Since 1972, the German Centre ITI and the Goethe-Institute have been running an internship programme for young theatre practitioners (normally not older than 40 years) from abroad.
The programme applies to directors, dramaturges, set designers, choreographers, or assistants in these areas of theatre (including theatres for young audiences and music theatre), not to critics, students, or theatre scholars.
The interns are placed with theatres in Germany where they will learn about the planning and rehearsal process of at least one production. They will also be given the opportunity to see performances at other theatres in Germany. The internship lasts up to three months, a monthly stipend to cover housing and living expenses is provided as well as accident and health insurance.
Application requirements / where to apply:
Good command of the German language is an essential prerequisite (exception: dance interns), since the intern should be able to follow the rehearsal process and communicate effectively with his/her German colleagues. It is desirable that the programme participants return to their native countries as multipliers of the knowledge and experience gained in their respective field and also, that they submit a report (in German) at the end of their internship evaluating the experiences made and the knowledge gained at the host theatre.
Detailed information and application forms may be requested from the German ITI centre or the Goethe Institute, either the local branch or the central in Munich, Germany.
The decision-making process is in close coordination between Goethe Institute and ITI, the latter being responsible for sending the official (visa)invitation and arranging the internship in accordance with the applicant's profile and, if possible, preferences.
Detailed information and application forms (PDF):