German stage association

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The German Stage Association ( DBV ) is the federal association of public and private sponsors of German theaters and orchestras . The registered association based in Cologne is divided into eight regional associations and is a member of the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (PEARLE *). Ulrich Khuon has been President of DBV since January 24, 2017, and Marc Grandmontagne has been Managing Director since January 2017.


The DBV looks after the interests of its 430 members ( city and state theaters including opera houses , private and state theaters as well as broadcasting companies ) in terms of political and labor law and also acts in an advisory capacity - for example, it regularly organizes symposia and training courses that allow the exchange of experience intended to serve between members. As an employer organization , it is the collective bargaining partner of the stage trade unions ( Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Members , German Orchestra Association , etc.), with whom it also has stage arbitration. In its resolutions and statements, especially in recent years, the DBV has repeatedly spoken out against the closure of cultural institutions and pleaded for the preservation of the German theater landscape. He is also the editor of the oldest German theater magazine, Die Deutsche Bühne . Theater and workshop statistics appear annually ( who played what? ). The German Theater Prize DER FAUST has been awarded by the Bühnenverein, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the German Academy of Performing Arts and the respective federal state in which the award ceremony takes place since 2006 .


At the federal level, the DBV is divided into six groups that represent the individual interests of certain members (state theaters, municipal theaters, state theaters, private theater and artistic directors groups , as well as a group for extraordinary members such as broadcasting companies). These form the general assembly and each have one presidium member with their chairperson .

The annual general meeting elects the collective bargaining committee, to which eight directors are assigned as advisors. (The collective bargaining committee conducts collective bargaining with the stage unions.) In addition, the general assembly appoints 25 members of the administrative board , which also includes the chairmen of the eight regional associations (North, East, Central, Baden-Württemberg , Berlin , Bavaria , Saxony and Thuringia ) as well as the executive committee belong. The board of directors is responsible for questions relating to the organization of the association; the board of directors , which leads the day-to-day business of the DBV, is elected by him.


36th Annual General Meeting in Stuttgart (1907)
Seal of the Deutscher Bühnen-Verein

The DBV was founded in Oldenburg in 1846 , its first chairman was Karl Theodor von Küstner , the then general director of the Royal Prussian Drama. He was succeeded as chairman in 1853 by Ferdinand von Gall , who, together with Küstner, played a key role in founding the stage association. The aim of the establishment was initially the uniform regulation of the employment relationships at the German court and city theaters. The directors wanted to prevent the frequent breaches of contract on the artist side.

Together with the German Stage Members' Cooperative (GDBA) founded in 1871, the DBV agreed the first collective agreement for theater in 1873 , and stage arbitration was also established in the following years , so that equal arbitration tribunals came into being, which were active in labor law disputes. While the association gained a large number of members in the Weimar Republic , it was brought into line by the National Socialists in 1933 : Through the so-called Reich Chamber of Culture Act , it was integrated into the Reich Theater Chamber and subsequently dissolved.

After the Second World War , individual regional associations were initially founded (from 1946) before the DBV was able to resume its activities again in 1948, with Gustaf Gründgens initially as Vice President and later also as President. From 1971 to 1981 Heinz Winfried Sabais was President of the German Stage Association.

In 1990, the DBV merged with the Deutscher Bühnenbund , the organization of artistic directors in the GDR , under the leadership of Munich general manager August Everding , and one year later the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (PEARLE *) was founded in Amsterdam .

With the creation of the normal stage contract in 2003 , the artists' unions and the DBV agreed on a uniform collective agreement for artistic employees in the theater sector, which replaced a large number of previously valid collective bargaining regulations. The stage association also demands a uniform collective agreement for non-artistic employees.

At the 2013 annual general meeting of the Bühnenverein in Kiel, it was decided to propose the "German theater and orchestral landscape that emerged from the tradition of the electoral and royal theaters as well as the later founded city theater" for the list of intangible world cultural heritage . The focus should be on artistic diversity, which is also internationally recognized.

The Hamburg Senator for Culture Barbara Kisseler became the first woman to head the stage association at the 2015 annual general meeting . She held the office from May 2015 until her death on October 7, 2016.

In May 2018, the association took part in the establishment of the Themis trust agency against sexual harassment and violence .

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Individual evidence

  1. Rolf Bolwin leaves the stage : Weser Kurier from December 16, 2016 (accessed on January 4, 2017)
  2. Generation change - Bolwin successor chosen from: Night review from April 28, 2016 (accessed on January 3, 2017)
  3. Marc Grandmontagne becomes managing director of the stage association from: Focus from April 28, 2016 (accessed on January 3, 2017)
  4. ^ Deutscher Bühnenverein Federal Association of Theaters and Orchestras of May 27, 2013: The intangible world cultural heritage and the German theater and orchestra landscape. Background information on the 2013 annual general meeting of the German Stage Association ( memento from March 19, 2017 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on May 28, 2013.
  5. Hamburg's Senator for Culture, the new President of the German Stage Association , press release from May 29, 2015, accessed May 30, 2015
  6. Federal Government | News | Industry initiative launches “Trust Office Against Sexual Harassment” - Grütters: The time of silence must be over! (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; accessed on June 1, 2018 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /