Apr 09, 2019

Schultheater der Länder

  • Crimson Education
  • Germany
Competition Performing Arts Skill Building Other


The Schultheater der Länder is a nationwide festival for school theatre groups of all school levels and school types, which takes place annually in another federal state. The Schultheater der Länder is a common cause. Each federal state is therefore represented by a group that carries on the impulses of the festival. The groups selected by a federal jury present their productions at the festival, discuss them together in follow-up discussions and take part in workshops. The Schultheater der Länder is geared to the professional quality standards of the Kultusministerkonferenz. It is supported by the Mercator Foundation and the Länder Ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs.

It presents in six days the variety of school theatres of all school types and grades from all 16 German states. The SDL shows an exemplary school theatre that, through its aesthetic diversity, provides impulses for school practice. As part of the conference, which takes place at the same time, the theme of the festival will also be scientifically illuminated and will be didactically enhanced in workshops and specialist forums. This is a nationwide artistic competition with annually changing topics, discussion workshops, symposiums, and other programs. For over 30 years, the SDL has been a central meeting place for the school theatre scene. School theatre makes a change in pupils, in schools and in society.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Ages 6-21 years old



Open to all students from all grades. About 300 students about 150 theater teachers and theater teachers typically participate.

Participation Cost


For the invited groups of students, travel, accommodation, meals and all events of the festival are free of charge, except for a fee of 60 Euro per participant.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Each school theater group with an artistically convincing and age-appropriate production. Preference will be given to groups that deal with the thematic accent "Raum Bühne".

Time Commitment


This is a 6 day event

Application Deadline

2020 Festival has been cancelled. Dates for 2021 are TBA

Application Process Includes

Please download the application form first, save it on the PC and then fill in with Adobe Reader. The filename must contain the abbreviation of the province as well as the school name.

There are two ways to apply. All applications must be submitted to the National Association for School Theatre/Performing Arts of the respective state or at the office of the Bundesverband Theater in Schulen eV. An application form and further information on the application documents can be found at www.bvts.org.

Theatre groups working on a thematic accent can, upon request, receive support from coaches in the second half of the school year and invite theatre colleges from the provincial or federal association to visit rehearsals for advisory purposes. In this case, the application must include a concept with ideas for the dramaturgical and artistic implementation of the thematic accent, which must be submitted to the respective national association no later than eight weeks after the start of the school year.