East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Open Call: Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 2020 by Berliner Festspiele


Deadline: 17 November 2019



Under the heading “Against Separation”, Stückemarkt is looking for works from all parts of the world that explore the concept of solidarity from a perspective of art and aesthetics. What could our drafts for an open, equitable coexistence look like? How can they be expanded into the future? What exactly is an act of solidarity? What would a society where solidarity no longer exists look like? What happens when individuals no longer believe in the big picture, when the private has replaced the public sphere? And: Who owes what to whom exactly? 


Commission of Work

One of the invited artists or groups will be awarded a commission of work, funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/ bpb). The commission entails 10,000 Euro for the realisation of a new production at a partner theatre in Germany. The partner theatre for the implementation of the 2020 commission of work is Schauspiel Dortmund under its artistic director Julia Wissert, who will take over the theatre from the 2020/21 season. The focus of this new start will be on diversified structures and the advancement of narratives that will open up towards the urban society and encourage a lively and sustainable exchange of ideas.


An invitation to Stückemarkt includes:

  • presentation of the selected artistic work (play or project) in its specific form (as a staged reading, site-specific installation, guest performance or similar). Projects will be presented as guest performances, plays will be produced as staged readings by a team of renowned artists, assembled by the Stückemarkt team
  • presentation of the selected artists in the form of artist talks
  • exchange and networking with theatre makers, artists, playwrights, curators, critics and editors
  • attendance at Stückemarkt-presentations
  • participation in Stückemarkt-events (workshops, artist talks, networking events and more)
  • opportunities to see the productions invited to Theatertreffen and participation in additional Theatertreffen-events
  • cover of travel expenses
  • travel by public transport within Berlin
  • hotel accommodation including breakfast


Deadline for applications: 17 November 2019

Jury decision: by Mid-February 2020

Theatertreffen will take place from 1 to 17 May 2020 


Conditions for Participation

  • theatre makers from all over the the world can apply; they should be at the beginning of their career
  • every theatre maker and every collective can only submit one work
  • the submitted work may not be older than 1.5 years at the time of the application
  • theatres, publishing houses and universities can also submit plays and projects
  • in order to take part in the entire Stückemarkt-programme, applicants should have good to very good English language skills, since the events will partly be conducted in English


Find out more at www.berlinerfestspiele.de