Academy for Performing Arts Producers

Concept and Direction: Katja Sonnemann

For the first time in 2018, the International Production Houses Alliance offers a training for producers, which is dedicated to a professional field that continues to grow in significance within the independent scene. The ACADEMY for Performing Arts Producers commits itself to the mediation of production skills in the German and international context of the performing arts. It highlights the role of free producers and the triangle partnership between them, the artists, and the production houses. Production management, creative producer, company management, producer: these are just some of the many job titles describing an occupational field that has become essential for production processes in the performing arts in the past years, but for which no professional training is offered yet. Within the independent scene, generalists usually have to acquire knowledge about the comprehensive field of production by practical experience. Yet today, they are increasingly looking for possibilities to become more specifically qualified.

The ACADEMY for Performing Arts Producers responds to this growing demand. In workshop formats and under the leadership of German and international experts, the ACADEMY teaches legal and administrative basics and acquires methods and tools. It presents networks and platforms, and develops strategies and models for production processes in the independent performing arts scene.

22 participants were selected out of an applicant pool of 185 who answered to the open call of September 2017. In three modules between January and May 2018, they will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of their profession in a variety of formats offered at each of the participating production houses.



11. – 14. January 2018

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main

Topic: The Role of a Production Manager / Producer



11. – 14. March 2018

PACT Zollverein, Essen

Topic: Network and International Work



3. – 6. May 2018

Kampnagel, Hamburg

Topic: Strategies


Moderation: Rivca Rubin



Anas Aboura (Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany)

Julia Asperska (Key Performance, Sweden/Poland)

Janina Benduski (ehrliche arbeit, Bundesverband freie Darstellende Künste, Germany)

Jessica Bowles (University of London, England)

Dóra Büki (Proton Theatre, Budapest, Hungary)

Béla Bisom (transmissions GbR, Germany)

Sergio Chianca (Lapas, Frankreich)

Roger Christman (Consultant, Germany)

Amelie Deufelhardt (Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany)

Anja Dirks (Festival Belluard Bollwerk International Fribourg, Switzerland))

Marcus Droß (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany)

Ole Frahm (Ligna, Germany)

Marijke Hoogenboom (Universität der Künste Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Stefan Hilterhaus (PACT Zollverein, Germany)

Joris Janssens (Flanders Arts Institute Brüssel, Belgium)

Judith Knight (Artsadmin, England)

Linda Kuhlen (FFT Düsseldorf, Germany)

Sonja Laaser ( Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Germany)

Martina Lansky (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany)

Marie Le Sourd (on the move, Belgium)

Julia Lorenz (FFT Düsseldorf, Germany)

Mathilde Maillard (L’Amicale de Production, France)

Judith Martin (ligne directe, France)

Bettina Masuch (tanzhaus nrw, Germany)

Carmen Mehnert (Hellerau Dresden, Germany)

Diederik Peeters (SPIN, Belgium)

Katharina Pelosi (Swoosh Lieu, Germany)

Christoph Rech (FFT Düsseldorf, Germany)

Rivca Rubin (Imagine, England)

Anne Schneider (Bundesverband freie Darstellende Künste, Germany)

Stefan Schwarz (tanzhaus nrw, Germany)

Alessandra Simeoni (Caravan Production, Belgium)

Katja Sonnemann (Direction Academy for Performing Arts Producer)

Veit Sprenger (Showcase Beat le Mot, Germany)

Gwenoële Trapman (Universität der Künste Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Annemie Vanackere (HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Germany)

Anna Till (situation productions, Germany),

Anna Wagner (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany)

Melanie Zimmermann (Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany)