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Apply now: Berlin Summer University of the Arts

For the first time the Goethe-Institut and Berlin Summer University of the Arts based at the Berlin Career College of the Berlin University of the Arts offer a joint summer course. Alumni of both institutions or of performing arts professionals - self managing artists, producers, administrators - with at least five years of work experience and a high level of English proficiency are invited to an international network meeting.

An opportunity rich in content for cultural managers to broaden their professional networks and receive inspiring input through expert trainings and discussions with Berlin theatre makers.


During the six day event participants will visit several Berlin theatres, see performances and meet producers and dramaturgs to discuss different subjects related to the specific artistic profiles of the theatres. They are given the opportunity to network internationally, as well as to deepen their knowledge and understanding of cultural management. In meetings with representatives of artist’s lobby groups they can reflect on working conditions in the performing arts and their own role as manager/artist.

The participants will also receive an intensive hands-on training in presentation and communication skills by the Swiss journalist and communications consultant Christine Loriol.

One-on-one coaching sessions with coach, acting teacher and theatre director Jessica Steinke can be booked as additional service to support participants in reflecting on their individual professional development. The coaching session (60 min) will cost 80 EUR. Please let us know if you would like to choose this opportunity as places are limited up to 10 persons.

As part of the schedule time will be allocated to work on individual projects.

Subjects of discussions are:

  • Gorki Theater: political theatre in intercultural and transcultural contexts
  • Theater an der Parkaue: young audiences and community projects
  • Studio and workshop visit at Theater Thikwa: diversity and inclusion
  • Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste at Künstlerhaus Bethanien: the role of national institutions, political advocacy, the artist as her/his own manager

Registration details:

You can apply for the course through the registration form offered on the website of the Berlin Summer Univesity. Participants will be selected until May 14th by a committee of Goethe-Institut and Summer University.

During the application, Alumni of the Goethe-Institut are kindly asked to mention the program offered by the Goethe-Institut in which they took part in the past. In some cases, the Goethe-Institut can offer proportionately fellowships.

For more information please visit the website of the Berlin Summer University

May 2018