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  • Alle Preisträger:innen 2023

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  • Theaterhaus Jena

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  • Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien Claudia Roth, MdB

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The 5th Federal Theatre Prize
was awarded on October 11, 2023


A celebration of the diversity of the performing arts: With the 5th Federal Theater Award, Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media, honors medium-sized and smaller theater companies - and thus the artistic range of the German theater landscape. This year's award winners stand out for their outstanding artistic diversity, exemplary operating structures, special achievements in the further aesthetic development of the performing arts, or innovative strategies for audience expansion.



Symposium on the Federal Theater Prize
Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation – Kooperationen gestalten und verhandeln

The symposium discussed the transformative potential of cooperative forms of work in the performing arts on a national and international level. What effects can medium- and long-term collaborations have for the establishment of sustainability, eye level and multiperspectivity - and what challenges do they bring with them? More information about the speakers and the program here.


The Federal Theater Prize is awarded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The project executing organization is the Zentrum Bundesrepublik Deutschland des Internationalen Theaterinstituts e.V. (ITI) in cooperation with Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.


Retrospective, publication & exhibition

Monika Grütters, State Minister for Culture from 2013 to 2021, awarded the Federal Theatre Prize for the first time in 2015, since then it has been realised every two years in cooperation with the ITI – German Centre. A total of 42 theatres were honoured in 2015, 20172019 and 2021. Artistic and cultural-political issues that especially concern the work of municipal, state and touring theatres, as well as independent venues in smaller and medium-sized cities, are discussed as part of a symposium held to accompany the award ceremony. 

In 2020, in cooperation with Theater der Zeit, a publication was released that pays tribute to the work of the previous award-winning theatres, while at the same time highlighting the challenges they face on a daily basis. 

In the spring and summer of 2022, the traveling exhibition "Dialogue and Confrontation, Transformation and Strengthening - theatre work beyond the metropolitan cities" toured in nine of the eleven award-winning theatres from 2021. Further information can be found here.