The umbrella organisation EAIPA was founded in September 2018.
EAIPA operates at B2B level, its members being interest groups or representatives of the individual member countries, which in turn represent the actors from the Independent Performing Arts field.
Therefore, EAIPA represents people, companies and theatres working in Europe’s independent Performing Arts sector, and it responds to Europe’s cultural policy making by collecting up-to-date information, initiating new policy proposals and by raising visibility for the needs and achievements of the sector.

The designation “independent performing arts community” includes all professional freelance theatre makers, artistic ensembles, independent institutions and structures working in the genres of dance, theatre, performance, music, children’s and youth theatre as well as overall interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary artistic work.

The European Association of Independent Performing Arts aims to set a basis for learning from one another and for creating synergies in order to jointly work together, to call for progressive changes in the financial and sociopolitical conditions within the independent performing arts communities.

To reach its goals, EAIPA organizes exchange formats, discussions, collects and compares data, compiles publications and presents information about all the results publicly, on a local, national and on a European level.

Working committees are focusing on specific issues, such as:

       – Regional collaborations in Europe
       – Identification of best-practice models

Furthermore, the organisation will work toward a high public profile of the European independent performing arts, highlighting the independent scene’s specific impact on Europe’s overall artistic landscape.

At the General Assembly in March 2019, Ulrike Kuner (President) presented her vision of the main work objectives and goals, to be a guideline to the forthcoming work of the board. Learn more.


BOARD MEMBERS November 2018 – November 2020

Ulrike Kuner

IG Freie Theaterarbeit /Austrian Association of Independent Performing Arts
Gumpendorferstraße 63B, AT – 1060 Wien

Lena Gustafsson

Teatercentrum Sweden
Hornsgatan 103, SE – 117 28 Stockholm

Fridrik Fridriksson

Association of Independent Theatres in Iceland
Tjarnargata 12, 101 Reykjavik

Davide D’Antonio

Etre associazione/CReSCo – Italy
Via Bergognone 34, ITA – 20144 Milano

Communication Manager
Axel Tangerding

Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V.
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, DEU – 10997 Berlin

Board Member
Nina Mariel Kohler

t. Theaterschaffende Schweiz / Professionnels du spectacle Suisse/
Professionisti dello spettacolo Svizzera
Waisenhausplatz 30, Atelier 157, CH – 3011 Bern