FFT Düsseldorf was established in 1999. In 2004 Kathrin Tiedemann became its artistic director. It functions as a platform for the professional independent theatre scene in and around the city of Düsseldorf, state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. As an institution, it does not only provide a space for the free arts, but also actively shapes them and creates continuous artistic exchanges. Its program aims to do more than just present: art, research, and education are FFT’s fields of action, and social discourses are negotiated and discussed here. In this context, FFT focuses on themes including democratization, post-colonialism, transcultural questions, networks, and the digital age.
Continuous collaborations with artist collectives and international production series that have thematic focal points shape the program as much as the support of young artists, the cooperation with schools and universities in the region, and the exchange with agents in the city. FFT is a partner in the network of production houses and theatres, both in the region and in an international context. Art projects with adolescents and an advanced program for young people have, from the beginning, been a cornerstone of its profile.
In 2021 FFT will move to a new venue at the former main post at Düsseldorf’s central station. FFT uses this relocation to conduct interdisciplinary research on the future role of the theater in the urban society.