Festival of International New Drama 2016
7 to 17 April

This spring, theatre-makers from all over the world were coming together at the Schaubühne for the Festival International New Drama (FIND). Now more than ever, to be confronted in the theatre with their work and the realities of their lives sends an important signal: in a time when things which separate us have superseded the things we have in common, powerful social and political tensions are becoming apparent in western societies, the haves and have nots are drifting even further apart, the impact of global wars and crises and the refugee movements they cause are increasingly being felt in Europe, and borders are being closed and populist right-wing movements gaining power on our own doorsteps, during FIND the theatre should be a place for exchange and dialogue across national borders.

For the sixth time now, the festival was accompanied by FIND plus, the workshop programme for international theatre students led by renowned theatre-makers from the international scene. This year’s special guest country was Turkey.

> PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
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Festival of International New Drama 2015

10 days, 11 countries, 11 directors: With the 15th Festival of International New Drama from 17 to 26 April the Schaubühne presented new productions and texts by dramatists from around the world. The festival has repeatedly reinvented itself to achieve its goal of presenting our audience with first-time experiences of new productions, texts and performances by internationally renowned theatre makers. In 2015, we were showing new theatre from Argentina, Belgium, Chile, France/Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Spain, Switzerland and the USA as well as a world premiere from the Schaubühne itself. The invited productions assessed the current political and social state of the world via the means of theatre. They focus upon the American middle-class, jihadism, the plight of refugees, the dubious practices of Western intelligence agencies, the overthrow of dictatorships and questions about alternative possibilities of participation in political decision making. They used the stage to gauge the relationship of the individual to world affairs and investigate how history can suddenly burst into private lives.

With a total of 31 shows, more than 5,500 spectators and a ticket sales average of 83% , F.I.N.D. 2015 has been one of the most successful festivals in its 15-year history.

Here you can find an overview of the F.I.N.D. programme:
> Programm F.I.N.D. 2015

Festival of International New Drama 2014

With the 14th Festival of International New Dramafrom 3 to 13 April the Schaubühne presented eleven days of new productions and texts by dramatists from around the world. F.I.N.D. #14 focused on the interface between private life, art and political responsibility. The invited artists posed questions about the extent of political responsibility in their art and whether it has the power to change anything. A special focus lied on the Spanish-speaking countries, where current social movements and conflicts mean that the meeting of the political and the private is especially visible – both in real life and on stage.

With a total of 32 shows, more than 7,800 spectators and a ticket sales average of 83% , F.I.N.D. 2014 has been the most successful festival in its 14-year history.

Here you can find an overview of the F.I.N.D. programme:
> Programme F.I.N.D. 2014

Festival of International New Drama 2013

From 16 to 24 March 2013, the Schaubühne’s Festival of International New Drama (F.I.N.D.), already in its 13th edition, presented new productions and texts by theatre makers and their ensembles from across Europe. For nine days, F.I.N.D. gave voice to directors, actors and playwrights from Italy, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Russia and Germany and created a space for exchanges, experiences and joint reflections across national borders, language barriers and cultural boundaries. The festival set out to show that – in spite of all the crises – exciting theatre frequently occurs in Europe especially in places hardest hit by economical and political constraints.

With a total of 28 shows, more than 5700 spectators and a ticket sales average of 94%, F.I.N.D. 2013 has been the most successful festival in its 13-year history.

The festival programme as pdf can be found here.
> PROgramme FIND 2013

Festival of International New Drama 2012

In 2012 international theatre directors and their ensembles again showed their productions during the ten days of the festival. F.I.N.D. 2012 thereby follows the reorientation from 2011 in presenting guest productions by established directors from Europe, alongside young playwriters. The main focus of this year’s Festival of International New Drama was on adaptations, new versions and reworkings of classical plays:

Thomas Ostermeier’s Moscow produc-tion of »Фрекен Жюли« | »Miss Julie« by August Strindberg, in an adaptation by Mikhail Durnenkov, the Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production »African Tales after Shakespeare« with texts by J. M. Coetzee, Wajdi Mouawad and other authors, Ivo van Hove from the Netherlands re-created John Cassavetes’ film »Husbands« for the stage and Mikaël Serre from France combined Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 1973 silent monologue »Request Concert« with the political essay »The Coming Insurrection« by The Invisible Committee. The writers’ project »Hotel Bogota« presented new short plays from Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Sweden – especially written for and premiered at Hotel Bogota on Kurfürstendamm. Two new monologues from Great Britain and Iceland were shown: »Bunny« by Jack Thorne and »The Deep« by Jón Atli Jónasson. Performances by BLITZ from Greece and SandS through the hourglass from Australia completed the Festival programme.

In 2012, acting, directing and dramaturgy students participated in the second theatre students’ workshop »F.I.N.D. plus«. During the ten-day workshop, students from France, Palestine, Poland and Germany took part in practical master classes, met the artists of the Festival in workshops and discussions and introduced their work to the public in a workshop presentation at the end of the Festival.

With a total of 33 shows, more than 5500 spectators and a ticket sales average of 85%, F.I.N.D. 2012 has been the most successful festival in its 12-year history.

Here you can download the programme of 2012:
> FIND2012.pdf

Festival of International New Drama 2011

In March 2011, in the 11th year since its inception, the Festival of International New Drama reinvented itself as a large festival with visiting productions by playwright-directors from all over the world under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. Over the course of ten days, some of the most important theatre directors and authors from Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Canada, Israel and Palestine presented their work at the Schaubühne.

World premieres by Wajdi Mouawad, Rodrigo Garcia and Friederike Heller, visiting productions by Alvis Hermanis, Yael Ronen, Jean-François Sivadier and Cilla Back, workshop presentations by Ofira Henig and Yael Ronen as well as a writer’s project with new short plays by playwrights from Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Estonia and Serbia were shown.

For the first time in its history, F.I.N.D. was complemented by an international symposium for more than 60 directing, acting and dramaturgy students from Berlin, Moscow, Rennes, Bordeaux and Strasbourg: F.I.N.D. plus. The students attended the festival performances, met with directors and artistic teams to discuss the productions they had seen and participated in a series of applied workshops directed by renowned theatre practitioners. Three of the students’ own productions from Moscow, Bordeaux and Berlin were presented in the festival. F.I.N.D. plus succeeded in creating a platform for artistic encounters, exchange and dialogue - between upcoming international artists, renowned theatre practitioners and the Berlin audience.

Here you can download our festival programme for F.I.N.D. 2011:
> FIND2011.pdf