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The International Theatre Institute (ITI) is the largest performing arts organisation worldwide and was founded in 1948 on the initiative of UNESCO. 


In Article 1 of its Charter, the ITI adopts the mandate “to promote the international exchange of knowledge and practice in the performing arts in order to consolidate peace and friendship between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding, and increase creative cooperation between all people in the performing arts.” 

It advocates for the free development of the performing arts, the protection and promotion of diversity in cultural expressions, and the protection of the rights of artists. 


The ITI supports the development of the performing arts in all fields, national as well as international cooperation between all genres and various organisations, as well as the establishment of national ITI centres in all countries. The ITI supports the documentation of and publication about the performing arts. 

Together with its members, the ITI organises and coordinates international festivals, congresses, workshops and expert meetings, exhibitions and competitions. 

In accordance with the ITI Charter, member centres are guided by the principles of mutual respect for the national traditions of each country. 

The ITI General Secretariat is located in Paris and Shanghai. 

Since 2014, the president of the World Organisation has been Mohammed Saif Al-Afkham (Fujairah, UAE). The World Organisation has had two German theatre makers as presidents, Ivan Nagel (from 1977 to 1979) and Manfred Beilharz (from 2002 to 2008). 

2018 – 70 years of the ITI World Organisation 

After the Second World War, UNESCO initiated the foundation of an autonomous professional international theatre organisation to be the successor organisation to the Societé Universelle du Théâtre of the League of Nations, which was dissolved in 1938. For the founding congress in Prague in 1948, the eight national theatre centres that had already been set up, along with delegates from a total of 20 countries, adopted the charter that set forth the goals of the newly established world-wide network of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). The 70th anniversary of the ITI was celebrated in 2018 with numerous activities worldwide and a meeting of ITI centre delegates in Hainan, China. Renowned theatre artists from five continents reaffirmed in their statements their commitment to the goals of the ITI. Today, more than 90 national centres and associated members belong to the World Organisation.  

The German section of the ITI has existed since 1955 and the German Federal Republic has been a member of the international network since 1957. A merger took place in 1991 with the GDR centre, founded in 1959. 

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ITI Fundrising Campaign for ZOUKAK, Beirut

ZOUKAK Theatre Company reiceives Donation from German ITI Centre

Ibrahim Ghareib: Skizze

Association Award of the ITI

ITI annual Conference 2021 "Hybridity and Equality?"

The public thematic annual conference of the ITI, which had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic, took place on the web.


Symposium for the Theaterpreis des Bundes 2021

On 08 July 2021, preceeding the award ceremony of the Theaterpreis des Bundes, we will organise the symposium #dialograumtheater.

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Presentation of the ITI Prize to Jetse Batelaan

German ITI Centre 2020 Award

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Winners of the 2021 Theaterpreis des Bundes have been announced.

The jury selected 11 theaters out of 76 applications to win the award. 

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ITI Germany has a new board

Yvonne Büdenhölzer elected President

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31 Einzelporträts kleiner und mittlerer Theater jenseits der Metropolenräume. Die 31 Theater, die 2015, 2017 und 2019 mit dem Theaterpreis des Bundes…

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Four ITI fellows of the Atelier Düsseldorf/ Theater der Welt

Online-Interview with Milena Gehrt, Moutaz Abdulrahman, Valia Katsi and Nada Abdel Wahab

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Atelier Livestream

Every day, the panels of the Atelier will be livestreamed on youtube as well as iti-germany.de and thefestivalacademy.eu.

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40 years of THEATER DER WELT

What remains when a festival is over? The Media Library for Dance and Theatre is openagain and with it the exhibition WELTRAUM with its DIGITAL…


Call for applications Forum Theaterübersetzung

Translation workshop of new drama into German.


Festival »Theater der Welt« Düsseldorf hands over to Frankfurt/Offenbach

»Theater der Welt 2023« is curated by Chiaki Soma and Kyoko Iwaki of Arts Commons Tokyo.

#dialograumtheater - Symposiumsprogramm ist online

Das Programm zum Symposium #dialograumtheater ist online.


Award ceremony of the Federal Theatre Prize 2021

The symposium #dialograumtheater and the award ceremony of the Theaterpreis des Bundes 2021 took place on 08.07.2021 in the presence of the Minister…


Job offer: student assistant

The International Theatre Institute Germany in Berlin / Mediathek für Tanz und Theater (ITI / MTT) is looking for a student assistant (m/f/d) in the…


Kick-Off Workshop Interlinking Media Libraries

Save the Date! Public Kick-Off of the DFG funded project on Ovotber 7th 2021


Job offer extended: student assistant

The International Theatre Institute Germany in Berlin / Mediathek für Tanz und Theater (ITI / MTT) is looking for a student assistant (m/f/d) in the…


Workshop "tanz digital"

The Workshop "tanz digital - Technologies, methods, artistic strategies"! takes place from January 14-17th, 2022.


ITI Academy - Kick Off Weekend

On December 3 and 4, 2021, the Kick Off weekend of the ITI Academy will take place at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin.


23rd Workshop "Translating Theater"

The International Theatre Institute again invites translators:inside of German-language drama to a workshop in the period from May 20 - 29, 2022.


Save the date: Round Table Berlin Theatre Archives

The Round Table Berlin Theater Archives invites you to an online event on the topic "Theater collection mission and collection Strategy in german…

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Jobs at the Festival Theater der Welt 2023

The Festival Theater der Welt 2023 is looking for a responsible person for the administration of third-party funds and a person for marketing / public…

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Database for translators

The International Theatre Institute (ITI Center Germany) is working together with an editorial team of translators and authors on the development and…

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Kick Off Event of ITI Academy: Now digital

Due to the current situation, the Kick Off of the ITI Academy will now take place as a purely digital event.

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Moving Margins Symposium

On December 19th the virtual symposium "Moving Margins. Dance archives in practice through distance and abscence" will take place.


Extended: WELTRAUM exhibition open until the end of February

You can visit the exhibition WELTRAUM at the ITI office in Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin) until February 28, 2022.


Monthly Meet-Up: Internationalisation

The next Monthly Meet-Up of Touring Artists will be the starting point for a series of workshops in 2022 that will address different aspects of…

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New Publication: the ITI Journal

The ITI Journal features national and international authors from academia and artistic practice who report on the performing arts in a transnational…

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New Website: Studio2

STUDIO2 has a new website and on top of that also a new residency programme.

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Open Call: STUDIO2 Residency Programme

In 2022, STUDIO2, the work and research space of the ITI Germany in the centre of Berlin, will offer for the first time a residency programme for…

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Blog mv:dk published

The mv:dk blog on the DFG project "Digitally networking performing arts media libraries" has now been published.

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23rd International Workshop Translating Theatre

The participants of the 23rd International Workshop "Translating Theatre" have been selected.


ITI Annual Meeting at Burning Issues x Theatertreffen 2022

On May 7 and 8, the ITI Annual Meeting will be held under the title "Performing Arts & Equity."


Monthly Meet-Up: What's the deal with Verwertungsgesellschaften?

The next meeting of touring artists will be held on Feb. 21, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.


Launch: theateruebersetzen

The new information portal of the German Centre of ITI will be launched on March 3 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

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Pantomime Eberhard Kube verstorben

Am 22. Februar ist der Pantomime Eberhard Kube im Alter von 85 Jahren verstorben.

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Declaration of Solidarity with the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków

Theater directors and cultural workers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland show solidarity with the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków and its…

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Save the date: Digital opening of the workshop 'tanz digital'

11 April 2022, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The workshop 'tanz digital: technologies, methods, artistic strategies' begins with a public kick-off on April 11,…


Save the date: Workshop on withholding tax and VAT for digital events

14 April 2022, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The digital workshop by Touring Artists on withholding tax and VAT for digital events takes places on April 14, 2022.

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Letter of support to the Performing Arts community in Ukraine

ITI stands for the consolidation of peace, understanding and friendship between peoples. In a letter jointly initiated by Israel and Germany via the…


Save the Date: Internationalization II - Administrative Challenges

Monday, March 21st from 5-6:30 pm

The next Monthly Meet-Up of Touring Artists is the 2nd part of a series of workshops that will deal with different…

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New website: theaterübersetzen

The new platform was presented at an online event on 03/03/2022.

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ITI Statement for Peace and a constructive dialogue

The General Secretariat of the ITI has published a statement on the situation in Ukraine.


Save the date: DIALOGRAUM starts on March 23rd!

Wednesday, March 23rd from 4-5:30pm

With DIALOGRAUM, the team of theateruebersetzen.de offers an online exchange format once a month for all…

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The ITI Germany Prize 2022 is awarded to Monika Gintersdorfer

Based on a selection decision made by the members of ITI Germany theatre director Monika Gintersdorfer receives the ITI Germany Prize 2022.

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World Theatre Day 2022: #WorldTheatreDay2022

For many countries in Europe, World Theater Day 2022, which celebrates the theater arts and their unifying power, is marked by the war in Ukraine.


Wanderausstellung zum Theaterpreis des Bundes: Eröffnung und nächste Stationen

Die Austellung zum Theaterpreis des Bundes „Dialog und Auseinandersetzung, Umgestaltung und Stärkung – Theaterarbeit jenseits der Metropolen“ eröffnet…


German Theatre and Orchestra Association and ITI launch online platform

„StayOnStage - Support in the Performing Arts” lists work and performance opportunities for Performing Arts professionals in exile.

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Ausschreibung: Theater der Welt 2026

Ab sofort sind Bewerbungen um die Ausrichtung von THEATER DER WELT 2026 möglich.

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Apply now: Open Call ITI Academy

From now until the 10th of June it is possible to apply for the one-year programme of the ITI Academy.


Save the date : DIALOGRAUM #3

Wednesday, May 11th from 4 pm - 5:30 pm CEST

The third DIALOGRAUM will take place on Wednesday 11 May from 16:00 to 17:30 CEST via Zoom.

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International Dance Day 2022 Message

The 29th of April 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the International Dance Day. This year's message comes from Kang Sue-jin, dancer and artistic…


Save the date: Working outside of Berlin

Monday, May 16th from 5-7 pm

The next Monthly Meet-Up of touring artists will take place on 16.05 in the Mediathek of the International Theatre…

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Become a member: New reduced fee for students

The annual membership fee for students is 30 € as of now.


Kick-off of the 23rd "Translating Theatre" Workshop

The international workshop "Translating Theatre" opened this week in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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Praktikum: ITI Academy

Zum 01.08.2022 sucht die Geschäftsstelle des ITI eine:n Praktikant:in (m/w/d) für die ITI Academy.


Save the date: WERKRAUM

Freitag, 10. Juni + Samstag, 11. Juni 2022, jeweils 15-18 Uhr MESZ

Im Fokus der Reihe WERKRAUM steht die Vertiefung einzelner Fragen aus der Praxis…


VR installation by Yui Kawaguchi at the Media Library

Until the 30th of June, visitors can see the VR installations Be thou still with me and SHIROKAGE in the Media Library for Dance and Theater.


Save the date: DIALOGRAUM #4

Mittwoch, den 08. Juni von 16.00 bis 17.30 Uhr MESZ

Der vierte DIALOGRAUM findet am Mittwoch, den 08. Juni von 16.00 bis 17.30 Uhr MESZ über Zoom…

Apply now: STUDIO2 Autumn Residency

Applications are now open for the Autumn Residency of STUDIO2, the ITI's work & research space.


Save the date: Leseraum #1

Ab Juli 2022 startet neben DIALOG- und WERKRAUM noch ein Leseformat für interessierte Übersetzer:innen und Theatermacher:innen.

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Award Ceremony for Monika Gintersdorfer

On Saturday, 25 June, the award ceremony of the ITI Germany Prize took place at FFT Düsseldorf.


The ITI Germany Prize 2023 is awarded to Flinn Works

Based on a selection decision made by the members of ITI Flinn Works the International Theatre Institute Prize of the German Centre 2023.

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STUDIO2: Summer residency goes to Elena Rose Light

Sunday, July 17, marks the start of STUDIO2's summer residency with the very first residency artist: Elena Rose Light.

Leseraum #2 7. September 2022 16.00 -17.30 Uhr MEZ/MESZ. Die Katze Eleonore und Bookpink von Caren Jeß


Save the Date: LESERAUM #2

7. September 2022, 16.00 -17.30 Uhr MEZ/MESZ

Der nächste LESERAUM findet in September statt.

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Final Workshop Summer Residency: Trans Practices for Trans Pride

July 30, 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 CET/CEST

Elena Rose Light, will offer a public workshop on Saturday as the culmination of the residency.


Jetzt im ITI: Wanderausstellung zum Theaterpreis des Bundes

03. - 31. August 2022

Von April bis Juli tourte das aufklappbare Box-Format durch elf der zuletzt ausgezeichneten Theater, nun kommt es nach Berlin.

Save the date: Branchentreff Theater Übersetzen

25. September 2022, 10.00 -17.00 Uhr MEZ/MESZ

Im Rahmen des Projekts theateruebersetzen.de soll im September der BRANCHENTREFF THEATER ÜBERSETZEN am…


Save the date: Monthly Meet-Up / KSK

Tuesday, September 27th from 5pm in the Media Library of the International Theatre Institute


Branchentreff Theater Übersetzen: das Programm ist online!

25. September 2022, 10.00 -17.00 Uhr MEZ/MESZ

Im Rahmen des Projekts theateruebersetzen.de soll im September der BRANCHENTREFF THEATER ÜBERSETZEN am…


Ersatztermin: LESERAUM #3

Der Ersatztermin für den am 05. Oktober ausgefallenen LESERAUM steht: 02. November!


Save the date / Monthly Meet-Up: Producing for the Independent Arts

Monday, October 24th from 5pm in the Media Library of the International Theatre Institute


STUDIO2: Laura Sophie Faiß starts Autumn Residency

Freelance choreographer Laura Sophie Faiß begins her two-week autumn residency at STUDIO2 on 23 October.


STUDIO2: Autumn Residency Showing

04 November 2022, 7.00 p.m., STUDIO2

The artistic research residency will culminate in a showing at STUDIO2 on Friday, 4 November.


Apply now: Open Call tanz:digital Workshop

Application deadline: 30 November 2022

The workshop tanz:digital - Process, Dynamics, Discourse invites to an exchange of experiences on the artistic…

[Translate to Englisch:] WERKRAUM: ÜBERTITEL – WAS BRAUCHT ES? 30.11.2022 13.00 bis 16.00 Uhr (online)  Dr. Yvonne Griesel (SPRACHSPIEL)


Werkraum: Surtitles - what does it take?

On 11/30/2022 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, the next Werkraum will be held through Zoom.


Monthly Meet-Up: rehearsal and work spaces in Berlin

The next MONTHLY MEET-UP will be held on Tuesday, October 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

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Internship: Workshop tanz:digital

The ITI office is looking for an intern to support the workshop tanz:digital from January 05, 2023.


Save the date: LESERAUM #4

The next LESERAUM will take place on 7.12 from 16.00 - 17.30 CET via Zoom.

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Monthly Meet-Up: event locations in Berlin

The next MONTHLY MEET-UP will be held on Monday, December 5th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

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Save the date: Werkraum on 20.01+21.01

The next WERKRAUM will be held online on January 20 and 21, 2023, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. CET.

Call for applications

Open call: 24th international Workshop Mülheim

The ITI invites translators of German-language drama to Mülheim.


Monthly Meet-Up: Political Representation

The next MONTHLY MEET-UP will be held on Monday, January 23rd, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

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Save the date: LESERAUM

The next editions of LESERAUM will take place on 01.02, 01.03 and 5.04 from 16.00 - 17.30 CET via Zoom.


Workshop tanz:digital: Opening

05 February 2023, 4.00 p.m., online

The start of the workshop tanz:digtial - Process, Dynamics, Discourse is open to the public.


DIALOGRAUM: On the visibility of other linguistic and cultural spaces.

The next three editions of DIALOGRAUM will take place on 08.02, 09.03 and 12.04 from 16.00 - 17.30 CET via Zoom.

[Translate to Englisch:] Foto einer übersetzungswerkstatt. Man sieht den Rücken einer Übersetzerin, ihr Laptop steht offen, sie liest das Stück "Atlas" von Thomas Köck

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Open Call: Forum Theaterübersetzung

The Residenztheater Munich and the International Theatre Institute are looking for a (junior) translator:in for drama from English, French and…