Access Maker: Inclusive approaches to the theatre – final event
Date: 05.03.2024, 12:30 am – 3 pm
Venue: Junges Schauspiel, Münsterstraße 446, 40470 Duesseldorf

The COMEDIA Theatre Köln, Theater Dortmund and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus provide an insight into the three-year model project. Initiated and accompanied for three years by Un-Label.

What does it mean to consistently and creatively set out to become more accessible to people with disabilities as a theater? After a welcoming address by Gonca Türkeli-Dehnert, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, artistic directors, staff and consultants from the three theaters will share their experiences of this inclusive opening journey. Talks, presentations, films and practical examples will focus on access for visitors with disabilities, new aesthetics in productions, accessibility of the theaters for artists and employees with disabilities. Ultimately, in discussions with representatives from the funding and cultural policy side, the question is: How can the transformation to an inclusive cultural landscape in Germany succeed?

You are also very welcome to attend a performance of the dance and theater spectacle by Takao Baba Time to Shine before the closing event, which is equally accessible to hearing, hard of hearing and deaf visitors. It starts at 11 am.


    Moderation: Jérôme Jussef Lenzen
  • 12:30 clock           Marketplace: presentations of the 3 houses and Un-Label, exchange, networking
  • 1:00 clock          Welcome by Wilfried Schulz, General Director of the Duwsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
  • 1:05 clock         Greeting from Gonca Türkeli-Dehnert, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW
  • 1:15 clock          Short presentation of the project Access Maker

    Lisette Reuter, Director and Charlott Dahmen, Project management, Un-Label

  • 1:25 clock          Film + Talk: Changing access – opening up to audiences with disabilities

    With Dany Handschuh, Dramaturge Junge Oper, Theatre Dortmund / Patrizia Kubanek, Performer and consultant Un-Label / Alex Schaefers, Dramaturge, COMEDIA Theatre Cologne, Cornelia Walter, Artistic project manager, Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus / Amy Zayed, Cultural journalist and consultant Un-Label

  • 2:00 clock          Film + Talk: Structural change – aesthetic, conceptual, comprehensive

    With Dodzi Dougban, Dancer and consultant Un-Label / Stefan Fischer-Fels, Artistic Director of Junges Schauspiel, Duesseldorf / Andreas Gruhn, Director KJT, Theatre Dortmund / Manuel Moser, Artistic Director, COMEDIA Theatre Cologne / Yulia Yáñez Schmidt, Actress Junges Schauspiel, Düsseldorf

  • 2:35 clock           Prospect Access Maker II
    With MdB Helge Lindh, Spokesperson on cultural and media policy and democracy policy for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Max Wagner, General Manager Beisheim Stiftung and Lisette Reuter, Director Un-Label
  • from 2:50 clock Marketplace, Closing

    • Access for wheelchair users
    • Interpreting German Sign Language (DGS) – German spoken language
    • Assistance dogs welcome

Charlott Dahmen
Email:, phone: +49 (221) 5501544
Project website Access Maker

Access Maker is funded by:
Aktion Mensch, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, The Power of the Arts and Kämpgen Foundation