European Festival for Young Directors
11 – 14 November 2021 at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Annually in November, Fast Forward invites eight theatre productions by young directors / directing teams from all over Europe to Dresden. Considered as a platform for upcoming talents, the festival, founded in 2011, presents a spectrum of theatre forms by showing individual artistic voices of a young generation. Fast Forward is conceived as an intensive 4-day marathon in which audiences and artists, students, critics, theatergoers and makers cross paths both casually and intentionally. The festival aims to create encounters, promote new talent, and initiate artistic exchange as well as new working networks. By doing so the festival sheds light on the attitudes and themes of a generation that – also in the context of its backgrounds – opens up a European discourse on theater-making: now and in the future.
At the end of each edition, an annually changing international jury of experts invites one of the young directors / teams to create a new work at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden. In the supporting program, students from different European theatre academies are given the opportunity to meet, exchange and discuss with each other in workshops and together with the artists.
Young directors / teams can apply for the 2021 edition until 30 April. The call for proposals including all necessary information can be found here: