Since its foundation over 50 years ago the Schaubühne has always re-invented itself and presents contemporary theatre at its best. Notable directors and actors have contributed to its international renown. With Thomas Ostermeier, the artistic director since 1999, the Schaubühne was able to become an international place for modern straight theatre.
The association Freunde der Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz e.V. was founded in 2000 by 20 theatre enthusiasts who wanted to support the new tasks and projects – both ideally and financially. The small club has become a bigger association with more than 900 members (April 2017).
By being a member the friends show their solidarity with the theatre and are able to support projects that can’t be funded by public subsidies alone. In the past the members supported the FIND festival and have co-financed the trainee in drama education for several seasons.
The association also funds the production of video trailers. Since season 2014/15 members have donated for the new Globe theatre in hall C and are currently donating for the new image campaign.
A survey about our supported projects can be found here.
Friends meet artists. With more than 120 events the members have learnt more about the Schaubühne and its producers. We meet actors and actresses for artist talks and we are informed by directors and dramatic advisors about a new staging. As a member of the association you are invited to guided tours behind the scenes and meet technicians, costume designers, make-up artists etc.
Friends party as well. At the beginning of each season friends meet for a Sunday brunch at the café. The managing directors as well as the artistic director share exclusive insight into their new productions with the members. At the beginning of each year the director invites us to a special evening.
Friends abroad! There is no other German speaking theatre that is so often invited home and abroad than the Schaubühne. Once a year the association offers to travel with the theatre ensemble to a guest performance in a foreign country. A sophisticated cultural programme is part of the journey.
Curious? You can find an overview of past and current events here.
Help us support the theatre and become a member. All details can be found here.
Board of directors
Vincent Steinl, chairman
Maren Vergiels, vice chairwoman
Dr. Jan Bonhage, treasurer
Dr. Elmar Engels, secretary to the board
Stefanie Eisenschenk, board member
Paul Homrighausen, board member
Dr. Friedrich Barner, managing director Schaubühne, board member
Maren Kumpe, Geschäftsstelle
Board of trustees
Prof. Niko Härting, chairman
Dr. Christel Schmitz-Wirsig
Freunde der Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz e.V.
Registered at Amtsgericht Charlottenburg, VR 19829 B