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Our Stage

ETC promotes a socially-engaged notion of theatre to break down barriers between theatres and audiences, through participatory theatre.

“Our Stage” introduces the idea of the citizen theatre run as a professional in-house production company, as a new form for creative community outreach via artistic collaboration to the wider sector, but also as a new artistic business model. Although there are already several forms of participatory theatre established in many theatre houses around Europe, “Our Stage” aims at bringing everyone to the same table: those with and those without experience in the “Bürgerbühne” concept. We are interested in promoting existing and new concepts of participatory theatre aimed at youngsters and senior citizens, immigrants and refugees, minorities, marginalised groups, people with disabilities, etc.

Our ETC Member Theatres are expected to explore this concept of ‘Bürgerbühne’, staging performances with their own audience ensemble as part of the programme. The aim of “Our Stage” is introduce innovative forms of production that actively engage professionals, audiences and communities in the creative process, leading to relevant, collaborative and artistically excellent performances.


20 Member Theatres are invited to this project as project partners, following a call, in October 2017. Participating theatres will commit to the entire project time and receive from ETC a co- nancing grant towards travel costs, artist fee and participation in the festival.