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All information about the 2021 Federal Theater Award, the #dialograumtheater symposium and the award ceremony can be found here.


Felix Sodemann



Touring exhibition: Theater work beyond the metropolises

Following the 2021 Federal Theater Prize, the ITI is organizing a traveling exhibition that will be on display in nine of the most recent award-winning theaters starting in January 2022. "Dialogue and debate, questioning and strengthening - theater work beyond the metropolises" is the title of the exhibition, which attempts to provide an insight into the work of the award-winning theaters in a small space, making the understanding of theater work as dialogue tangible, tactile in the broadest sense, and creating an offer to contribute one's own perspectives. The traveling exhibition will be available as a fold-out box format for viewing by all visitors. In addition to a digital theater award archive, video formats and interactive modules will also be offered there. 

More information will follow shortly.

2021 prize winners have been selected

The jury has cast its vote: Eleven theaters will be awarded the 2021 Federal Theater Prize. They will each receive €75,000 for outstanding artistic programming. The eleven theaters are:


Jahrmarkttheater, Altenmedingen
LOT-Theater, Braunschweig
WUK Theater Quartier, Halle
Theater an der Glocksee, Hannover
Theaterhaus G7, Mannheim
Schlosstheater Moers
Theater an der Ruhr, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr
HochX Theater und Live Art, München
Das Papiertheater, Riegsee / Murnau am Staffelsee
Salzlandtheater Staßfurt
Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester

In 2021, the German Federal Theater Prize will once again be awarded by the German Minister of Culture, Monika Grütters. We received 76 applications for this award. We would like to sincerely thank all those who sent in applications and are once again pleased with the diverse theater landscape that we were able to find here.

The winners will be announced at the end of June in a press release from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Until then, we ask you to refrain from making inquiries.

The award ceremony will take place on July 08 from 19:00-20:30 hybrid at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and via live stream. The stream link will be available on this page.

Accompanying the event will be the symposium #dialograumtheater on 08 July from 10.00-18.00. Detailed information about the symposium can be found here. You can participate in the symposium actively via Zoom or passively via a Youtube. For active participation, please register via this form. The Youtube link will also be available on the ITI site and on nachtkritik.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


The symposium accompanying the prize 2021

How do theaters succeed in integrating themselves into urban society as social spaces of the public sphere? This question accompanies the symposium and - in view of the challenges of the Corona pandemic - becomes even more topical. How can theaters hold their ground in the face of lockdown measures? How do they remain visible and be heard when the stages are closed? What impulses - artistic, discursive, political - can they provide in digital space or with projects in urban space? What does social change mean after the Corona crisis? And what central role can and must art and culture play in social dialogue?

These questions were discussed in the context of the hybrid symposium #dialograumtheater not only with actors from dance and theater, but also reflected and commented on with perspectives from other areas of society - from education, church, media, business and science. In doing so, we oriented ourselves to three fields of action of theater work: being places of irritation, reflection and vision. The symposium took place on site and streamed on July 08 at the Academy of Arts. 

A recording of the event can be viewed below.


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