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For the second time, the Federal Theater Prize was awarded by the Minister of State for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, to small and medium-sized theaters.


Felix Sodemann



A total of 230 guests attended the award ceremony on July 06, 2017 at the Theater der Altmark (TdA) in Stendal. The festive event was moderated by Thomas Bille (mdr). The laudatory speech for the award winners was held by the jurors Dorte Lena Eilers (Theater der Zeit) and Georg Kasch (nachtkritik). The Welcome Band of the TdA provided the musical framework for the evening. The photos of the award ceremony and the award winners can be downloaded here (password: Theaterpreis2017). All photos are free for publication if the photographer Sabina Sabovic/ITI is mentioned.

Symposium "Theaters as Social Spaces of the Public Sphere"

Accompanying the 2017 award ceremony, the ITI, together with the German Stage Association and the Federal Association of Independent Performing Arts, hosted the symposium "Theater as Social Spaces of the Public Sphere"

Theaters intervene in social debates. Not only with artistic projects, but at the same time with a variety of social, integrative and intercultural projects. A change in the dance and theater landscape is emerging. How do theater professionals act? How can sponsors constructively accompany this change?

Information about the program can be found here.


This year's laureates: Theater Naumburg, Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen in Gera and Altenburg, Lichthof Theater in Hamburg, tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, E.T.A Hoffmann Theater in Bamberg, tjg theater junge generation in Dresden and Sophiensaele and Schaubude in Berlin.

The jury, appointed by the Minister of Culture, selected eight award winners from a total of 131 applications received. The detailed justifications for each award-winning theater can be found here. For the full press release of the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, click here.

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. 

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