Academy for Theatre Journalism
Journalistic coverage of the heterogeneous landscape of independent productions, working methods, organisational structures, protagonists and aesthetics is an essential part of theatre, plus it is also a demanding profession. The Alliance of International Production Houses now offers a framework in which to discuss the role played by journalism and criticism in the independent theatre scene. Journalists make joint trips to the different production houses, where they gain deeper insights into the working structures of the independent scene, as well as their varying profiles and programmes. In direct conversations with artists, journalists are invited to learn more about working methods, issues and structures and also to engage in group discussions revolving around how artistic works can be transferred into language and text. At the same time, discussions also centre on the role played by theatre criticism and journalism in the public discourse today, as well as which developments will be conceivable and desirable in the future. Above all, however, the academy is designed to serve as a site for reflection and the training of journalistic practices. Different forms of writing about concrete contemporary performing arts projects that are as heterogeneous as possible create the foundation for mutual exchange, reflection and a mutual critique of criticism.
The Theatre Journalism format was launched in autumn 2019 in three modules. The concept for this academy was developed by Esther Boldt (author & theatre critic for nachtkritik.de, Theater heute, Zeit online, tanz Zeitschrift and die taz) and Dr. Philipp Schulte (dramaturge and author, managing director of the Hessische Theatreakademie, lecturer at the Norwegian Theatre Academy).