Aug 082018

Theatre for young audiences (TYA) needs professionals and ASSITEJ Germany is proud to host DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange. This exchange, known globally as the “International Directors’ Seminar”, addresses directors as independent artists in the field of TYA. 

ASSITEJ Germany invites every ASSITEJ center in the world to nominate one director for the participation in the exchange. ASSITEJ Germany will then select 20 participants from all over the world and 5 participants from German speaking countries.

In 2019 DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange will take place from June 2-9 at Theater STRAHL Berlin (

It was a revolutionary moment when the Berlin Wall between East and West came down in 1989 after the people of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had demonstrated peacefully against a regime that suppressed its people and denied them basic human rights. This moment – 30 years ago – will be the starting point for an exchange about “WALLS”.

Walls exist everywhere in the world. They create barriers, they are meant to keep people out or in. Walls, fences and trenches create borders and they stand symbolically for what some people believe is right – those who have the power to build them.
Walls exist also in our minds and in our hearts. They can be helpful and give structure, organize and distinguish thoughts, ideas and emotions. These walls do both: They separate and connect individuals and groups of people.
Walls and borders stimulate curiosity: What’s beyond this wall? What will I discover? Will I be able to return? Would it be better to cross it or to stay where I am?
These questions are children’s questions and – at the same time – artistic questions. What choices do we have? Which walls are ours to cross and which limits do we challenge?

ASSITEJ Germany will welcome all participants to bring their ideas and experience and enter into an exchange on how walls inspire them as a topic or a reality in their TYA practice. The participants will work in small groups which will allow for a multitude of ideas and perspectives as well as directing approaches to be developed and tested by a diverse group of participants.
Theatre performances by the host theatre and other companies in Berlin as well as leisure activities will complete the week’s schedule.

DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange wishes to address directors of children’s and young people’s theatre who have recently given new impulses and set new standards. The working language of the seminar is English.

ASSITEJ Germany and Theater STRAHL will bear the costs for accommodation, catering, theatre tickets and leisure activities for all participants.

Every ASSITEJ-Center is invited to nominate one director from their respective country to take part in DIRECTORS IN TYA – An International Exchange.

Please send in your application with a current concise curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation by e-mail to ASSITEJ Austria ( until the 7th of September 2018. Applicants should be Austrian citizens and/or be mainly based and working in Austria. One applicant will be chosen as a nominee by the board members of ASSITEJ Austria.