With around 70 productions per season, the Theater Dortmund is one of the most productive theaters in Europe. In the theatrical landscape of the Ruhr area it is also distinguished by its versatility. The six-division house offers a comprehensive programme with concerts, ballet, opera, drama, children’s and youth theatre (KJT) and the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in four houses.
Especially in the current repertoire you will find numerous plays whose courage and level underline the importance of the house for social discourse.
Beyond the Ruhr Metropolis, the Schauspiel Dortmund has been regularly causing a stir since 2010. Under the directorship of Kay Voges, it was voted best theatre in North Rhine-Westphalia for the third time in a row in a critics‘ survey in 2018. Voges is a pioneer in the field of the latest theatre techniques – he will be succeeded as new Schauspiel director by Julia Wissert in summer 2021.
In the field of opera, Director Heribert Germeshausen provides a breath of fresh air with his contemporary interpretation. Under his direction, the Ruhr metropolis will receive a „RuhrOpera 21“ in Dortmund – the house will explore together with its visitors what the genre of opera could look like in the 21st century.
With the Theatre for Young Audience (Dortmunder Kinder- und Jugendtheater – KJT), founded in 1953, Dortmund is a theatre with a long tradition aimed at young people.
The youngest division is the Academy for Theatre and Digitality, initiated by Kay Voges, founded in 2019 – a research laboratory, free of economic constraints, in which scholarship holders can deal with the effects and opportunities of digitality in the scenic arts and workshops qualify employees for the technical requirements of the 21st century.
Theater Dortmund is also connected with the Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL) for the PlayOn! project.