Maxim Gorki Theater

Since its founding in 1952, the Maxim Gorki Theatre has defined itself as a contemporary public theatre in Berlin's historical centre. The first drafts were made for the neoclassical building in 1827 and soon after, Berlin's first public concert hall for the Singakademie (choral society) was received enthusiastically by the public. The hall by the moat, however, was not only the first port of call for music in Berlin. In 1827 Alexander von Humboldt read from his Cosmos lectures here, and in 1848 the Prussian National Assembly met in the Singakademie's auditorium. In the World War II the Singakademie was severely damaged during an air raid. In May 1945, however, the Soviet military administration in Germany already began reconstructing the building, which was reopened with a programmatic mission as the Maxim Gorki Theatre in 1952. Russian and Soviet drama shaped the programme; East German authors were also premiered here in the following decades. After almost forty years as a leading theatre of the GDR's capital, the Maxim Gorki Theatre and its ensemble are now the smallest of Berlin's five large public theatres. At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, Shermin Langhoff and her co-director Jens Hillje took over the artistic direction of the theatre, now called . The theatre welcomes you to a discourse as diverse as the biographies of the people in this city.

As a third venue and new platform, the Container has been placed on the forecourt of the Maxim Gorki Theatre for two seasons.
The installation of the Container resulted from renovation measures on the main stage that had long been overdue.

STUDIO Я is an art haven for marginalized subjects and ways of thinking, a platform for discussion and creative processes - post-national, queer, empowering! And a place where discourse transitions smoothly to disco. Creatives from conflict zones gather beyond all borders in Studio Я. Radical new forms merge here with political practice. No approach is excluded, as long as it aims to question and change society.

Goddess Temple: In the Gorki garden, artist Delaine Le Bas conjures up a witch goddess that sits upon a throne on the roof of her temple. Under her skirt lies a place of reflection, encounters and expansion of consciousness. This is also the place where theater shaman and Gorki resident director Yael Ronen is presenting workshops related to her play Rewitching Europe. In the form of lectures, ceremonies and rituals, we’re practising the culture of the post-patriarchy together.


Am Festungsgraben 2 10117 Berlin


Platz der Märzrevolution, 10117 Berlin

Studio Я

Hinter dem Gießhaus 2 10117 Berlin

Goddess Temple

Am Festungsgraben 2 10117 Berlin


Am Festungsgraben 2 10117 Berlin


Dorotheenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin


Am Festungsgraben 2, 10117 Berlin