Welcome


Welcome to the Union of Swiss Theatres (UST). Our Association is the umbrella group of the most important professional theatres in Switzerland. It comprises of 29 theatres and 2,700 full-time and 2,300 part-time employees. There are also 16 operations in German-speaking Switzerland, and 13 stages situated in the francophone area; forming the Union des théâtres romands (UTR), these entities constitute a self-contained portion of the UST.


We promote swiss theatres


The Union of Swiss Theatres main purpose is to act in support of these theatres’ interests by: protecting the cultural diversity of Swiss theatre; safeguarding their fundamental existence; promoting their artistic output; and also to promote communication between the theatres themselves, between the different language regions of Switzerland and also between the worlds of culture, theatre and politics.

Members


Within the Union of Swiss Theatres there are 29 member theatres with a total of roughly 2,700 full-time and 2,300 part-time employees. Of these, there are 16 operating in the German and 13 in the French-speaking region of Switzerland respectively. Over a period of, on average, nine months, 23 theatres prepare and put on a diverse range of their very own productions in music, dance and spoken theatre for the public. They can preside over permanent or – from time to time – newly assembled ensembles made up of professional artists, and also technical backstage staff and administration personnel. Usually these theatres possess their own workshops – capable of building their own sets and stage design; and their own studios – where they can produce costumes and props etc. The other six theatres are theatre venues. They offer an attractive yearly program of features from theatre companies, travelling theatres and artists from Switzerland, but also from other European countries and indeed the world.

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Employees

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Events at Home

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Events Out of Town

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Paying Guests


Federally Designed


The Union of Swiss Theatres UST (Schweizerischer Bühnenverband) is an association classed as per article 60 of the civil code. The Union unifies all the theatres affiliated to it in German-speaking Switzerland. The theatres of the francophone areas of Switzerland are part of the Union des Théâtres Romands (UTR), which is an independent group associated with the UST. The main organs of the UST are:

The General Assembly
This comprises of the executive board and the committee members and honorary members of the UST. This is the voting body of the organisation, it approves the annual report of the president and decides on statute changes.

The Executive Board
The board is made up of the artistic and commercial directors of the member theatres. It specifically decides on the accession of new members, the budget and the annual financial statements, the UST’s programme of activity, as well as the political, legal social and various other questions and issues which are submitted to it by the committee.

The Committee
This consists of the president, two vice-presidents, the managing director, a syndic, as well as members elected by the executive board and a representation from the Union des Théâtres Romands. It is the leading organ of the UST which prepares business for the executive board meeting of members and also deals with questions given to it from these bodies.

The Administration Office
This is run by the managing director, and processes all the business connected with the UST bodies, as well as the day-to-day duties of the Union. These tasks include administration, organisational work, public relations and documentation processing.

The Syndic
The syndic is an independent lawyer elected by the executive board, who advises the UST on all relevant legal matters.

The Audit Division
It checks the annual financial statements of the UST and provides the executive board with financial reports and proposals.

Our Committee

News

May 9, 2019

New website and logo

Since may 2019 we present us in a brand new look. Your enthusiastic feedback is very appreciated!

Contact


Office
Gibraltarstrasse 24
CH-6003 Luzern

T +41 41 241 00 58
E-mail: info@theaterschweiz.ch
Legal Service
Dr. Maurice Courvoisier
Advocate

Walder Wyss
Aeschenvorstadt 48
Postfach
4010 Basel

T +41 58 658 10 00
F +41 58 658 59 59
E-mail: maurice.courvoisier@walderwyss.com

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