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We are hiring! Project & Administrative Officer


Reporting directly to the acting Executive Director, the Project & Administrative Officer shall be responsible for the various elements of the job description listed below. The duties outlined are not exhaustive and the successful candidate will be expected to undertake additional duties as reasonably directed by the acting Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

We are looking for a new colleague with:

  • A university degree or equivalent in theatre studies, arts and cultural management;
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience in project & production management in a European cultural environment, preferably within theatre and the performing arts
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English and German with a good writing style, French would be a plus, additional European languages are an asset;
  • A strong interest and knowledge in theatre, the European culture sector and related issues;
  • A positive and adaptable approach to problem solving;
  • The ability to establish productive relationships with people at all levels;
  • Good IT (Office Pack) and social media skills.


We expect you to:

  • Contribute to the day-to-day running of the organisation, as well as to assist the ETC team with the implementation of the ETC work plan and ETC’s EU funded project ENGAGE

The main tasks include:

  • Organisational assistance with ETC’s conferences, projects and workshops (logistic arrangements, elaboration and editing of materials and documentation)
  • Administrative coordination of ETC’s office
  • Financial reporting support and preparation of funding reports (especially for EU-funded projects)
  • Support successful implementation of ETC’s communication strategy via internal and external channels (updating website, dissemination activities, media and press relations)
  • Maintenance of Database


We offer:

  • to be part of a small, inspiring and international team
  • a full-time employment contract, 40h per week with a salary in line with experience plus 50% of your monthly public transport card of Berlin
  • Travels and meetings may take place during evenings and weekends

The position is granted on a limited term until 31 March 2020. Start: 1 May 2019

Please send your application (motivation letter, CV, work examples and references) with your salary expectation by email with « Project & Administrative Officer » as subject to the attention of Ms Hélène Gauthier to:

ETC is committed to move toward equality and greater diversity. We offer equal opportunities to all applicants, including people with disabilities, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, social, religious or philosophical backgrounds.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Interviews will take place: 13 March 2019 in Berlin. We are not able to reimburse you for travel costs to the interview.
Deadline for applications: 04 March 2019

Professional Training: Communication Officers Grants for "Communicating the Arts" (Copenhagen)


As part of our Professional Training Programme for Communication Officers, we partnered with the "Communicating the Arts" (CTA) conference taking place from 17 to 19 June in Copenhagen (Denmark). 

Communicating the Arts (formerly Communicating the Museum) is the rendez-vous for communication professionals working in the cultural sector. In its 18 years, more than 5000 experts have shared, discussed and challenged strategy and best practice models in communication, education and audience engagement.


Grants Available

ETC offers two types of grants in order to attend the conference in Copenhagen:

  • Full conference ticket + accommodation & travel grant up to €500 (2 grants available). Should there be more than 2 applicants, the selection will be carried out by a drawing lot.


  • Accommodation & travel grant up to €500 (2 grants available). You can purchase conference tickets directly on their website.


Application Deadline 

20 February 2019


Contact and Application

To apply for both types of grants, please send an email expressing your interest to Joséphine Dusol, Communication Manager
+49 30 284 41 402

Grants Available for the Next ETC International Theatre Conference


ETC offers grants to cover the hotel accommodation during the entire stay at the "Our Stage - 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival" (18-25 May) and ETC International Theatre Conference (23-26 May). Grants are available on a first-come-first-served basis and each theatre member is entitled to apply for one grant.
Contact and Application
To apply, please send an email to Teresa Pfaud, Project Coordinator
+49 30 284 41 207

Go to 2019

Demand for The Release Of 2 Studio Fortinbras Students, Minsk, Arrested for Participating In An “Unauthorized Mass Event” In Support of LGBTQI Equal Rights


The first student was arrested on 8th December following his participation in an artistic stunt as part of a campaign in support of equal LGBTQI rights organised by the students of Studio Fortinbras, Belarus Free Theatre’s school in Minsk. 

The stunt in question was a ‘LGBTQI Police Patrol’ wherein 3 students donned ‘uniforms’ decorated with rainbow epaulettes and engaged with members of the public, stopping passers-by for ‘being in an inappropriate mood’, asking for ‘a smile’ and performing a dance. Watch the video (in Russian) here:

The stunt sought to deconstruct the intimidating image of the police and turn ‘fear into love’ and was carried out with humour, goodwill and caused no harm to anyone involved. 

The irony is that with this conviction the authorities have lived up to the image of ‘intimidator’ which the students were attempting to change.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has repeatedly drawn attention to itself as an anti-LGBTQI institution when earlier in 2018, the Minister Shunevich publicly called same sex relationships ‘fake’ in an astonishingly vituperative retort to the British Embassy after they flew the rainbow flag to mark International Day against Homophobia on May 17.

In response to this and other similar statements inciting hatred and intolerance towards sexual minorities, Fortinbras students have been running a series of artistic stunts, the first of which was back in June when they placed rainbow-coloured flower pots at the foot of the policeman statue outside the Ministry of Interior. 3 students were detained for 24 hours, only released on being charged of disobeying the police for refusing to remove the flowerpot.

More recently, students carried out a ‘kissing flashmob’ of the statue - inspired by the tradition of kissing Oscar Wilde's monument in Père Lachaise Cemetery - calling for ‘more love’ and ‘less fear’.

Other stunts have included an interactive LGBTQI tour of Minsk; a ‘Traditional Values’ folk duo; the LGBTQI-friendly bar & restaurant review; and an ‘invisible’ performance. Read more here:

The LGBTQI community in Belarus face widespread homophobic attitudes from society and deep-seated discrimination on the part of the authorities with the country ranked at 42 out of 49 European countries in terms of legal rights for LGBTQI people (ILGA 2017). President Lukashensko is notorious for his statement that ‘it’s better to be a dictator than gay’ in an apparent riposte to the German Foreign Minister in 2012, Guido Westerwelle - Germany’s first openly gay minister.

About Belarus Free Theatre

Founded in Minsk in 2005, Belarus Free Theatre emerged as a direct response to the censorship of free speech, producing plays which engage audiences on themes which are otherwise taboo in Belarus. The company was soon forced underground, the artistic leaders Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada exiled to the UK, where they were taken in as an associate company of the Young Vic in 2011. Even before then, the company had developed an impressive international profile, performing over 30 shows in 40 countries and winning numerous awards both for theatre and human rights work (1), all while running a 26-member theatre in Belarus.

Studio Fortinbras was initiated by BFT Directors in 2007 and to this day is the only independent school in Belarus combining drama education with training in activism, journalism & campaigning to create the next generation of socially engaged artists.



Tel: 0207 922 2998

(1) Most recently BFT was awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent.

Two New Members Join the ETC Network


During the conference two European national theatres become a member of the ETC network: Teatro Nacional D. Maria II from Lisbon (Portugal) and Teatrul Alexandru Davila from Pitești (Romania). ETC and its Members are thrilled to welcome these two new members and to begin a fruitful collaboration.

Applications for the 15th International Children's Theatre Festival are now open


Turkish State Theaters is honored to announce the 15th "Little Ladies, Little Gentlemen" International Children's Theatre Festival. 


The festival will take place between 24-29 April 2019 in Ankara, capital city of Turkey. Besides main theatre performances, groups can also propose workshops and outdoor performances like street theatre, street events or dance shows etc. Last year companies from Iran, Spain, Italy, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Germany, Greece, Russia and Turkey have participated with performances, and also leading experts conducted workshops throughout the festival week. 


Applications for 15th edition are now open, and can be submitted by using the attached application form which also includes detailed information about the festival. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019.

Read the full open call (application details, conditions of participations and more)

Please be sure to send full performance records by post to below postal address that is in the signature part of this e-mail as we will not be able to download online applications for a while.

Devlet Tiyatroları Genel Müdürlüğü
Dış İlişkiler ve Festivaller Birimi
06050 Ulus-Ankara

Landestheater Linz needs you!


The Mayor of Linz, Mr. Luger (SPÖ), wishes to terminate the theatre contract with the Province of Upper Austria, which regulates the financial participation of the City of Linz in the Landestheater and the concerts of the Bruckner Orchestra in the Brucknerhaus, with the votes of the SPÖ and the FPÖ.

Help us by signing this petition! Here is the demand of the petition in detail:

  • No to the termination of the theatre contract without a viable alternative which secures the financial support of the Landestheater and the Bruckner Orchestra for the future.
  • Yes to the commitment of the City of Linz to financially support the Landestheater Linz and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz as two of the most important local cultural institutions.

Should the financial means regulated by the theatre contract be lost, the Linzer Landestheater and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz will no longer be what they are today, i.e. internationally renowned cultural institutions appreciated annually by well over 300,000 visitors. The audience would have to accept massive cuts in theatre and concert offerings in terms of programme, level, quality and quantity.

As the European Capital of Culture 2009, Linz would thus suffer a blatant loss of quality of life and an enormous loss of image for itself. 

Sign the petition

[Press Release] European Theatre Represented in Asia at PAMS, Seoul


A New European Strategy for International Cultural Relations

The European Theatre Convention (ETC) and a group of major European theatre leaders presented the European public theatre landscape in Asia at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS), South Korea from 8 to 12 October 2018.


This initiative was organised under the umbrella of ETC, Europe’s major network of public theatres. It was part of the first European cultural delegation of the European Commission to attend Asia’s performing arts platform. The project had for ambition to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between both continents, laying the grounds for future long-term relationships between European and Asian countries. This exchange represents a concrete example of the new European strategy towards international cultural relations, reinforcing Europe as global actor through external cultural diplomacy.


The group of ETC delegates, all cultural ambassadors of the rich and diverse European theatre, included:

  • Serge Rangoni, ETC President and General and Artistic Director at Théâtre de Liège (BE);
  • Paulien Geerlings, ETC Vice-President and Dramaturge at De Toneelmakerij Amsterdam (NL);
  • Karen Stone, General Intendant at Theater Magdeburg (DE);
  • Hermann Schneider, General Intendant of Landestheater Linz (AU);
  • Alexandru Boureanu, General Manager of Romanian National Theatre Craiova (RO);
  • Ulrich Beck, Dramaturge at Deutsches Theater Berlin (DE);
  • Tine Lund, International Projects Manager at Det Norske Teatret Oslo (NO);
  • Heidi Wiley, ETC Executive Director.

For the ETC ambassadors, building international networks proves to be a crucial condition to increase the cultural theatre offer for their local public within our globally complex connected world and fosters professional exchange between theatre artists.


Karen Stone, Serge Rangoni and Heidi Wiley presented specifications of the European theatre making during the EU focus sessions, speed dating session were organised to meet with potential Asian partners and ETC coordinated an exclusive encounter with artists and up and coming directors from the Korean National Theatre Company as well as the Namsan Arts Center. 


Photo: The ETC Delegation at PAMS 2018 with colleagues from the National Theatre Company of Korea, Seoul/South Korea. © National Theatre Company of Korea


Press Contact
Joséphine Dusol
T: 0049 30 28441 402

Teatro Farnese - Parma


Elisabetta Pozzi in a backwards journey to Hamlet, the historical performance directed by Walter Le Moli and staged in 2002 at the Teatro Farnese.


07 – 08 November 2018 – Technicians Are Invited to Join the Digital Theatre Workshop


This year, the IMPACT Festival – digital theatre festival yearly organised by Théâtre de Liège – will host a ETC Digital Theatre Workshop on 07 and 08 November 2018. This is an opportunity for each ETC Member Theatre to send a member of their technical departments, as they will have the occasion to meet, learn about the latest innovations in the field and share experiences.
On the agenda are the new technical applications for artistic creations of the European Theatre Lab: a sound capturing device for actors, a new automised surtitling technique and mixed reality acting and performing via an app.

Moreover, a partner meeting for the new ETC artistic collaboration project on digitisation "Archive of Movements" (working title) with Kay Voges (Artistic Director Drama Theater Dortmund) and motion tracking company Puppeteers (Dortmund) will take place in the afternoon of 08 November 2018.

The programme and registration will be communicated at the beginning of October. Meanwhile, make sure to communicate this opportunity to your colleagues!
Teresa Pfaud, Project Coordinator for the Digital Theatre Workshop
0049 30 28441 207

Mareike Hage, Project and Network Manager for the project "Archive of Movements"
0049 30 28441 460 

Go to Digital Theatre Workshop for Technicians

01 December 2018 - Next Meeting for Communication Officers


The next ETC International Theatre Conference (Bratislava, 29 November to 02 December) will also be the host of a meeting dedicated to communication officers. As part of our professional training programme, this meeting offers peer-to-peer learning and fosters international networking between the Member Theatres.
A detailed programme of the meeting will follow soon. All communication officers are also invited to join the ETC International Conference (from 29 November to 02 December). Note that a different date was previously announced and is therefore no longer accurate. 

01 December 2018
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava/Slovakia
The communication officers must register through the registration form of the ETC International Theatre Conference
Joséphine Dusol, Communication Manager
0049 30 28441 402 

Go to For Communication Officers

New Edition of 'Theatre is Dialogue – Dialogue of Cultures'


Good news to start this autumn with: the German Federal Foreign Office will continue supporting ETC’s project "Theatre is Dialogue – Dialogue of Cultures" in Ukraine in 2018! This support will enable us to intensify our work of the previous years and to offer new opportunities for young theatre makers and strengthen the Ukrainian theatre scene through:

  • a residency in Germany with the Collectiv Schenk&Cant, who were joined by Ukrainian actors during past residencies in Ukraine. The company will develop a new play on the concepts of travel, home and transit. The play will be performed in Wiesbaden at the end of the residency (18 – 21 October – contact us for tickets!) and in Ukraine at the end of the year;
  • guest performances of German theatre formats and productions in Ukraine in November and December; presenting documentary, classroom and interactive theatre plays in combination with artists exchanges and a discursive programme;
  • an alumni meeting with former ETC scholars in Kiev in December;
  • a dialogue meeting with theatre makers and stakeholders in Kiev (representants of the public and independent theatres) to advance exchanges on professional collaborations and an improved structure for a modern theatre scene in Ukraine.

Go to 2018

Guild of Theatrical Critics Awards 2018


Weöres Sándor Theatre has been awarded at the Awards Giving Gala by the Guild of Theatrical Critics.


Success at Városmajor's Theatrical Review


The Weöres Sándor Theater has been further enriched by the prize-giving ceremony at Városmajor's Theatrical Review.


Ten-Point Reflection on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021-2027)


The points are presented on behalf of the performing arts sector. Elaborated by IETM and co-signed by Circostrada, EDN, ETC and In-situ.

Read the full ten-point reflection paper

Go to 2018

ETC delegation to join PAMS 2018, Seoul/Korea


ETC organises for the first time a collective professional travel for ETC Member Theatres to the PAMS, Performing Arts Market in Seoul, South Korea. Taking place in October 2018, it will be an extraordinary opportunity to promote the work of ETC’s members and to facilitate new collaborations.

Go to PAMS 2018

Save Stage Lighting


The current proposal for stage lighting legislation will force small and large theatres to, quite literally, go dark. ETC joins the Association of Lighting Designers in their petition to save stage lighting: sign it and share it! Read more about the European Union 2020 lighting regulations and sign the petition here.

The European Commission Proposes a Modern Budget for 2021-2027


In today’s Europe, the question of budget in culture is widely problematic: over the last months, many cultural institutions– including ETC – have joined forces to fight for a fair and modern budget after 2020. At the beginning of May, the European Commission released its proposal for 2021-2027 which is increasing the culture budget from 455 million (2014-2020) to 650 million.
The European Council and the European Parliament will negotiate this budget in June. Read more here about the European Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027.

Premieres 2018-2019 at the Bürgerbühne Staatsschauspiel Dresden


Upcoming premieres of the Bürgerbühne Staatsschauspiel Dresden:


an experiment with Class 8c from Waldblick secondary school Freital-Niederhäslich

Premiere: May 11, 2018...


Artist residency program: Stephen Bailey's review


Stephen Bailey is taking part in the rehearsals of a drama called „The Salem Witches” as a second assistant. He is writing a blog about the period that he spend in Szombathely.


Premieres 2018 at the Macedonian National Theatre, Skopje (MK)


Upcoming premieres of the Macedonian National Theatre include The Walking Ghost written by Dejan Dukovski – a famous Macedonian playwright, and directed by Srdjan Janicijevic, as well as the two great Russian classics, A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev, directed by Paolo Magelli, and The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, directed by Nina Nikolikj. Rehearsals for these productions have started recently.

As far as the European and international cooperations with other theatres are concerned, Macedonian National Theatre is going to host few European productions: Mountain Giants by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Paolo Magelli, a coproduction with the Italian department of the National Croatian Theatre in Rijeka, the Slovenian Repertory Theatre in Triest, the “Kosztolányi Dezső” Theatre in Subotica and the Albanian Theatre in Skopje; Kingdom of Heaven, a production of National Theatre in Belgrade, directed by Jernej Lorenci; and Einstein’s Dreams, one of the latest productions directed by Slobodan Unkovski at Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade.

More information

Premieres 2018 at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin (DE)


©Arno Declair


Most of the Deutsches Theater productions are regularly presented with English surtitles.


  • Ulysses, based on the novel by James Joyce, directed by Sebastian Hartmann. A momentous 20th-century text, which, by applying multiple perspectives, creates a fragmented picture of the characters, showing that language not only depicts and describes, it can also convey the manifold possibilities and conditions of modern subjectivity. Premiere: 19 January 2018.


  • Summerfolk (Sommergäste) by Maxim Gorki, directed by Daniela Löffner. A country residence is the meeting place for a privileged party. They have left the city to spend the summer in the countryside. With his tableau of scenes penned in 1904, Gorky wanted to present "the modern bourgeois-materialist intelligentsia". A cataclysmic turning point casts a shadow on these summer folk and their restless souls. Premiere: 23 February 2018.


  • Solaris, based on the novel by Stanisław Lem, directed by András Dömötör. Lem’s masterpiece of science fiction, published in 1961, is brought to the stage as an absurd and comic journey between reality and fiction, focusing on the question of the limitations of human knowledge. Premiere: 2 March 2018.


  • Rome (Rom) based on Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, adapted by John von Düffel, directed by Karin Henkel. The three Shakespearean plays can be read as a brief history of democracy based on the example of ancient Rome. We see all these characters of more or less power turning once and again the big wheel of politics before the Roman House of Cards finally collapses. Premiere: 16 March 2018.



  • Medea. Voices (Medea. Stimmen) by Christa Wolf, directed by Tilmann Köhler. Originated as a radical correction of the predominant image of Medea, Christa Wolf questions the sovereignty of historical interpretation – and in whose interest it is to cast the “wild woman” as a murderer. Premiere: 5 April 2018.


  • Daredevils (Draufgängerinnen). All Adventurous Women Do by Tanja Šljivar, directed by Salome Dastmalchi. In 2014 the “collective pregnancy” of seven teenage girls was turned into a scandal by Bosnian and international media. Their own voices were not heard. The author creates a polyphonic chorus of those unheard voices, which discusses the necessity of going beyond one’s own body, one’s own life. A Junges DT production. World premiere: 15 April 2018.


  • Gala Global. In search of a global citizen by Turbo Pascal . The Berlin theatre collective continues its research to the legacy of Garry Davis, the self-proclaimed World Citizen No. 1. The theatre forecourt will be the venue for a world citizen’s gala. Various representatives of world citizenship will make their appearance on the red carpet, and at long tables will draw spectators into conversations, votes and wrangling. World Premiere: 5 May 2018.


  • Autorentheatertage 2018.Festival of New Drama, 1-3 and 13-23 June. One focus lies on the presentation of about 12 guest performances of outstanding new plays of the current season. The other focus lies on a call for new, not yet staged plays. 143 theatre texts were sent in, three of which were chosen by the jury as the best ones: In Stanniolpapier (In Tinfoil) by Björn SC Deigner, Eine Version der Geschichte (A Version of History) by Simone Kucher and europa flieht nach europa (europa flees to europe) by Miroslava Svolikova. On 22 June, in the “Long Night of Authors”, the Burgtheater Vienna, the Schauspielhaus Zurich and the Deutsches Theater Berlin will each stage the world premiere of one of these plays.


  • Radar Ost. This year for the first time the Autorentheatertage festival will be opened by an international kick-off weekend with guest performances of new plays and contemporary authors from Eastern Europe. Royal District Theatre, Tbilisi/Georgia will show two productions: Prometheus. 25 Years of Independence, on 1 June 2018, and Women of Troye both by Data Tavadze and Davit Gabunia, on 2 and 3 June 2018. Vilnius City Theatre/Lithuania will show TRANS TRANS TRANCE by Kamilė Gudmonait, on 1 and 2 June 2018, and Nowy Teatr Warszaw/Poland will present The Call of Cthulhu by Michał Borczuch, on 2 June 2018.
    Once more an International Dramaturgs Meeting on June 22/23 will be connected with the Autorentheatertage festival and offer the opportunity to experience and discuss the awarded plays and their authors.


The complete program will be published in April 2018.


European Theatre Lab Premieres


The European Theatre Lab is Europe’s first think tank devoted to researching a digital strategy for theatre. At its heart, three creative projects that will premiere in France, Romania, Norway and Germany. Save the dates!

More details about each performance on the ETL website.


The Art of Ageing on The Theatre Time


The project The Art of Ageing may be finished but it has still a lot of stories to tell!


'Nadia' featured on Italian TV


The "Nadia" showcase at the Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma in December was featured on Italian national television this weekend.


Season's Greetings from ETC!


As we look back at 2017, this has been a huge year for the ETC. And 2018 looks to be even bigger and more exciting for our network.


9th Antalya International Theatre Festival: Call for Applications


Festival: 17-27 MAY 2018.

Deadlne for Applications: 15 January 2018. T

Turkish State Theaters and Antalya State Theater are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 9th annual Antalya International Theater Festival, which will take place from 17 May to 27 May 2018.

Antalya International Theater Festival organized by Turkish State Theaters - The National Theater of Turkey is a 10 day and non-competitive festival aims to be a bridge between Western and Eastern cultures. As the first international theatre oriented event of the region, the purpose of the festival is to take a step towards establishing future cooperation between Turkish State Theaters and foreign companies all across the world.


Our Ukrainian bloggers are back!


Check out their experiences from ETC's 2017 cultural and artistic exchange programme: Theatre is Dialogue: Dialogue of Cultures. European Networking with Eastern European Theatres.

Heidi Wiley ETC Secretary General, interviewed by Ukrainian Theater


Heidi Wiley: “With the creation of ETC, its founders wanted to establish a new form for internatio-nal collaboration and artistic exchange between European theatres“

Originally published by Ukrainian Theatre.

Republished by The Theatre Times.

ETC adds 2 new member theatres


The Weöres Sándor Színház in Szombathely, Hungary and Theater Magdeburg in Germany are now full members of Europe's largest theatre network.


ETC Elects New President: Serge Rangoni


Serge Rangoni, General Manager and Artistic Director of the Théâtre de Liège, and long-time board member of the ETC, has been elected President of the European Theatre Convention for the next two years.


Free Kirill Serebrennikov: A call to action by ETC Member Theatres


ETC Member Theatres have published an open letter to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Russian Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky, calling for the release of Kirill Serebrennikov.

The open letter can be downloaded here.


ENGAGE – Empowering today’s audiences through challenging theatre


Creating European theatre for, with and reflecting today’s audiences

As Europe’s leading network of public theatres, ETC spearheaded the project ENGAGE (2017-2021) to transform the theatre sector on a creative, cultural, social and political level through innovative programming and formats, high-profile festivals, performances and events held across Europe and comprehensive training to shape theatre artists and leaders of tomorrow. With strategic partnerships and a sophisticated outreach, we will increase visibility and have an impact on multiple levels.

We have formulated a programme with five main pillars:

  1. Critical thinking through theatre
  2. Participatory theatre
  3. Theatre in the digital age
  4. ETC’s professional development programme for theatre makers
  5. Empowering ETC’s Network for growth and sustainability

With a broad array of targeted activities in the five pillars, the results of ENGAGE will accumulate over the course of four years, amplified through structural effects and the vast network of multipliers and influencers in the ETC network, culminating in strategic policy recommendations for:

  • Audience Development
  • Digital Technologies
  • Performing arts promote access to intangible cultural heritage

Project highlights

  • Our Stage: Introducing a new form of participatory theatre
  • Young Europe 3: The third edition of the highly acclaimed project for youth
  • Joint campaign with Opera Europe and PEARLE to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018
  • Annual festivals and biannual conferences
  • Training programs for theatre professionals and scholarships for younger artists
  • Revamped communications with a state-of-the art campaign across the ETC network

Based on current projections, by the end of ENGAGE will reach an audience of over 270,000 and about 1.5 million media contacts, gain over 120,000 new social media contacts, and provide direct benefits to almost 10,000 individuals. Beyond the numbers, ENGAGE unifies ETC activities to consolidate our position and the vitality of European theatre for years to come.

ENGAGE is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union

New Arena Shakespeare at the Fondazione Teatro Due


It is with unhidden pride that we announce the opening of a brand new space at Fondazione Teatro Due: the Arena Shakespeare. Bringing together classical inspiration and modern technology, Arena Shakespeare is a unique place where an audience of 700 people can enjoy the best of theatre, dance, music and poetry in an open-air summer season. Including Arena Shakespeare, Fondazione Teatro Due now has 10 spaces that can be used for shows, rehearsals, and any kind of cultural event.

The first Arena Shakespeare Summer Season, which took place between end of June and end of July 2017, has been a complete and outstanding success. 5000 people came to see our productions, which included Sogno di una notte di mezza estate ("A Midsummer Night’s Dream" by William Shakespeare, with music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, performed by Filarmonica Toscanini), I Persiani by Aeschylus, Le Rane by Aristophanes along with several poetry readings with international poets and a dance show (Italian premiere) by the coreographer Hervé Koubi. Both the audience and the critics reacted enthusiastically, and the opening of Arena Shakespeare granted a unique atmosphere that everyone was invited to enjoy. This is an important improvement to the cultural offer that Fondazione Teatro Due brings to the Italian theatre life. With its uninterrupted activity, Teatro Due is a real Cultural District.

We are already working on the next Summer Season of Arena Shakespeare, hoping that the success of our first season will be repeated and, hopefully, even improved.


Premieres 2017 at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin (DE)


It Can´t Happen Here, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Director: Christopher Rüping. Written in 1935 in the wake of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, Sinclair Lewis’s seemingly far-fetched story depicts the ascent of an American political outsider and populist named Buzz Windrip to president of the United States.
Premiere: 20 September 2017.

Americabased on the novel The Man Who Disappeared by Franz Kafka.
Director: Dušan David Pařízek. The unfinished novel describes the bizarre wanderings of the young European emigrant Karl Rossmann, who was forced by his family to go to New York City. It reverses the American Dream into its opposite.
Premiere: 27 September 2017.

Feminista, Baby!
based on the SCUM-Manifesto by Valerie Solanas.
Directors: Tom Kühnel, Jürgen Kuttner. Valerie Solanas was the woman who tried to kill pop art star Andy Warhol in 1968. Her SCUM Manifesto is a feminist text, radical, enraged, but also very witty. The directors and their all-male cast will submit themselves to the full force of Solanas' wrath.
Premiere: 20 October 2017

Here.I.Stand (Hier.Stehe.Ich)
. 3 countries, 3 models, 3 encounters.
Concept: Johannes Krug.
Director: Uta Plate. 500 years after Martin Luther said „Here I stand, I can’t help” young people from Russia, Poland and Germany deal with people of integrity and stability, with historical and contemporary models who followed their own conscience. A project of Junges DT.
Premiere: 31 October 2017

Father (Vater), written and directed by Dietrich Brüggemann.
A young man is at his father’s deathbed. He looks back at his own life and at the same time into his own future. Dietrich Brüggemann is an awarded German film director and author, Father is his first work for the theatre.
World Premiere: 11 November 2017

Dislocation (Versetzung)
by Thomas Melle. Director: Brit Bartkowiak. Ronald seems to have everything. Privately and at work. He is the perfect teacher, loved by his students, respected by parents, and valued by his boss. But Ronald has a secret, maniac depression, an illness that defined his past and threatens his future.
World Premiere: 17 November 2017

The Captain of Köpenick (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick)
by Carl Zuckmayer in an adaptation by Armin Petras.
Director: Jan Bosse. A quintessentially Berlin play, which premiered at the Deutsches Theater in 1931. 86 years later, Armin Petras – himself a born-and-bred Berliner – takes up Carl Zuckmayer’s famous parable and extends it to the present day. A story of a man on the outside.
Premiere: 21 December 2017


Season Opening at Staatsschauspiel Dresden


Staatsschauspiel Dresden starts its first season with Joachim Klement, as general manager, at the helm, with a marathon of premieres. On 22 and 23 September the following premieres are scheduled: “Nationalstraße” after the novel by Jaroslav Rudiš, “Professor Bernhardi“ by Arthur Schnitzler, “The Sorrows of Young Werher” by J. W. von Goethe and the world premiere of „Träumende Kollektive. Tastende Schafe (Staat3)“ – a coproduction of Rimini Protokoll and Staatsschauspiel Dresden – and „Der Weg ins Leben“.


Frame, new performace by Koreja // Premiere at Napoli Teatro Festival (10 and 11 June)


FRAME, designed and directed by Alessandro Serra, is inspired by Edward Hopper's pictorial universe. Every his painting has been considered as a short tale fragment where extrapolate figures, situations and words from. A figurative/visual short novella, without a plot or an end, as Cechov would say, for a moment a semi-opened door on an unknown house and immediately closed again. 


GUL, a shot in the dark - new performace by Koreja // First presentation at Inequilibrio 2017 – Castiglioncello (2 July)


The performance is an Italian- Swedish coproduction.

This performance is a monologue. This monologue is a crime novel. It’s a Swedish crime novel.

In 1986, the assassination of Olof Palme scarred the global political history, exactly as, almost twenty years before and in another continent, the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy that subverted the political equilibrium of that period. The murder of Olof Palme is a cold case par excellence. Today, the remainders of his life are a story full of plots and political interests, a national grief and a never arrested killer.


Saint Olive Tree, by Koreja (30 July)


Saint Olive Tree is a multiform artistic approach about the huge problem on the epidemich ilness that kills the fantastic trees in Puglia. We try, by using collective form of theatre, not only to enphasize on the problem but also to underline it and change the tree life in a real Christ Passion. 

This itinerant performance will be on 30th of July, will include music, chorus, old people and children of a specific place in Salento, Aradeo, which is the core of the issue. Aradeo is a small village surrounded by countryside, it is totally in feeling with the nature and the tradition of this place. In trees there is a deep faith: its are part or everyday life, it is, in a way, the oldest member of a big family, when Saint Olive Tree dies, it is necessary have enough tears to cry it and try to say goodbye in a  proper manner. Walking along the streets with the tree on the shoulders exactly as it was a Saint must be the way. 

FRAME, new performace opening at Napoli Teatro Festival


FRAME, designed and directed by Alessandro Serra, is inspired by Edward Hopper's pictorial universe. Every his painting has been considered as a short tale fragment where extrapolate figures, situations and words from. A figurative/visual short novella, without a plot or an end, as Cechov would say, for a moment a semi-opened door on an unknown house and immediately closed again.

Marjanishvili Theatre’s “AS YOU LIKE IT” in National Theater of Costa Rica during Teatro Espressivo's - International season at the National Theatre San Jose, Costa Rica.


Marjanishvili Theatre will present 2 performances -  “AS YOU LIKE IT”, directed by Levan Tsuladze in the frames of International season at the National Theatre San Jose, Costa Rica. Performances are scheduled on June 9 and 10 at 20:00.


ENGAGE - Empowering today's audiences through challenging theatre


We are excited to announce that ETC has been selected by the European Commission for funding for its new project ENGAGE.

As Europe’s leading network of public theatres, ETC spearheaded ENGAGE (2017-2021) to transform the theatre sector on a creative, cultural, social and political level through innovative programming and formats, high-profile festivals, performances and events held across Europe and comprehensive training to shape theatre artists and leaders of tomorrow. With strategic partnerships and a sophisticated outreach, we will increase visibility and have an impact on multiple levels.

We have formulated a programme with five main pillars:

  1. Critical thinking through theatre
  2. Participatory theatre
  3. Theatre in the digital age
  4. ETC’s professional development programme for theatre makers
  5. Empowering ETC’s Network for growth and sustainability

2nd Dramatiker|innenfestival Graz (Austria)



2nd Dramatiker|innenfestival Graz

The 2nd „Dramatiker|innenfestival Graz“, hosted by Schauspielhaus and DramaForum, will take place from June 6 to June 11. The festival will bring international playwrights, authors, theatre performances and panel discussions to Graz, making it Austria‘s new „Literaturhauptstadt“.




Musical theatre, Classical theatre, Poetry, Dance, a wide schedule full of national premieres and international guests for the first Summer Season of Fondazione Teatro Due. It will take place from 22nd June to 17th July 2017 and it will include the inauguration of the Arena Shakespeare of Parma, a unique venue in Italy.


KATER I RADES, performace by Koreja // Euroregional Theatre Festival Timișoara – TESZT (27th May)


Katër i Radës is not just an opera of the memory. It’s an effort, though the music, to release the universe of human who went to meet one of the many tragedies in the Mediterranean: the one of a small Albanian boat overloaded with men, women and children, sank in March 1997 in front of the Italian coast. In the single act crowd the Drowned and the Saved, those who survived and those who died, their voices, their thoughts, and especially their journey to the dark, full of great anxieties and small wishes, dreams and fears, digressions, apparitions, sudden recollections. 


Festival “Themenwoche Interkultur” at Staatstheater Braunschweig (GERMANY)


These two theatre projects will be presented during the festival “Themenwoche Interkultur” from 1st until 8th April at Staatstheater Braunschweig.


ETC-Projekt "NADIA“ is online

1st April, 19.00 | Haus Drei | Junges Staatstheater

Nadia and Anna look for guidance and confirmation. Nadia meets Brahim online, they flirt and she opens up to his salafistic ideas. However, Anna creates an online-blog for healthy nutrition and fashion and can’t understand why her friend starts to wear a headscarf. She tries to stop Nadia from getting too involved with this kind of radical positions. Will she be able to convince her?



2. Gypsies

A research theatre project about Romanies in Europe by werkgruppe2 | Debut performance In cooperation with the Staatstheater Braunschweig (DE), the Théâtre de la Manufacture Nancy (FR) and the Nationaltheatre Temeswar (RO)
4th April, 20.00 | Husarenstraße | Drama 5th April, 11.00 | Husarenstraße | Drama with German & English surtitles

Romanies are still called "Gypsies" and EU-citizens, who are scared of foreign infiltration, still use them as scapegoats and treat them as the black sheep of society. What prejudices do these transnational peoples face? Why are they seen as "the others"? 

There will be a follow-up discussion after each performance.


Marjanishvili Theatre’s “Begalut – in Exile” in Cameri International Festival of Theatre, Tel – Aviv, Israel.


Marjanishvili Theatre will present 2 performances -  “Begalut – in Exile”, directed by Levan Tsuladze in the frames of International Theatre Festival in Cameri Theatre, Tel – Aviv, Israel. Performances are scheduled on December 19 and 20 at 20:30.


International Adana Theatre Festival


Applications are now open for the 19th edition of the International Adanaa Theatre Festival, which will take place from 27 March to 30 April 2017.




Premieres, September 2016 – January 2017

Please note that most of the DT productions are presented with English surtitles

Man in the Holocene (Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän) based on the novella by Max Frisch, directed by Thom Luz. In an associative and musical way Thom Luz with his ensemble of four actors and two musicians investigates Frisch’s text about the gradual disappearance of an elderly man. Premiere: 23 September 2016, Coproduction with the Theater Basel, CH.

BUCH. Berlin (5 ingredientes de la vida) by Fritz Kater, directed by Tilman Köhler. Utopia, Imagination, Love and death, Instinct, Care. In five scenes starting in the 1960s and leading up to the present day, Fritz Kater shows people (and animals) struggling for love, life, meaning and understanding. Premiere: 24 September 2016.

thermal resistance (der thermale widerstand) by Ferdinand Schmalz, directed by Matthias Rippert. A spa resort as the scene for a battle between deceleration and turbo capitalism. Ferdinand Schmalz relocates the ideological war of world views to a place least of all associated with political awareness. World premiere: 30 September 2016.

Iphigenia in Tauris (Iphigenie auf Tauris) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, directed by Ivan Panteleev. A girl who was sacrificed by her father, and was saved by a goddess, who spent years in exile on an island ruled by a despotical king, who longs to get home, who manages to transform despotism into humanism. Premiere: 14 October 2016.

Walls – Iphigenia in Exile by ZinA Choi, Kyungsung Lee, Mario Salazar and Kon Yi. Directors: ZinA Choi, Tilmann Köhler, Kyungsung Lee, Jungung Yang and Kon Yi. A contemporary version of Goethe’s drama ‘Iphigenia in Tauris’ with a German-Korean perspective, the result of several years of collaboration between German and Korean theatre artists. World premiere: 14 October 2016, ACC in Gwangju, South Korea. Berlin premiere: 23 October 2016.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In co-production with Goethe-Institute Korea, Asia Culture Institute and The Walls Committee, organised at Asia Culture Center, supported by Arts Council Korea in cooperation with Producer Group DOT.

Downfall of the Egoist Johann Fatzer (Der Untergang des Egoisten Johann Fatzer) by Bertolt Brecht / version by Heiner Müller, directed by Tom Kühnel and Jürgen Kuttner. Premiere 12 November 2016.

Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss, directed by Stefan Pucher. "In a society of criminals, I unearthed the crime in myself in order to explore it …". Premiere 27 November 2016.

King Ubu (König Ubu) von Alfred Jarry, directed by András Dömötör. Jarry’s absurd drama is, in the best sense of the word, a bad joke. Premiere: 30 November 2016.

Kuffar. The Atheists (Kuffar. Die Gottesleugner), text and direction by Nuran David Calis.

“You’re looking for freedom. I’m looking for truth.” World premiere: 11 December 2016.

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Stephan Kimmig. A story of how dreams may help to withstand everyday life, but cannot help to overcome life itself. Premiere: 16 December 2016.

The Celebration (Das Fest) by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov, directed by Anne Lenk. A story of helplessness and anger, repression and masquerade, lies and the power of truth. Premiere 20 January 2017.

The Ten Commandments (Die Zehn Gebote), a production by Jette Steckel. World Premiere 20 January 2017.





It looks like a busy year for the creative team of  Anna Karenina, one of Timișoara National Theatre’s most celebrated productions. The theatre received invitations to perform the play at the BITEI International Festival 2016 in Chișinău, the Republic of Moldavia, the 7th International Antalya Theatre Festival in Turkey and and The Golden Lion International Festival in Lviv, Ukraine.


Silver Bear winner Radu Jude makes his stage directing debut at the Timisoara National Theatre


Acclaimed Romanian film director Radu Jude, winner of the Silver Bear at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, is making his stage directing debut at the Timisoara National Theatre. Radu Jude is currently working on an adaptation for the stage of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a marriage,having teamed up with actors Claudia Ieremia, Ion Rizea and Alina Ilea, as well as with award-winning set designer Iuliana Vîlsan.


Daniele Salvo – “The Bacchae” workshop at The “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre, Craiova (TNCMS)



National Theatres Reunion Tour – Chișinău, Republic of Moldova



“A Tempest” at the Tbilisi International Theatre


″Marin Sorescu″ National Theatre Craiova has the pleasure to announce it s participation 

 to The Tbilisi International Theatre Festival (Georgia) *3 to 6 October 2015


The American director Peter Schneider, again in Craiova



“THE SEAGULL”, by A.P. Cehov – a long-expected event





Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre has a pleasure to inform you about the tour details In Italy and represent our last co - production with  Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (GEORGIA - ITALY).


24/09/2015 - 08/10/2015 Tbilisi International theatre festival


The Tbilisi International theatre festival will take place from 24 September until 8 October 2015 and the Georgian theatre showcase from October 5-8, 2015. The Festival runs every year and is one of the major events in International life of Georgia. But not only - it is becoming one of the main performing arts events in Caucasia, attracting attention of the most well-known, creative, provocative and innovative theater productions from the world.

• GEORGIAN SHOWCASE (since 2009)
Special events and programs for artists, public and guests will add passion to FESTIVAL.

Download the full programme

Download the invitation to ETC members

21st - 28th August: Festival La Mousson d'Été


The next edition of the Festival “La Mousson d`été – Contemporary plays international meeting” will take take place from August 21-27, 2015 in Pont-à-Mousson (France). 

In parallel to the festival, the “European summer school - multi-faceted approached of contemporary plays”, supervised by Jean-Pierre Ryngaert, offers the possibility to attend a special program on contemporary theatre. During five workshops, the plays, presented during the festival, will be approached through dramaturgic, writing, reading and playing exercises. Those various ateliers will be supervised every morning by writers, directors or academics. The afternoon program will be dedicated to conferences and more theoretical exchanges, in the presence of the artists of La Mousson d’été.

Out of the five workshops, one will be lead in English by Rebekka Kricheldorf, German author.

If you are interested to participate, you can download the detailed program by clicking here.
Deadline registration workshop: June 19th 

For further information on the Festival Mousson d'Éte please click here!

Marjanishvili Theatre announces the tour schedule in June, 2015


Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre has a pleasure to inform you about the tour schedule during June 2015.

We would be honored to host you in the frames of following International Theatre Festivals with the Performance THE MAD MAN’S DIARY 


Autorentheatertage Berlin - June 13th-27th 2015


The Deutsches Theater Berlin presents the Autorentheatertage, the festival of new German drama, taking place from 13th until 27th of June. 4 world premieres in cooperation with Burgtheater Wien and Schauspielhaus Zürich, 12 guest performances of new remarkable plays and stagings, panels, talks, discussions, dramaturges meeting on 27th June. Discover the full program here.

Drama Festival 2015


The Festival will take place from 2 to 7 June 2015. Eight performances by Slovenian and foreign theatres will be accompanied by discussions with the artists, round tables, musical evenings, and relaxed socializing at Drama Café, as well as elsewhere in and around the Drama theatre. 


HEIDELBERGER STÜCKEMARKT Festival from April 24th – May 3rd 2015


For the 32th time, the HEIDELBERGER STÜCKEMARKT presents a wide range of contemporary plays and performances from Germany and Austria and allows to discover new writing talents at play readings.

In addition to the German-language program, the HEIDELBERGER STÜCKEMARKT each year has a different guest country: We are proud to be hosting the largest showcase of Mexican theatre abroad this year!

Please find a program overview attached and more information on our webpage:

Theatre Café Festival Amsterdam, May 28th - 30th


Theatre Café Festival is an international symposium on European theatrical texts for children and young people.

Following on from Theatre Cafés in York, Oslo and Berlin, the closing event of the Theatre Café Festival will be held in Amsterdam from 28 to 30 May 2015. For three days, three leading Amsterdam theatres will be entirely devoted to the best theatre productions for and about young people. English will be the main language throughout.

To see the updated festival programme and to register to the festival, click here. - Slovak National Theatre International Festival, June 12th – 19th


The Slovak National Theatre International Festival is set to take place from the 12th – 19th of June 2015 and aspires to present top European and SND Drama Theatre productions.

The festival opener is a new production The Celibate by one of the most prestigious European theatres - the Vienna Burgtheater – making its return to the SND stage for the first time in 36 years. The full stop for the week-long drama festival is provided by one of the most respected German theatres - the Dresden State Theatre with its most successful staging of Divided Heaven directed by the young star of German theater Tillman Kohler.

Not only due to the celebrations that are associated with the year 2014 on the two sides of the wall between Eastern and Western Europe, not only because of the bitter historical experience of the wall, but particularly for its sensitive perception of contemporary social life, the theme of this year's festival is The Wall. And not only the Berlin wall, but all walls of misunderstanding which divide modern society.

All information on the  festival on


Teatro Cargo on tour in Italy



Milan, Teatro Filodrammatici, from 3 to 8 February 2015

First prize "Premio Sonia Bonacina 2014 - First Edition"

The show explores the importance and uniqueness of relations created in jail. The portrait of two women trying to start again from the beginning.


A trilogy on the WWI - January 23, 24 an 25 at the Zagreb Youth Theatre, Croatia


"A century of a Family" is the topic developed in the trilogy The Lamb / The Hen / The Eagle produced by Zagreb Youth Theatre, Mess International Theatre Festival Sarajevo and Bitef Theatre. 

The trilogy consists of separate performances which, each from their own perspective, answer to the topic of the WWI centenary.

The performances were directed by Anica Tomić in Zagreb, Selma Spahić in Sarajevo and Ana Tomović in Belgrade

Performances at the Zagreb Youth Theatre 
January 23, 24 and 25 2015


Readings of the Art of Ageing plays - January 21, 2015


A stage reading of the play "Ich befürchte, jetzt kennen wir uns" written by Ivor Martinic in the frame of the projet "The Art of Ageing" will take place on January 21 at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Further readings of the Art of Ageing plays will be staged in the coming months.  

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