The International Theatre Institute (ITI) and the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus jointly appointed Stefan Schmidtke as programme director of Theater der Welt 2020 in Duesseldorf.
As of October this year Stefan Schmidtke starts preparations for the festival taking place May 14th to 21st 2020, organised by the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus.
Schmidtke is no stranger to the city: From 2011 to 2014, he was head dramaturge at the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus.
Theater der Welt was founded in 1981 after the success of THEATRE OF NATIONS, the festival of the worldwide ITI, in Hamburg (1979) by the German centre of the International Theatre Institute as a biennial festival. Theater der Welt became triennial in 1993. Each festival edition takes place in a different city in Germany and with a different artistic director.
Previous festivals took place in Cologne (1981), Frankfurt am Main (1985), Stuttgart (1987), Hamburg (1989), Essen (1991), Munich (1983), Dresden (1996), Berlin (1999), Cologne/Bonn/Düsseldorf/Duisburg (2002), Stuttgart (2005), Halle (2008), Mülheim and Essen (2010), Mannheim (2014), Hamburg (2017).
The next Theater der Welt festival is scheduled for 2020 in Duesseldorf, May 14-31.
Festival Directors: Wilfried Schulz, Stefan Schmidtke (Programme Director)
Theater der Welt 2020 in Düsseldorf
Ein Festival des ITI
c/o Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Symbolic passing of the relay baton from Hamburg 2017 (Joachim Lux) to Düsseldorf 2020 (Wilfried Schulz).