At Schaubude Berlin, figures and objects stand on stage as the main actors. In guest performances from Germany and abroad, in co-productions, special series and festivals, the theatre shows how 'things' look at the world.
Schaubude Berlin mit Ausstellung WEAK TRANSMISSION von Tim Spooner, 2020
Our children's and evening programmes that change weekly invite you to discover the range of contemporary puppet and object theatre. We are particularly interested in the border areas of the genre. That is why there are not only puppeteers on our stage, but also artists from the fields of performance, visual arts, dance and music.
We see our house as a space of opportunity. We would like to offer both young artists and established freelance theatre makers good conditions and a productive exchange.
In our co-productions, series and other projects we support production communities and set impulses in the Berlin theatre scene. Since 2016 we have been working on digital transformation in various formats.
Every year in autumn we organise the international festival for contemporary puppetry and object theatre Theater der Dinge (Theatre of Things) – a source of inspiration for current developments in the genre. The topic of this year's edition is: "The World Without Us".
We understand the performing arts as a dialogue between stage happenings and audience. That is why we are committed to providing theatre education and discursive formats to convey artistic processes.
As a necessary basis for the further development of figure and object theatre, we promote aesthetic research without production pressure in the annual Schaubude Residency.
We are in close contact with institutions, associations and educational bodies of international puppetry and object theatre and related fields.
In 2019, Schaubude Berlin and its artistic director, Tim Sandweg, received the ASSITEJ Organiser Award for outstanding commitment to children and youth theatre.
In 2017 the artistic work of Schaubude Berlin was awarded the Federal Theatre Prize. In the explanatory statement it reads:
“With its diverse co-operations, festivals, promotions of young talent, its offers for all age groups, its genre crossings and its determined search and research movements into digital worlds, this small house is one of Berlin's creative engines.”
The building at Greifswalder Strasse 81-84 was constructed as a Karstadt department shop in 1929 according to the plans of the Charlottenburg architect Ernst Schneckenberg and is now a listed building. In 1949, “Filmbühne Atlas” was located here. In 1972, the state-run “Puppentheater Berlin,” the largest ensemble puppet theatre in the German-speaking countries at the time, moved in. It was wound up in 1991.
In 1993 the newly founded, Senate-funded Schaubude Berlin finally moved into the premises. The early years of the theatre were shaped by Gerd Taube, under whose direction the independent Berlin figure and puppet theatre scene found an artistic home and a regular evening programme for adults was established.
Silvia Brendenal, who ran the house between 1997 and 2015, opened up the Schaubude artistically to the visual imagery of the “théatre d'objets” (theatre of objects). She founded numerous festivals, including “Theater der Dinge” (Theatre of Things) or the first figure and object theatre festival for the very young, “Unter dem Tisch.”
From 2015 Tim Sandweg continued the tradition of the festival “Theater der Dinge” as artistic director. The first edition for which he was responsible, “Digital is better” (2016), was the prelude to a further opening of the programme towards digitality, robotics and hybrid forms between the performing and visual arts.
In the project "New Communities" we are jointly exploring spaces of possibility for digitally supported dramaturgies as well as new delocal and interactive forms of collaboration. The core of the project is the processual and playful development of …
Here is a PDF download of the statement by the children's and youth theatres addressed to Berlin's politicians, of which we are signatories. It describes what is needed so that the city's children's and youth theatres can continue to operate in …
With enthusiasm for contemporary puppet and object theatre, the Freundeskreis (Circle of Friends) provides financial support and solidarity for the work of Schaubude Berlin and its Friends' association. It enables cultural education activities for …