The Staatsschauspiel Dresden is one of the most renowned theatres in the German-speaking world and stands for productions of great aesthetic diversity. Each season, around 25 premieres are staged in both venues, the Schauspielhaus in the old town and the Kleines Haus in Dresden's new town, many of which are world premieres and commissioned works by contemporary authors. The Staatsschauspiel Dresden has a permanent ensemble of more than 30 actors and actresses, plus an acting studio and the Bürger:Bühne, a citizens' stage in which amateurs perform under professional conditions. The repertoire includes modern productions of classic dramas such as LIFE IS A DREAM, ORESTIA or MACBETH and challenging formats of contemporary aesthetic discourse such as Sebastian Hartmann's adaptation of the novel ANNIHILATE, Claudia Bauer's production of FATHERLAND or Frank Castorf's directorial work WALLENSTEIN. Adaptations of dramas and comedies that appeal to a broad audience and are socially relevant, such as THE THREEPENNY OPERA or THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, are on the repertoire, as are current works of literature that reflect the socially relevant issues of our time. Contemporary drama and world premieres of new plays commissioned by the Staatsschauspiel Dresden come from renowned playwrights such as Roland Schimmelpfennig, Lutz Hübner, Sarah Nemitz, Dirk Laucke, Jaroslav Rudiš, Florian Fischer, Caren Jeß, Soeren Voima and Thomas Freyer. Productions from Dresden have been shown at all important festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Mülheim Theatertage and the festival for young directors "Radikal jung". Since 2017, the beginning of the directorship of Joachim Klement and his artistic team, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden has been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen three times with the productions THE NOTEBOOK (directed by Ulrich Rasche), HUMILIATED AND INSULTED (directed by Sebastian Hartmann) and TARTUFFE OR CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY (directed by Volker Lösch). In 2023, the world premiere THE CAT ELEONORE by Caren Jeß (directed by Simon Werdelis) was invited to the Mülheim Theatertage and the Heidelberg Stückemarkt. In the Theater heute 2023 critics' survey, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden came second in the German-speaking world in the category of overall theatre performance.
As a member of the European Theatre Convention (ETC), the Staatsschauspiel Dresden is networked in many ways with the European theatre landscape. As a member of #WOD-Initiative Weltoffenes Dresden, it is an active contributor to the socio-political and cultural life of Dresden and the region.