable professional as well as newcomer and amateur artists, whether in groups or individually, to carry out projects in Germany or abroad. In addition to grants for projects and translations, we award scholarships, prizes and fellowships. The funding criteria, application periods and types of funding vary according to the terms of the call for proposals.


Manfred Stoffl
Head of Division
Contact for theatre

Susanne Traub
Contact for Dance and Performance

Thomas Stumpp
Contact for Children’s and youth theatre, puppet theatre

Berit Wohlfarth
Contact for New German drama, translation funding, internship grants

The contacts for projects abroad are the local Goethe-Instituts. They decide whether certain projects fit in with their programming.