Drama Lab
Open Call

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TIROLER LANDESTHEATER, VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN BOZEN and CENTRALE FIES DRO are pleased to announce their OPEN CALL for the first DRAMA LAB in the European region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino (Euregio). Be part of it!

Initiated in collaboration between Tiroler Landestheater, Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen and Centrale Fies, the Euregio Drama Lab offers those involved in dramatic writing in all its forms a unique platform of exchange in the European region Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino (Euregio). Authors and artists from Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino, who have meaningful connections to the Euregio, are invited to submit their ideas for a multi-lingual performance project or text submission by August 31, 2024. A qualified jury will select three candidates on the basis of their submission. They will then meet quarterly for workshops (so-called “drama labs”) in all three regions, where candidates will work on multilingual projects and receive guidance from three renowned mentors (Elisa Di Liberato, Michaela Senn, Benno Steinegger). The partner theaters support this multidisciplinary process with various encounters that afford networking opportunities along with valuable regional impulses. The cross-border initiative culminates in a presentation of the developed works as well as in encounters between theater makers and their audience.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2024

  • Info & contact: dramalab@landestheater.at
  • The three candidates will receive: an honorarium of € 2,500.00 and 3 full-day workshops (“drama labs”) in each participating institution


Workshops are held on the following dates:

  • Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen: October 23 to 25, 2024
  • Centrale Fies: May 28 to 30, 2025
  • Tiroler Landestheater: October 29 to 31, 2025


Labs and conclusion
The labs invite participants to discuss their respective artistic processes in greater depth. Candidates prepare the labs together with their mentors, which allows constructive and substantial exchange over the period of three days. The three institutions add to the labs not only their site-specific resources but also invite participants to approach the Euregio locations from different perspectives. In addition, representatives of the three institutions will be present at the lab days. Digital exchange between the three physical meetings is encouraged.



Information about the three mentors

Elisa Di Liberato holds a Master’s degree in Disciplines of Art Music and Performance from the University of Bologna and a diploma in Theatre Direction from the Paolo Grassi School of Dramatic Art in Milan. She is the founder and member of the Mali Weil collective with which she realizes projects ranging from design to relational practices, from cultural planning to the creation of audiovisual formats, developing research that investigates the potential of performance as an engine of creation and a space for the diffusion of political imagery.

Michaela Senn studied comparative literature at the University of Innsbruck and is the artistic director of Triebwerk7 and Theater praesent (together with Elke Hartmann). Since graduating from the Schauspielschule.Innsbruck, she has been active as an actress, director, dramatic advisor, and performer and enjoys collaborating with artists from a wide range of disciplines. In 2017, she released her first LP sujet incertain as part of the Heart of Noise festival. For several years, she was a board member of BRUX / Freies Theater Innsbruck, worked as a dramatic advisor of «Young» Tiroler Landestheater and was coordinator of Vorbrenner, the experimental program track of BRUX.

Benno Steinegger director, actor and artist was born in Bolzano in 1980. He trained at the University of Florence, Universidade Nova in Lisbon and the CSSD in London (Master of fine Arts). He has been living in Belgium since 2015. His work is a constant inquiry of two main notions: identity and power structures. In i (to be defined) he deconstructs his own identity through multiple interviews of people who describe him. His next project will inquire power structures between human beings and plants. His solo, group performances and art-works have been presented at international festivals and venues. In 2008, Benno co-founded the Italian theatre collective Codice Ivan, where he acted as author, director and performer. As actor and performer, Benno has worked with theatre and visual artists. He worked as an actor for movies with directors. In 2020, he directed a production at the Staatstheater Braunschweig (DE) in collaboration with the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (DE).

The jury consists of the three mentors and one person from each participating institution.




Who can participate?

Artists who live and work in the Euregio or have strong ties to this region. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a connection to the Euregio region and commit to participate on all lab days.

Benefits and financial support:

Candidates are awarded an honorarium of 2,500.00 EUR. They will receive 1,500.00 EUR upon the selection of the project and 1,000.00 EUR for further development and presentation. Additional expenses for travel, accommodation, and food will be covered by the organizer. Production costs will be evaluated and covered depending on the possibilities of the three institutions.

To participate, please send the following documents (max. three letter-sized pages) to dramalab@landestheater.at

  • CV
  • project description incl. examples (photos and video material also welcome)

Public call for applications


Announcement of candidates: September 13, 2024

Brief description of the institutions

Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen
The Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen (VBB), based in the Bolzano Municipal Theatre is the largest German-speaking theatre company in South Tyrol in the form of a highly qualified, self-producing professional theatre with a strong focus on contemporaneity, both regionally networked and nationally anchored in the German theatre scene. The diverse program includes cross-genre, multidisciplinary productions as well as world premieres and commissioned works. By promoting South Tyrolean artists, addressing topics specific to South Tyrol, realizing documentary theatre projects on contemporary history and collaborating with various actors at regional level and other regional cultural initiatives, the theatre’s local connection has also been further expanded. Each season, seven to ten in-house productions are realized in ensuite operation.

Centrale Fies
Centrale Fies is a research center for contemporary performing arts practices located within an early 20th-century hydroelectric power plant, partly still active and owned by Hydro Dolomiti Energia. Its programming opens up to the public the outcomes of research on performing arts (dance, theatre, performance art) and visual arts related to performance art and includes performances, exhibitions and meetings, in dialogue with the most current contemporary institutions and with important European performance networks. The center is committed to artistic research that comes to life in performance; scouting; support for performance art through networks, residencies, training, and production. Centrale Fies is a place dedicated to research. It trains the critical gaze on the contemporary and experiments with new artistic forms and processes, with a view open to every discipline, theme, and field of study.

Tiroler Landestheater
The Tiroler Landestheater (TLT) is a multi-discipline theater with a repertoire of music theater, drama, dance and, as of this season, its own Young Theater, which offers sophisticated entertainment. With around 450 employees and around 180,000 visitors per year, it is the largest cultural institution in western Austria. Around 600 performances are staged each season and around 30 new productions are developed. The TLT is located in the immediate vicinity of Innsbruck’s historic old town, surrounded by the Hofburg, Hofkirche, Hofgarten, and the SOWI Faculty of the University of Innsbruck. The Haus der Musik Innsbruck, which opened in October 2018, is right next door.


In Südtirol/South Tyrol/Alto Adige: Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen: 23.-25.10.2024
In Trient/Trento: Centrale Fies Dro: 28.-30.05.2025
In Tirol/Tirolo/Tyrol: Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck: 29.-31.10.2024

Yes, if chosen, it is mandatory to participate at every LAB.




Yes, costs for travel and accommodation will be covered.

Every selected participant will receive €1500,00 at first and another €1000,00 to support the development of the project. Which equals a total sum of € 2500,00 for every participant.

Elisa Di Liberato, Michaela Senn and Benno Steinegger

In addition to the mentors, there is one person from each institution.

The relationship with this European region can be very extensive. Possible relationships: Birth and growth in one of these regions, study, work, or any other type of relationship that creates a connection.

A project description with some examples. Max. three A4 pages, pictures and videos are welcome.

The participant has to be legally an adult.

Open Call