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Theatre Prize of the Federal Government 2019

Theatre Prize of the Federal Government 2017 | Photo: Sabina Sabovic

Minister for Culture Grütters praises the Federal Theatre Prize 2019: Diverse theatre landscape must be strengthened

The Minister for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, has awarded the Federal Theatre Prize for the third time. The prize honours outstanding achievements by small and medium-sized theatres - especially beyond the metropolises.

The Minister for Culture declared: "Our theatres are the pillars of our culture in Germany. They are important places of cultural education and social life, supported by local authorities and occasionally by the Länder. They are places of controversial debates that never merely represent society, but always help to shape it. It is precisely the small and medium-sized theatres beyond the big cities that, with a great deal of passion and commitment, ensure that there is a dense network of theatrical offerings at a high professional level throughout Germany. With the Federal Theatre Prize, I not only want to honour remarkable artistic achievements, but also give the theatres as a whole the attention and appreciation they deserve and encourage the artists and ensembles to continue on their path undeterred."

The Federal Theatre Prize honours special achievements both in the artistic programme and in the overall cultural programme of the theatres and venues. Small and medium-sized theatres and houses of the liberal performing arts are eligible to apply. For the first time, the competition is also open to theatres that do not have a permanent ensemble.

The German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) is responsible for the application and jury procedures, the award ceremony and an accompanying symposium.

Here you will find the official announcement of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media:

Announcement of the Federal Theatre Prize 2019

You can find the application form here:

Application form Federal Theatre Prize 2019

You can view important questions and answers here:

 PDF Q&A Federal Theatre Prize 2019

The application deadline is 15 February and the jury meeting is scheduled for the end of March.

The jury consists of:

Jörg Albrecht (Director Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature), Sophie Diesselhorst (Editor nachtkritik.de), Dorte Lena Eilers (Editor Theater der Zeit), Bettina Jahnke (Director Hans Otto Theater Potsdam), Ulrike Kolter (Editor Die Deutsche Bühne), Matthias Schulze-Kraft (Artistic Director Lichthof Theater Hamburg).

The award ceremony is scheduled for June 2019.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Michael Freundt

Dorothea Lautenschläger

Leonie Baker