The International Theatre Institute at Theater der Welt

Conversation with Renate Klett and Stefan Schmidtke

Theater der Welt – How it all started

In Hamburg in 1979, when the international festival Theater der Nationen was presented in Germany for the first time, the Artistic Director of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and then President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Ivan Nagel, had the idea of establishing an international festival of this kind in Germany. The resultant festival Theater der Welt, which was first held in Cologne in 1981, immediately became a project of the German ITI Centre.

Four editions of what was then an entirely new kind of festival were shaped by the artistic vision of the dramaturg, critic and journalist Renate Klett. She has followed the Theater der Welt festival from the very beginning and on through all its subsequent incarnations and is a leading expert on the international theatre scene.

In conversation with the Artistic Director Stefan Schmidtke, Renate Klett offers her personal and professional impressions of her travels around the world and her work as a programmer. Both entertaining and informative at the same time, she looks back on the almost forty year history of this unique world festival.

Conversation with Renate Klett and Stefan Schmidtke:
Theater der Welt – How it all started
27.06.21, 14:00
Schauspielhaus, Kleine Bühne