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New professor for Aesthetics in TYA at the University of Hildesheim

Maike Gunsilius, researcher, dramaturg and performer, starts her first semester as Professor of the Aesthetics of TYA at the University of Hildesheim this October. She follows Geesche Wartemann, one of the founding members of ITYARN, in this unique professorship. In ASSITEJ Germany’s magazine IXYPSILONZETT (2/2020) she reflects on her sources of inspiration. She names a variety of songs, games, books (i.e. “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams) and tv series and, of course, the theatre.


New contact: Diversity Development in TYA 

ASSITEJ Germany has successfully established a new full-time position in the Children’s and Young People’s Theatre Centre ( in Frankfurt (Main). September 1st was the first day in the office for Mirrianne Mahn, performer and activist, who will now challenge our art and our structures. Contact Mirrianne directly or send an a-mail to Julia Dina Hesse ( , Vice President of ASSITEJ Germany, to find out more about initiatives and developments towards a greater diversity within the German TYA landscape.

German Children’s Theatre Award and German Young People’s Theatre Award

The Federal Republic of Germany honours contemporary drama for young audiences with two prestigious awards and 10.000 € each. The awards will be handed over by the Federal Minister of Youth, Dr. Franziska Giffey, on November 12, 2020. The expert jury has now published this year’s nominations. Liebe Grüße … oder Wohin das Leben fällt (8+) by Theo Fransz (Netherlands) / Wer nicht träumt, ist selbst ein Traum (8+) by Jens Raschke (Germany) / Wutschweiger (Woestzoeker) (8+) by Jan Sobrie and Raven Ruëll (Belgium) / Absprung (Spun) (14+) by Rabiah Hussain (United Kingdom) / Freie Wahl by Esther Rölz (Germany) / Rishi (Rishi) by Kees Roorda (Netherlands)


European Theatre Forum 11 – 13 November 2020 in Dresden and online

The European Theatre Forum is part of the activities within the German EU Council Presidency and it is the first ever format that brings performing arts from all over Europe together. How should and will the EU fund and support its theatre landscapes in the next 10 years or so?

ASSITEJ International has been active in the planning process of this European event and although the European Theatre Forum will be hosted online, it will still be located in the city of Dresden, where one of the biggest and oldest TYA-venues in Germany  – the Theater Junge Generation – is located. Stefan Fischer-Fels and Julia Dina Heße are involved on behalf of ASSITEJ Germany.

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