When young directors come to Thalia as part of their training, they are already working on new forms of storytelling, on developing productions and retelling well-known material from new perspectives. During their three-year course their early projects are usually staged at Thalia’s theatre bar, ‘Nachtasyl’. Their final year projects are staged at Thalia Gaußstraße (Garage), on a stage where all of the leading contemporary theatre is performed and new directing styles can be discovered.
Thalia and the Theatre Academy work together to support and promote up and coming talent. So drama students are often cast in Thalia productions on our stages and have the opportunity to gain their first experiences of professional theatre here. Every two years Thalia Gaußstraße collaborates with the Theatre Academy to stage the students’ final year productions.
Every year the Körber Foundation comes to Thalia to recognise particularly promising young actors working on the Hamburg stage. In previous years the prize has been awarded to actors including members of the Thalia ensemble such as Lisa Hagmeister, Mirco Kreibich, Julian Greis, Birte Schnöink, Steffen Siegmund, Merlin Sandmeyer and Josefine Israel.
The Körber Studio Young Directors Festival is a fantastic springboard for young people working in theatre, and is organised by Thalia, the Körber Foundation and the Hamburg Theatre Academy, under the patronage of the German Theatre Association. Since 2003, German-speaking directing schools – and invited schools from around the world – have been presenting outstanding work that takes creative approaches to current social issues, made by the next generation of theatre professionals.