Modeled on the American Oscars, the non-endowed German theater prize The Faust was launched in 2006. Its sponsors and partners are the German Theater Association, the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States, the alternating federal state that hosts it each year and the German Academy of Performing Arts. The theaters propose the candidates. Then a jury nominates three candidates for each of eight categories, and the members of the German Academy of Performing Arts cast their votes. The jury also awards a prize for lifetime achievement and occasionally a prize for outstanding achievement.
Since 1966, the 3sat Prize, endowed with € 10,000 and founded by the 3sat partners ZDF, ORF, SF und ARD, has been awarded for outstanding artistic achievement at the Berlin Theater Meeting. Each member of a four-member jury nominates a personal candidate from the ensembles invited to the Theater Meeting. Since 2009, the winner has been announced at a live one-hour, public televised debate.
The Berlin Theater Prize of the Prussian Maritime Trading Company has been awarded annually during the Berlin Theater Meeting since 1988. It is endowed with € 20,000 and honors outstanding contributions to German-language theater. The list of illustrious winners ranges from George Tabori (1988) Luc Bondy (1998) and Josef Bierbichler (2008) to Margit Bendokat (2010).
Berlin Theater Prize
At the suggestion of single judges Hans Lietzaus (1991) and later Kurt Hübners (1992 to 2006), the Prize for Young Directors is awarded annually on the occasion of the Gertrud Eysoldt-Ring awards. Since 2007, Klaus Völker has been the judge. Winners include many now established directors such as Martin Kusej, Elmar Goerden, Monika Gintersdorfer and Tina Lanik.
Prize for Young Directors
The Joana Maria Gorvin Prize has been awarded every five years since 1995 by the Performing Arts Section of the Berlin Academy of the Arts. It was founded by Maximilian B. Bauer in memory of his wife, the actress Joana Maria Gorvin, and is endowed with € 25,000. The Prize is given to honor the outstanding achievement of a woman in German-speaking theater and has hitherto been awarded to Pina Bausch (1995), Anny Schlemm (2000), Anja Silja (2005) and in 2010 to Jutta Lampe.
Joana Maria Gorvin Prize
The Austrian Ministry of Education has sponsored the Grillparzer Ring since 1964. It is an award for general directors, stage directors, actors, stage and costume designers, dramaturges, translators and scholars that have made special contributions to understanding the work of Franz Grillparzer. (Not to be confused with the Grillparzer Prize, which was awarded every three years for a German dramatic work between 1875 and 1971 and then discontinued.)
The O.E. Hasse Prize for Young Actors has been awarded by the O.E. Hasse Foundation since 1981 and supervised by the Berlin Academy of the Arts. It fulfills the legacy of the film and theater actor O.E. Hasse. Since 2003, the Prize, endowed to the amount of € 5,000 to € 10,000, has sometimes been awarded as a grant, alternately to students of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin and of the Otto-Falckenberg School in Munich.
O.E. Hasse Prize
The Fritz Kortner Prize, named after the actor and director Fritz Kortner (1892–1970), was established by the publisher Erhard Friedrich and was awarded, between 1987 and 2000, by the journal Theater heute to a German language theater artist “whose daring, truthfulness and aesthetic curiosity show that Kortner’s example continues to have an effect”. After 2000, the Prize was no longer awarded. Instead, the Erhard Friedrich Foundation now uses the money for the advancement of young theater artists and the support of projects in theater training and research.
Fritz Kortner Prize
Every three years, and alternating with the Dance Prize and the Music Prize, the Bavarian state capital of Munich awards the Munich Theater Prize, endowed with € 10,000, for the outstanding complete works of a theater artist whose work is closely bound up with Munich theater life. Candidates are nominated by a jury of experts and city councilors appointed by the City Council. Those who have been honored with the Prize include Jörg Hube, Alexeij Sagerer, Elisabeth Schweeger, George Froscher, Jennifer Minetti, Tilmann Broszat and Gottfried Hattinger.
Munich Theater Prize
In 2000, the city of Vienna decided to combine three less noticed theater awards – the Kainz Medal, the Nestroy Ring for Viennese Satire and the Karl Skraup Prize for Ensemble Members of the Vienna Volkstheater – in a new form. Following the example of the Paris theater prize “Moliere”, the Association for the Viennese Theater Prize, in collaboration with the City Council, launched the Nestroy Theater Prize. Since then, the Prize has been awarded annually in eight categories for outstanding achievement in the Austrian theater. Productions from all German-speaking countries may be nominated in the category of “Best Performance”.
Nestroy Theater Prize
In commemoration of the great reform of German theaters in the eighteenth century, the city of Leipzig has since 1998 awarded every two years the Caroline Neuber Prize, endowed with € 6,000, to a woman theater artist from a German-speaking country who has set new standards of excellence. Those who have been honored with the Prize include Jutta Hoffmann, Inge Keller, Konstanze Lauterbach, Nele Hertling, Karin Henkel and Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. In 2010, the winner was Sasha Waltz.
Caroline Neuber Prize
To receive a prize even before the first engagement – this has been made possible for particularly gifted drama students by the Max Reinhardt Prize, founded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture. At the annual “Theater Meeting of German-Speaking Drama Students”, the Meeting awards every two years a solo prize and an ensemble prize to a whole class. In alternate years, the Zurich Vontobel Foundation for the Advancement of Ensembles awards the Vontobel Prize, endowed with € 10,000, to a drama school ensemble. Also awarded in the Competition for Young Actors are further prizes sponsored by the Ministry for Education and Research with a total value of € 20,000, and the Student Prize, endowed with € 1,000, established by the actress Regine Lutz.
Max Reinhardt Prize
The Hans Reinhart Ring is the highest theater award in Switzerland. Established by the poet, translator and patron of the arts Hans Reinhart (1880-1963), it has been awarded since 1957 by an independent jury in the name of the Swiss Society for Theater Culture (SGTK) for “outstanding contributions to theater in Switzerland” to theater artists from various artistic fields. The Ring is specially crafted for each winner and becomes his or her possession.
Hans Reinhart Ring
The German Center of the International Theater Institute (ITI ) takes World Theater Day on March 27 as the occasion to honor outstanding personalities in theater whose theater work in Germany has a particularly international presence. The World Theater Day Prize has been awarded since 1985. Those who have been honored include Klaus Michael Grüber, George Tabori, the Mülheim Theater Festival, Pina Bausch, Tankred Dorst, William Forsythe, Volker Ludwig and the GRIPS Theater, the International Forum of Young Theater Artists, Manfred Linke, the Theater an der Ruhr, Frank Castorf, Nele Hertling, Kurt Hübner, Andrzej Wirth and Jürgen Gosch. The winners of this year’s World Theater Day Prize were Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock.
World Theater Day Prize