BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre BIYT is a unique english-speaking theater ensemble, situated in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which creates innovative performances with children and young people from all different cultural backgrounds, ages and schools.

Founded in 2008, BIYT's goal is to create inspiring, thought-provoking and high-quality productions by and with children and adolescents. Weekly Saturday classes offer students the opportunity to sharpen their theater skills, make friends with like-minded young people and develop their very own performances for the stage. BIYT is open to participants aged 8-20 and split into 3 groups: Ignite (ages 8-10), LAB (11-13) and Ensemble (14-20). Anyone with a working knowledge of English is welcome to join. Over the last decade, BIYT has created 10 major full-length productions:

2019 - "Feathers in the Fire" based on the myth of Icarus.
2018 - "Tribal Schmibal" a parable based on the real-life experience of one of our students. Following the success of BIYT's production, two German schools staged their own versions of the play.
2017 - "Till Someone Sneezes" a revival of 2012's knock-out production with a fresh cast and new surprises!
2016 - "Sinner's Circle" a punk-inspired play based on the Salem Witch Trials. Written by Priscilla Bergey and directed by Ruby Grosser.
2015 - "Into the Haystack" an apocalypse drama, written by Isaiah Michalski.
2014 - "Macbeth" a highly popular staging of Shakespeare's dark tale, which was met with rave reviews.
2013 - "Model Monster Model: The Curse of Narcissus" a fashion-horror-thriller based on the ancient Greek myth
2012 - "Till Someone Sneezes" a dark comedy with Simpsons-esque symbolism, loosely based on Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth" ("Wir sind noch einmal davongekommen")
2011 - "Blood of the Butterfly" BIYT's second production, which sold out.
2010 - "Tale of the Rebel Waves" BIYT's first professionally-written and staged full-length production, based on the theme "ship of dreams" and inspired by Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Our current production "Dream of a Seed" we hope to perform in June 2020!

24/02/2021

Greetings! Our new Spring term will be starting April 17. We look forward to finally being able to meet together in person then. Class sizes are limited so please register in advance

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Model Monster Model- the curse of Narcissis 2013. BIYT . Fabulous!
08/02/2021

Model Monster Model- the curse of Narcissis 2013. BIYT . Fabulous!

14/01/2021
2011   our second production Blood of the Butterfly, a science fiction fantasy where three separate planets become entan...
11/12/2020

2011 our second production Blood of the Butterfly, a science fiction fantasy where three separate planets become entangled together in a web of greed.

Tale of the Rebel Waves 2010. The princess, the pirate and the talking trees.
26/11/2020

Tale of the Rebel Waves 2010. The princess, the pirate and the talking trees.

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre's cover photo
23/11/2020

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre's cover photo

23/11/2020

The new winter term for BIYT starts November 28, 2020- February 27, 2021

Due to the pandemic, class sizes are still restricted.
If your child is interested in joining any of the classes please feel free to contact us and we will gladly put you on the waiting list. As soon as a spot becomes available and restrictions ease, we will be glad to welcome your child to the group!

During lockdown classes are continued on Zoom. In the Lab and Ensemble classes, we are creating an interactive website about a gothic murder mystery with lots of strange and exotic characters. The website will contain all the clues. We hope to be performing the actual play in June 2021. The BIYT Ignite group is creating a closed performance for December based on Dr. Seuss' classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

24/09/2020
English Theatre Berlin

Come and see our community production YOU-ME-HUMAN-TREE from 2 - 10 October at ETB, co-produced by BIYT and starring former BIYT students Elli & Artemis ✨

This wild, wacky and joyful show celebrates the connections between humans and trees, and was made by an inter-generational ensemble of people from many different backgrounds and experiences 🌵🌲🌴

Combining song, dance, poetry, burlesque, comedy, film, drag and more, the performance explores how we relate to trees and what they might think/say/feel in response to us!

Tickets cost 12€ (6€ concession) and our beautiful 32-page Zine homemade during lockdown costs 6€.

Both can be purchased HERE: https://www.etberlin.de/production/you-me-human-tree/

If trees could talk, what would they say? A unique and exciting performance for all ages has grown from the seeds of play and curiosity: You Me Human Tree was devised by an intergenerational ensemble of over 20 people and contains elements of physical theater, music, storytelling, puppetry, dance, burlesque, poetry and performance art. Coming up October 2-10!

Tickets: https://etberlin.reservix.de/p/reservix/group/340501
Order our Zinehttps://www.etberlin.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Trees-zine.pdf

07/09/2020

We are still accepting new students this term into our BIYt Ignite class and Ensemble class. Our Lab class is currently full. We are very excited about our new term, new themes, new friends, and new hopes for the future.
And we are happy to present the long awaited finished radio play which we have been working on since October 2019. Please go to our English Theatre Berlin Website to click on the link to listen-- and watch. There are some fun visuals too!

13/08/2020

This fall term holds many unknowns and at this point, we are simply planning to carry on as best as possible until the news changes. We will be continuing to practice social distancing in our classes and all games and exercises will be adapted to suit these restrictions. Communal surfaces are wiped down before each class and we have plenty of disinfectant, soap and hot water available. We are using large spacious rooms that are ventilated regularly, in conformity with the current official recommendations and regulations. If you have any concerns regarding these conditions, please feel free to contact Priscilla Bergey or Grace Holme.

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre's cover photo
22/04/2020

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre's cover photo

Old photos from Model Monster Model 2013- Another great show!
21/04/2020

Old photos from Model Monster Model 2013- Another great show!

13/03/2020

Sorry folks, But the Ensemble and Lab class will be canceled until March 28 . I will check in with you again the day before to let you know if we need to cancel further dates. But till then, stay well !

28/01/2020

February class times
Lab and Ensemble class
February 1 , 11-13.15
February 8 No class
February 15, 11-13.15 for lab and till 15.00 for ensemble.
February 22,, 11-13.15 for lab and till 15.00 for ensemble.
February 29, 11-13.15 for lab and till 15.00 for ensemble.

The new term starts in March. The class times stay the same.We will be dedicating most of the time to the creating of our play which will be performed on May 9 and 10.

Our "Tree" Project is filling up quickly , so if you are interested in participating contact Grace right now. Meanwhile ...
23/01/2020

Our "Tree" Project is filling up quickly , so if you are interested in participating contact Grace right now. Meanwhile here are some stunning photos taken by Zoe Underwood of our December performance"Organic matter Medley". we will be using some of these elements in our new show in May.

Hello BIYT friends & supporters!On February 4 we will begin an exciting new theatre project open to everyone (10-75+) al...
16/01/2020
Get involved! – ETB | IPAC & BIYT project about trees | English Theatre Berlin

Hello BIYT friends & supporters!
On February 4 we will begin an exciting new theatre project open to everyone (10-75+) all about TREES 🌱🌳🌲🌴we are currently looking for participants of all ages & backgrounds to join us! So if you are interest, or know people who would be, please click the link below for more details or email [email protected] :) places are filling up fast, so don't forget to send an email to secure your spot! https://www.etberlin.de/2020/01/get-involved-etb-ipac-biyt-project-about-trees/

10. January 2020 – 15:51 Get involved! – ETB | IPAC & BIYT project about trees ANNOUNCEMENT: BRAND NEW THEATER PROJECT If trees could talk, what would they say? This year English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center is pioneering a brand new theater project open to everyone! We ...

06/01/2020

Greetings! A change in times. The lab class will now be starting at 10.45. We will begin working on a play together.with the Ensemble group. The lab class goes till 1.00, while the other group continues till 3.00.

31/12/2019

Happy New Year Everyone!
I'm looking forward to the New Year with the incredibly brilliant BIYTers creating more amazing work. and having more fun than ever believed possible. How's that for exageration?

CLASSES START again (already) this Saturday January 4. At the theater. See you there!

11/11/2019

The new term for
Biyt
starts November 23, 2019 to February 29, 2020.
The next Free Probestunde/Taster sessions
will be held November 16 and 23.
We will be having our end of the year performance on Saturday December 14 for the Ensemble and Sunday December 15 for the Lab and Ignite group. The performance is based on our explorations of the inner life of organic forms. For example, what do Rocks talk about?

Feathers in the FireWhat a beautiful show we had.  Neles mom took some lovely pictures,. And . also a video which Zoe to...
13/06/2019

Feathers in the Fire
What a beautiful show we had. Neles mom took some lovely pictures,. And . also a video which Zoe took will be coming out soon. So sad its all over already, but looking forward to the next one.!

03/05/2019

I'd love to see you all there!

Grace, our BIYT Ignite teacher, will be leading a Poetry & Performance project at the Schaubühne from April 22.-26 💃🕺✍Th...
06/04/2019

Grace, our BIYT Ignite teacher, will be leading a Poetry & Performance project at the Schaubühne from April 22.-26 💃🕺✍
The project is designed for 14-24 year olds, is completely FREE to attend and spots are still available!
Participants will be invited to develop their own unique poetry to be turned into a performance shown on April 26.
Whilst this is not a BIYT project, it's a great opportunity to keep your creative juices flowing through the Easter break 🐰
(Workshops will be held in German)
To register, email: [email protected]

*** Poetry & Performance ***
In den Osterferien gibt es bei uns wieder die Chance für eine Woche Poetry & Performance.
Als Gruppe von jungen Menschen schreibt ihr eigene Gedichte, verfasst Geschichten und performt sie auf der Bühne. Egal, ob ihr schon lange in Berlin lebt oder gerade erst hierher gezogen seid, zu Hause Deutsch, Arabisch, Türkisch, Albanisch oder eine andere Sprache sprecht, hier könnt ihr euch kennenlernen, Erinnerungen und Sprachen teilen, Besonderes und Alltägliches in Worte fassen. Aus alldem entstehen eure Texte. Und was euch bewegt wird am Ende zu eurer Performance.
*
Weitere Infos und Anmeldung:
https://www.schaubuehne.de/de/seiten/poetry-performance.html

The Time Travel Team
01/04/2019

The Time Travel Team

31/03/2019

Hi Everyone,
Thank you to the warm support of the parents our Lab play "The Time travel team" was a wonderful success. I will be posting some photos soon.The students performed beautifully and all were impressed. And now....
Spring is here! And the new term will start already April 6, 2019. After that many students will want to take their Spring break. And class will resume on May 4. Classes will be held over the holiday weekends in June as well.
As for the Ensemble class, they will be very busy this term preparing for their Premiere of their play"Feather in the Fire" on May 25, which eans quite a few extra rehearsals besides the usual saturday ones.

BIYT is looking for an intern 🎭 spread the word! This is a valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience for someone ...
18/02/2019
English Theatre Berlin

BIYT is looking for an intern 🎭 spread the word!
This is a valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience for someone interested in performance and working with children and young people 🌻
To apply, please send your CV to [email protected]berlin.de

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre, our youth theater program, is looking for a committed and passionate individual to support the rehearsals and productions of BIYT over a period of three months, beginning on March 1, 2019.

TASKS:
· Assisting the facilitation of rehearsals with all three of our youth theatre groups: Ignite (ages 8-10), LAB (ages 11-13) and Ensemble (ages 14-19)
· Working independently to fulfil designated tasks
· Providing production assistance
· Supporting the organisation of current BIYT productions by attending occasional meetings

REQUIREMENTS:
· Availability on Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm and occasional Sundays, with time off for Easter break, April 13 – 28
· Availability all day and evening on March 30 and May 25 & 26
· Good communication and organisational skills
· Passion for theatre and working with children and young people
· Working knowledge of English, German is a plus

OUR OFFER:
· Valuable experience in theatre education, workshop facilitation and production management
· Hands-on, direct involvement in the running of a youth theatre company
· The opportunity to work with three different age groups, ranging from ages 8 to 19
· Free tickets to all ETB | IPAC events for the period of the internship, including the Expo Festival (April 28 – May 4)

This internship is unpaid. Due to the minimum wage law that came into force in 2015, only students can be offered internships. It is also possible to do an internship as part of a professional reorientation or before starting studies.

https://www.etberlin.de/pedagogy-series/biyt/

🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR to all BIYT participants, friends, family members and supporters! 🎉Another exciting year of theatre mak...
02/01/2019

🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR to all BIYT participants, friends, family members and supporters! 🎉
Another exciting year of theatre making awaits us and we can't wait for classes to kick off this Saturday!
This includes our BRAND NEW class for 8-10 year olds 'BIYT Ignite', which will take place from 10-11.30 am at Reduta Schauspielschule, Gneisenaustraße 41 🎭
Spots are still available for all 3 classes. To sign up for a FREE Probestunde/taster session this Saturday, simply send an email to: [email protected]

11/12/2018
BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre

BIYT Berlin International Youth Theatre

Biyt is now accepting students for the next term
Along with our Ensemble and Lab groups we now have added a
NEW BIYT Ignite group for 8-10 year olds
which will be taught by Grace Holme

The next Free Probestunde/Taster sessions
will be held January 5, 2019.
Places are limited so please reserve your space now.

BIYT Ignite (ages 8 - 10)
We are excited to launch a brand new theatre program especially for children aged 8 to 10! These classes are designed to fire up the imagination and spark a love of theatre and performance. The focus is on having fun, gaining confidence, learning skills and making friends along the way. We will play theatre games, sing, move, dance, practice characterisation and work together to bring stories to life.
New term starts
January 05-March 30

BIYT Ignite 8 -10 year olds
Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am

BIYT Lab 11-13 year olds
Saturday’s 10.00am- 11.30 am

BIYT Ensemble 14-19 year olds
Saturdays 12.00 - 15.00 am

22/11/2018

Biyt is now accepting students for the next term
Along with our Ensemble and Lab groups we now have added a
NEW BIYT Ignite group for 8-10 year olds
which will be taught by Grace Holme

The next Free Probestunde/Taster sessions
will be held January 5, 2019.
Places are limited so please reserve your space now.

BIYT Ignite (ages 8 - 10)
We are excited to launch a brand new theatre program especially for children aged 8 to 10! These classes are designed to fire up the imagination and spark a love of theatre and performance. The focus is on having fun, gaining confidence, learning skills and making friends along the way. We will play theatre games, sing, move, dance, practice characterisation and work together to bring stories to life.
New term starts
January 05-March 30

BIYT Ignite 8 -10 year olds
Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am

BIYT Lab 11-13 year olds
Saturday’s 10.00am- 11.30 am

BIYT Ensemble 14-19 year olds
Saturdays 12.00 - 15.00 am

28/09/2018

Happy Autumn!
Classes are now in session and there are still a few places open.It looks like an exciting term ahead. We have already started working on our new play.But Im not saying what it is! This time we shall have the end performance to the Ensemble play in the end of March.Details to come later.

03/07/2018

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this wonderful show. Thanks to the audience who came, and the audience who didn, you really missed something special. if anyone has some photos please send them in so we can post them. We are working on the video throughout the summer. Have a great summer everyone! See you in September!

Tribal Schmibal
18/05/2018

Tribal Schmibal

18/05/2018

We are feverishly preparing for our upcoming performance on June 29 and 30 and July 1 at 7pm . I will be happy to see you all there!

12/03/2018

10 good ways to look at it

The BIYT winter term performance will be this saturday. Its a closed showing , but just to let you know what the BIYT Ensemble has been up to.....

What if you would ask 15 teenagers what they consider to be goodness?
What if you would keep a diary about doing good actions every day for one week?
Where is the goodwill located in a human body?
And where can we find the goodwill in the society?

During this winter term the crew of 15 international youths took an open minded journey towards creating their own devised piece. Under the guidance of two directors they explored the eternal theme of goodwill through movement, writing,
discussion and improvisation as individuals and as the ensemble. Along the way the group got to “dip their toes” into the world of documentary theatre methods. In the show the interviews they made during the process turned into a stage action and became part of the story.
Directed by Ida Koski and Assistant Director Kirsten Bothof

03/03/2018

Biyt will be accepting new students starting April 7, 2018. The next Free Probestunde/Taster sessions will be held April 7 and April 14 .
Places are limited so please reserve your space now.

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Berlin International Youth Theatre (BIYT)

- Rebecca Fixemer, Winner of the Acting Student of the Year award 2017 at the Institute of the Arts, Barcelona

BIYT is a unique, innovative theater ensemble open to children and young people aged 8-20 from many different countries, cultures, ages, and schools. Our goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to connect with like-minded young people, develop performance skills and create their very own high-quality theatre productions in English. Our teachers offer expert theater training in a supportive and safe environment, using a combination of modern and ancient storytelling and performance techniques. Our annual professional productions engage the fantasy of young and old, while encouraging the audience and actors to think beyond the fantasy and examine the deeper issues of the play. The group was founded in 2008 at English Theatre Berlin. Students from all school between the ages of 8-20 with a working knowledge of English are welcome to join.

BIYT Ignite (ages 8 - 10) Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am In 2019 we launched a brand new theater program especially for children aged 8 to 10! These classes are designed to fire up young imaginations and spark a love of theater and performance. The focus is on having fun, gaining confidence, learning skills and making friends along the way. We play theater games, move, dance, practice characterisation and work together to bring stories to life.

The BIYT Lab (ages 11-14) Saturdays 11:00 am -13:30 The focus of these classes is discovering the magic of theater. The process involves stretching and strengthening the basic tools of acting that everyone already has – the imagination, body and voice. The first part of the class consists of fun, relaxing theater games to free the imagination, make us feel comfortable within the group and inspire self-confidence. The second part focuses on scene building exercises and improvisations which work towards the creation of original text.

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