Union des theatres de l'Europe

About the UTE

Union des Théâtres de l'Europe (et de la Méditerranée)

The Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE) is an alliance of European theatres, legally headquartered in France. It operates on a European scale, thanks to a decentralized structure made of an executive office in Germany, and nomadic offices in Austria, the Czech Republic and Greece.

Regarded as one of the most influential theatre associations in Europe, the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe is also deeply rooted in the history of European theatre. Its origins go back thirty-one years, when three theatres in Italy, France and Spain decided to form an international alliance called “Théâtres de l’Europe/Teatri d’Europa”. More and more theatres became interested in this exchange, and in 1990 the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang and the director of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano Giorgio Strehler founded the “Union des Théâtres de l’Europe” on this basis. First centred on a programme of regular festivals with the aim to unite East and West, the Union has developed into an alliance of European theatres combining artistic and political goals, and using existing artistic platforms in order to strengthen professional exchange and promote an open Europe of culture.

Today, the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe unites more than forty members, amongst which eighteen major theatres with national and international influence from all over Europe and beyond. The theatres from Porto, Moscow, Bochum, Tel Aviv, Athens, Cluj, Reims, Vienna, Belgrade, Bucharest, Stuttgart, Luxemburg, Sofia, Milan, Prague, Thessaloniki, Rome and Budapest, completed with personal and associated members from France, Hungary, Poland and Georgia are represented in seventeen countries. Their goal is to collaborate on an international level and strengthen the role and value of European public theatres. Together they represent an area that increasingly encompasses the entire European continent and even transcends it with members in Israel, Palestine and partner-artists in various Arab countries.

With more than 10,000 performances and 3 million spectators a year, the UTE member theatres offer a wide range of events, including productions, world premieres of new drama, projects on current political issues, cooperation between various international festivals, conferences on important political and artistic topics, round-tables with artists, managers and politicians intended to attract and include a broader audience, projects with young artists and young audiences, masterclasses, literary and academic publications and think tanks for the development of new working strategies.

Elected Cultural Ambassador by the EU Commission in 2012, head of an important theatre project on different forms of terrorism, including Israeli, Norwegian, German, French and Serbian theatres, and elected as the most significant theatre network to be supported by the European Commission (CONFLICT ZONES | ZONES DE CONFLIT), the UTE sees its mission in an artistic, political and societal sphere. Its activities go along three major axes: the development of international and transnational collaborations, the maintenance and transmission of Europe’s cultural heritage, focusing on its appropriation by young artists, and the questioning, development and renewal of this heritage through groundbreaking artistic projects, but also political projects, all of which offer a critical reflection on today’s society.




Michal Dočekal • Národní divadlo | National Theatre Prague | Czech Republic

President of Honour

Lev Dodin • Maly Drama Theatre | Saint Petersburg, Russia

Vice President

Sergio Escobar • Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d'Europa | Italy


Francisca Carneiro Fernandes • Teatro Nacional São João do Porto | Portugal


Ludovic Lagarde • Comédie de Reims | France

Other members of the board of directors

Anna Badora • Volkstheater | Vienna, Austria

Jan Hein • Schauspiel Stuttgart | Germany

Ilan Ronen • Habima – National Theatre of Israel | Tel Aviv


Ruth Heynen





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