For more than seventy years, the tjg. theater junge generation has been a key player in Dresden's cultural scene enabling children and young adults of the city and the region to have a first and lasting encounter with theatre.
The entire artistic staff is dedicated to produce art on an equal base with tjg.'s young audiences, using contemporary aesthetics and elaborating on current topics. At the same time, this approach enables children and young adults to examine their own lives and realities mirrored on stage. Issues like participation, diversity and living in a digital culture play a major role in all areas and formats of tjg.'s program, with a special focus on recent developments in modern urban societies.
The tjg. cooperates with a number of partner institutions from the culture scene as well as with artists and protagonists who are not directly connected to the children's and youth theatre field. The tjg. gets involved, always tries to be the voice of the younger generation while being committed to strengthen the self-confidence of Dresden's children and young adults and supporting any of their commiment. tjg.'s most important offer, however, is a joint visit to the theater with the entire family.
Approximately 80,000 visitors and more than 500 events every season make the tjg. one of the largest children's and youth theatres in Europe. tjg.'s main venue is Kraftwerk Mitte, a former power plant transformed into a cultural center and opened in 2016. In addition, tjg. offers open-air performances at various venues across the city in summer. The three branches of tjg.'s artistic work - drama, puppet theatre and theatre academy - share three fully equipped stages in Kraftwerk Mitte.
The theatre academy, founded in 2008, is a research laboratory for theatre educators, an open space for children and young people who are enthusiastic about theatre and love to experiment, and a training centre for teachers and educators.
From 2019 to 2023, the tjg. participates in the program "360° - Fund for New City Cultures" by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Together with the Dresden-based Sukuma Arts e.V., the tjg. is planning to develop strategies for making theatre operations more sustainable, using one production as a prototype this season.
Felicitas Loewe became general and artistic director of the tjg. in 2008, Nils Zapfe has been hired as resident director in 2016.