Young Artists & Young Audiences

Exploring new ways of creating theatre and art exchange


From 2022 to 2027, EXIT THE ROOM – funded by the EU’s ERASMUS+ program – facilitates European exchange between young adults with artistic interest. The aim is to turn the next generation into creators of their own programs and to encourage new forms of art discourse and mediation. By 2027, the project wants to establish a large network of Next Generation projects for European youth theatre.

The program includes residencies of YOUNG ARTISTS and their performative try-outs at the participating festivals, as well as expert discussions and networking meetings. Goals include the development of new forms of dialogue, reflection and encounter between young people accompanying theatre performances. The focus lies on strengthening the existing networks of aspiring artists with more established artists through workshops, dialogues and discourses.


Residencies & Try-outs

  • What are the NEXT GENERATION’s themes and artistic forms?
  • What methods and platforms do aspiring artists need to develop their art?
  • What are ways to connect theatre with its surroundings?
  • How do artists interact in the cities they work in?

Each season, an international group of young artists take part in 3 residencies at 3 different locations. They connect and discuss with international artists and producers, experience and reflect on input of professional theatre for young audiences, and get the chance to develop and co-create their own art. The last residency concludes with original artistic try-outs at an international festival.



Networking & Discouse Meetings

  • How can children and teenagers, i.e. the target audience of performances for a young audience, be interactively involved in a festival?
  • What methods of audience development can facilitate connections between theatre and its surroundings?
  • What could a professional theoretical discussion of children’s and youth theatre by cultural critics and cultural politicians look like?

Each year, professionals from all partners meet in 2 to 3 working sessions. They exchange experiences and knowledge, discuss and develop new artistic approaches, and connect with NEXT GENERATION participants. Within the project, network partners can take part in expert working sessions, send young residency participants and host own events.




The following theatres and festivals set out to find exciting formats that make theatre festivals, in addition to performances, an extraordinary event:

The goal is to continuously expand this network.