The tjg. theater junge generation was founded in 1949 and has become one of the largest theatres for children and young audiences in Germany. Each year, the tjg. presents more than 600 performances on three different stages at Kraftwerk Mitte, newly opened in 2016, and at various summer stages in the city. This attracts an audience of more than 82,000 children, young people, and their families each season.
We operate on three levels: acting, puppet theatre, and theatre academy. Puppeteers, actors and actresses bring to life tjg.’s productions integrating and exploring current trends in the performing arts sector, including dance and performance art. The city of Dresden‘s puppet theatre was integrated as one artistic branch of the tjg. in 1997, now employing seven professional puppeteers. The theatre academy, founded in 2008, offers theatre workshops for children and young people interested in theatre culminating in two productions per season for a young audience with young people on stage.
The tjg. was awarded the German Federal Theatre Prize by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in 2017. 2019-2023, the tjg. will participate in the program „360°- Fund for New City Cultures“ by the Federal Cultural Foundation. The aim of this program is to actively integrate all aspects of immigration and cultural diversity into cultural institutions and their city cultures. The tjg. wants to be a place that mirrors the city‘s cultural diversity and illustrates the benefits of different cultures coming together. The program „Doppelpass“, also funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation, supports joint projects of the tjg. with the independent scene - partners will be the performance collective LOVEFUCKERS and the DSCHUNGEL Wien, a theatre for young audiences based in Vienna.
„Living a different life from yours“ is the motto of the 2019 – 2020 season, which connects all productions and formats. Felicitas Loewe became general and artistic director of the tjg. in 2008, Nils Zapfe has been hired as resident director in 2016.