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Körber Studio Junge Regie: Background

The festival

Hamburg has acted as an annual venue for the next generation of theatre directors since 2003. Over time, Körber Studio Junge Regie theatre festival has developed into the ‘most renowned of its kind’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and many people who are now highly successful directors showed their first productions at the festival.
The festival invites students and lecturers from theatre directing courses at German-language universities to Thalia’s venue in Hamburg’s Gaußstraße. Up to 13 productions are shown over a period of five days. The student-performances are usually end-of-course projects that the participating universities have selected as outstanding. At the end of the festival, a jury made up of five theatre professionals chooses the production that they consider the best one. The winner receives a EUR 10,000 award from the Körber Foundation to support the costs of their next production at a municipal, state or independent theatre. An honorary audience prize is also awarded at the festival.
The festival is a joint project run by Thalia Theater, the Körber Foundation and Theaterakademie Hamburg, and it takes place under the auspices of the Deutsche Bühnenverein.

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Our goals

How do young directors experience and observe our present and how do they find a way to convey their view to the public via their productions?
The idea behind the festival is to publically display and discuss the different approaches employed by young theatre directors towards historical, political and current social issues and the way in which they implement these approaches. Therefore, directors participating in the festival also need to be prepared for self-reflection and to conduct critical analyses of their own work.
The festival aims to accompany young artists on their path from university to professional life. As such, it acts as a forum for the next generation of theatre directors and provides a space where they can showcase their work. Moreover, the festival offers new directors the opportunity to discuss their ideas with one another and with teachers and students from participating universities.
The participants’ and the audience’s desire to share their experiences and to take part in discussions make every Körber Studio Junge Regie an intense experience. It is precisely this aspect that attracts students, teachers and theatre professionals from throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland to Hamburg every year.

International contacts

Openness to international contacts is vital to the festival. With this in mind, a guest university is invited from another European country to Hamburg, which presents a student-production at the festival. The international university takes part out of completion but it is eligible for the audience award. Past guest universities have included Theatre School Amsterdam; the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance, Copenhagen; the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art, Warsaw; École Supérieure d'Art dramatique du Théâtre National, Strasbourg; Norwegian Theatre Academy Fredrikstad; ArtEZ, Arnhem (NL), and Uniarts Helsinki Theatre Academy (TeaK).

Discussion rounds

Public discussions, which are moderated by students from Theatre Academy Hamburg, take place with the audience after the productions have finished. Students and lecturers spend the mornings discussing the plays that they watched the night before. This provides the next generation with a forum to share their experiences and the opportunity to encounter different ways of working, various styles and new ideas.

Focus education: workshop

Discussing each other’s experiences and meeting other people is a crucial aspect of the Körber Studio Junge Regie festival. Together with the participating universities, a theme is chosen as the focus of each festival. The festival then invites students to participate in a workshop that reflects this theme and which is held by a renowned artist. The workshop offers particularly profound support and encourages the development of sustainable contacts and networks.

Previous festivals

  • “Irgendwas für irgendwen an irgendeinem Tag im Juni” author and director: Arthur Romanowski, Gießen    
  • “Nerve Collection” author and director: Caroline Creutzburg, Gießen    
  • “Die Unerhörte” director: Anna-Elisabeth Frick, Ludwigsburg    
  • Discussion rounds    
  • 2015: “Stop being Poor”, played and directed by: Anders Firing Aardal, Matias Askvik, David Jensen, Marthe Sofie Løkeland Eide, Ylva Owren und Heiki Eero Riipinen, Norwegische Theaterakademie Fredrikstad.    
  • 2014: “Steppengesänge” played and directed by: Adele Dittrich Frydetzki, Kristina Dreit, Marten Flegel und Anna Froelicher, Hildesheim    
  • 2013: “Der souveräne Mensch. Warum Juwelen glänzen und Kieselsteine grau sind” played and directed by: Arnita Jaunsubrena, Lea Schneidermann und Kim Willems, Gießen    
  • Photos: Körber-Stiftung/Krafft Angerer

    Festival directors

    Karin Becker (Thalia Theatre Hamburg), Sabina Dhein, Dr Barbara Müller-Wesemann (Theatre Academy Hamburg), Stephanie Lubbe (Körber Foundation).


    The festival is a joint project run by Thalia Theater, the Körber Foundation and Theaterakademie Hamburg, and it takes place under the auspices of the Deutsche Bühnenverein.

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