Dresden State Theatre
The Dresden State Theatre, founded in 1913, ranks among the most important German drama theatres. In 2009, Wilfried Schulz took charge as the new Artistic and General Director. The ensemble comprises 37 actors and an annual schedule includes around 25 to 30 new productions. Since 2009, the Dresden State Theatre has received numerous honours and awards. It has two performance venues: an 800-seat theatre in the city centre and a venue called “Kleines Haus” with a main stage, whose auditorium has a seating capacity of 370, a studio stage with a 100-seat auditorium, and a workshop stage with 150 seats. The total audience figure for the end of the 2011/2012 season marked a record attendance of 230,000 – the highest since the reunification of Germany. It also houses the “Citizens’ Theatre” (“Bürgerbühne”): the public is invited to actively participate in the theatrical arts. It its very first season it gathered about 500 participants. The “Citizens’ Theatre” is the largest project of its kind in German theatre education.