Eclectic Theatre was founded in January 2005 in Dresden with the aim of promoting English language culture and intercultural communication through the performing arts with particular emphasis on public performances of plays.
Eclectic Theatre is a free and independent theatre group in every sense. Our members and supporters include people from all walks of life and from many different countries. Our choice of plays is not limited in any way, except that they are performed in English. From Greek tragedy to the contemporary scene, we produce involving and engaging theatre within a wide range of possibilities and styles.
As resident theatre group at the Theaterhaus Rudi in Dresden, Eclectic Theatre e.V. is a member of the Landesverband AmateurTheater Sachsen e.V. (LATS), which is the umbrella organisation for amateur theatre groups in Saxony, and cooperates with The Dresden Anglo-German Association.
Eclectic Theatre is international and multicultural. The mix of members and supporters over the time comprises students and professionals from Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the UK, the USA and South Africa.
The artistic director, Michael Halstead, who is also from the UK, has been involved in theatre as an actor, director and playwright. His first play on the life of the composer Anton Bruckner was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1982 where it was nominated for a Fringe First award. From 1991 to 1998 he had lived in Prague where he had been the Artistic Director of the Exposure Theatre Company, before he came to Dresden in 2000 where he has worked as a freelance teacher and translator besides his ongoing involvement in the performing arts.