The Volksbühne is a theatre rich in tradition in the centre of Berlin. In April 2018 Klaus Dörr temporarily took over the directorship of the Volksbühne. Since its foundation, the Volksbühne has been focused on the development and impact of new forms of directing. Built in 1914 by architect Oskar Kaufmann, the theatre on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz now has over 800 seats. The construction of the theatre has been financed by donations, so called Arbeitergroschen (worker penny), from the members of the Freie Volksbühne association alone. Max Reinhardt, Erwin Piscator, Benno Besson, Heiner Müller, Frank Castorf, Christoph Schlingensief - the Volksbühne is characterized by strong stage directors, writers and artists who have constantly redefined the boundaries of classical spoken theatre.
The Volksbühne brings together theatre, dance, performance, music, cinema, visual arts and digital cultures under one roof. The focus is on reflection on the contemporary, the future of theatre and new connections between forms, disciplines and practices. Artists from Berlin, Europe and around the world are invited to work their way into the changing urban society.