Dramenprozessor – a workshop for stage writing
Dramenprozessor (drama processor) was founded in 2001 and has since established itself as one of the most successful models for promoting authors in the German-speaking world. Some of the pieces by young Swiss playwrights it has produced have been translated into several languages and been premiered and restaged at various renowned theatres. In 2015, Dramenprozessor won the Federal Office of Culture’s Swiss Theatre Award.
As a workshop for stage writing, Dramenprozessor is aimed at authors living and/or working in Switzerland who are not yet established in the scene. They apply with a specific project they want to work on during the workshop year. For each of the bi-annually conducted workshops, four to five participants are selected and intensively coached during the entire writing and implementation process. At the end of Dramenprozessor, the texts are presented to the public at a mini-festival in the form of scenic productions. Some of the 42 Dramenprozessor graduates to date have since gained transregional acclaim.
The programme is located at Theater Winkelwiese in Zurich and is conducted in close cooperation with the co-producers Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Theater Chur, Stadttheater Schaffhausen, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau, Theater Rampe Stuttgart and Theater St. Gallen. Graduates are given opportunities to join up with production teams at these theatres and try out various forms of working in order to gain experience in theatre practice.
Besides the specialist guidance offered to the up-and-coming authors, the focus is on the long-term impact of their project. This involves help with networking in the national theatre scene as well as cooperation with independent production groups and with similar promotion models and partners in other European countries.