Our next installment in the Nomadic Stammtisch Series will feature a presentation and tour by the Producing Artistic Director of English Theater Berlin, Daniel Brunet. Please join us to learn more about the theater and its transition to an international performing arts center, as well as what it has to offer English-speaking artists and enthusiasts in Berlin. This presentation will be followed by an introduction to the theater’s partner company Theater Thikwa, an integrative theater group featuring actors with and without disabilities. After the presentation, we call all gather in the theater’s bar for some Stammtisch chitchat and networking—refreshments will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please join us for the presentations at the theater, which will begin at 7pm on April 24th, followed by Stammtisch in the English Theater bar. The theater is located in Kreuzberg at Fidicinstraße 40, 10965 Berlin. U6 Platz der Luftbrücke or Buses M19 and 104
English Theater Berlin
Founded as a 50-seat basement theater by Managing Director Bernd Hoffmeister in 1990, it became Berlin’s only English-language theater in 1993 under the name Friends of Italian Opera with the addition of Günther Grosser as Artistic Director. A 600,000 euro grant from the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin made the creation of F40 with its 120-seat main stage theater shared with Theater Thikwa possible. Daniel Brunet joined the leadership of the institution as Producing Artistic Director in 2012. The artistic concept is based on four pillars: the Producing Series – Made in Berlin, the Presenting Series – The Best From Abroad, Education and Expats, series and productions showcasing the extraordinary talent of the dizzying mix of artists from abroad living in Berlin using English (the lingua franca of the 21st century) as a working language ranging from theater and performance to comedy, music, dance and more.
Theater Thikwa is one of the most well-known integrative theaters in the German-speaking world. These pioneers of inclusion celebrated their 20-year anniversary in 2011. Actors with and without officially recognized disabilities create dance and literary theater while comedy meets the experimental. The foundation of this “miracle of the stage” (Tagesspiegel) is the first training center in Germany where the performing and visual arts can be chosen as a profession within a workshop for the differently-abled. The home base of this singular theater company is here in F40 – the only completely barrier-free theater in Berlin. Thikwa performances are regularly invited to festivals and theaters around the world.