Freie Werkstatt Theater: Althentheatre Older Adult Theatre Ensemble (Germany)


Altentheater in Cologne, Germany, started in 1979 as one of the earliest theater groups for older people in Europe. It is part of the Freie Werkstatt Theater, a professional company that performs literary works and works that involve performers of all ages.

The actor-members of the Altentheater, who are usually in their mid-60s to mid-90s, co-create productions based on their personal histories. They tour all over Germany and beyond to perform for audiences of all ages. Members have built strong ties with one another; for some, Altentheater is a second family.

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subject terms

Aging & Longevity

Community Engagement

Creative Aging

related organization

Freie Werkstatt Theater

resource type



Altentheater, Cologne, Germany

art forms

Performing Arts, Theatre

program site type

Arts Organizations