Lively theatre that sets things in motion through curiosity and exploratory zeal – that’s the Hessian Theatre Marburg. Every season offers more than eleven new theatre productions at five venues, at least five Youth Theatre premieres for all age groups, and a comprehensive repertoire: from classical to contemporary theatre, and from comedies and musical productions to co-productions and guest performances. Co-operation between Hessian Theatre Marburg and HTA has been steadily developed since 2010. Graduation productions by Theatre Directing and Applied Theatre Studies students are thus included in the programme and HTA students are engaged for on-going productions or involved in the conceptual development of dramatic works. In the 2018/19 season, the Marburg theatre’s two artistic directors Eva Lange and Carola Unser are starting a new co-operation with the Stage Design programme at the Offenbach University of Art and Design in the Das Stück zur Zeit (play for our times) project. Furthermore, actors from the Hessian Theatre Marburg ensemble have regularly contributed to productions by HTA students.
The Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden has long been one of Germany’s most visited theatres. In some seasons, it was the only theatre in a city with a population of less than 300,000 to receive more than 300,000 guests. Artistic director Uwe Eric Laufenberg is taking up this tradition and making use of the full scope offered by a modern multi-disciplinary venue: more than fifty productions can be seen on the theatre’s four stages every season. There are also guest performances and special events such as scenic readings or discussion rounds with prominent guests. As all four stages can be used at the same time, some days see up to five performances taking place – sometimes including graduation productions, e. g. by Theatre Directing students from Hessian Theatre Academy.
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm opened in 1988 as one of the first independent production houses in Germany and is today recognised internationally as one of the most important of its kind. With a theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal stages and studios, artists’ accommodation and stage workshops, plus its links with the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and Frankfurt LAB, it offers outstanding production and performance facilities. The recurring exchanges with creative artists and collectives working in the contemporary independent sector in German-speaking, European and extra-European territories are at the heart of our programming and production work, which also includes Germany’s next generation of artists, particularly from the sphere of the Hessian Theatre Academy. Contemporary dance, choreography, performance and innovative forms of international theatre from beyond the German-speaking area are complemented with concerts, contemporary music and visual art projects, films, installations and interventions in the city and its metropolitan region.
Oper Frankfurt is one of Europe’s most important opera houses. Under the artistic direction of Bernd Loebe since 2002, it has been named Opera House of the Year by journals on many occasions. Oper Frankfurt’s diverse repertoire presents works from four centuries, staged by the leading directors of our time. Top-level casts ensure an above-average standard of vocal and dramatic performance.
Schauspiel Frankfurt is the largest spoken theatre in the Rhine-Main region and enjoys nationwide significance and acclaim. Artistic Director Anselm Weber and his deputy and chief dramatic adviser Marion Tiedtke took over the management of the house at the beginning of the 2017/18 season.
Spread over four venues – the Schauspielhaus, Kammerspiele, Box and Bockenheimer Depot – renowned directors such as Ulrich Rasche, Luk Perceval, Andreas Kriegenburg, Roger Vontobel, Jan-Christoph Gockel and David Bösch bring both classical and contemporary pieces by Lutz Hübner and Sarah Nemitz, Ewald Palmetshofer, Marius von Mayenburg or Konstantin Küspert to the stage. In addition to the large-scale cultural-education project All Our Futures, a three-year endeavour in which 180 young people are questioning and drafting models of co-existence, the offer for young people also includes the performances, workshops and discussions of the Junges Schauspiel Frankfurt initiative. As part of the Studio Year for Drama introduced in 2017 in co-operation with HTA, eight acting students from the HfMDK will complete their third year of training at Schauspiel Frankfurt.
Darmstadt State Theatre is a multi-disciplinary venue presenting music theatre, dance theatre, plays and concerts. Under the artistic direction of Karsten Wiegand, around 550 employees working on stage and behind the scenes fill the theatre’s programme with life. Up to 700 events take place each season, including around 30 premieres of in-house productions and more than thirty concerts as well as guest productions and performances by co-operation partners, including works coproduced with Hessian Theatre Academy.
With around 500 permanent employees, Kassel State Theatre understands itself as a modern theatre that is obligated to tradition and modernity in equal measure. The large annual offering comprises thirty new productions in the fields of music theatre, drama, dance theatre and children’s and youth theatre, as well as symphony, Sunday, chamber, family, student and special concerts. There is also a comprehensive theatre and concert education programme for children and young people.
Founded as a ‘monument of civil community spirit’, Giessen Municipal Theatre presents three branches of the arts in a theatre with a national reach. Its two stages offer a diverse repertoire of opera, musical and operetta, classical and contemporary theatre, and modern dance theatre. Additional focus points include a varied concert programme and numerous children’s and youth theatre productions for various age groups that can be seen all year round. The programme is enhanced by the juxtaposition of well-known and unknown works, excavations and new discoveries, major repertoire pieces and premieres, and by readings, discussion rounds and lots more besides. In addition to the main theatre, which has around 580 seats, there is also a second venue – the 99-seat taT studio stage at Berliner Platz. Graduation projects by students from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, from the Offenbach University of Art and Design and from the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies are regularly staged at Giessen Municipal Theatre. Furthermore, graduates of these universities often now work at the theatre as directors, stage and costume designers, choreographers, and light, sound and video designers.
Located at the centre of the Rhine-Main region, the Rüsselsheim Theatre is a guest-performance venue presenting national and international productions in a programme that includes youth theatre, jazz, stand-up and cabaret, musical and show, opera and operetta, concerts and classical music, drama and comedy, and ballet and dance. Particular attention is given to the area of youth theatre and the more than fourty events every year, and the Youth Ensemble at Rüsselsheim Theatre. The theatre is a partner and venue of the Starke Stücke (Strong Pieces) theatre festival and the theatre house sechzig90, an association of professional actors and directors. The Cinema Concetta Foundation’s Ruesselsheim Film Days festival, an annual showcase of satirical short films, has acquired national significance. Affiliation with the HTA includes a music theatre co-operation with the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.
The Baden State Theatre in Karlsruhe is one of the largest multi-disciplinary theatres with four permanent performance venues where regular opera, ballet and drama ensembles as well the Badische Staatskapelle orchestra perform. In 2011, the theatre’s General Artistic Director Peter Spuhler founded the Junges Staatstheater (a youth theatre programme) as a new section for people aged two to sixteen, and the Volkstheater (people’s theatre), which sees participative activities come together on all stages. The theatre also organises numerous festivals, including the Prémieres festival in rotation with Strasbourg. Other artistic priorities include the development of a contemporary theatre vocabulary, international networking (above all with neighbouring France) and the intercultural opening up of the centre. Alongside Mainz and Heidelberg, the Baden State Theatre in Karlsruhe is one of three non-Hessian partner theatres in the HTA.
The State Theatre of Mainz, whose history reaches back to the first half of the 19th century, regularly uses four performance venues: in addition to the main and small theatres, also the Glashaus and U17. These stages are used for a wide-ranging repertoire of classical works and premieres in the fields of music theatre, ballet, drama, and children’s and youth theatre. The theatre productions tackle socially relevant and contemporary themes and thus take an inquisitive look at society. The State Theatre of Mainz is one of HTA’s three supra-regional partner theatres and in this context also co-produces the graduation productions of Theatre Directing students, for example.
The Theatre and Orchestra Heidelberg stands among other things for a top-level ensemble, continuous author promotion, international co-operations and a major interest in contemporary forms of theatre. Many important careers have begun at this five-section venue (opera, drama, dance, youth theatre and concerts), which is under the artistic direction of Holger Schultze. The theatre organises four major festivals, including the famous Heidelberger Stückemarkt, the most important promotional festival for playwrights in the German-speaking region. The co-operation with HTA covers actor engagements (during and beyond their period of practical training), student production co-operations relating to the Directing in Theatre programme and support for special projects and festivals. The theatre is one of HTA’s three supra-regional partner theatres.