Copenhagen International Theatre is the primary force behind international performing arts in Denmark.

By applying our huge international network and in close collaboration with local institutions and partners our organisation has produced more than 50 international festivals, workshops and seminars etc. presenting more than 1500 invited artists, ensembles and companies over the past 30 years.

Copenhagen International Theatre seeks to constantly break the established notions of art and performing arts by presenting completely new genres and trends within performing arts in the broadest sense. On the whole, we wish to create a unique variety of performing arts, which excites and inspires Danish audience and professional arts communities alike.

The all important cultural expression, the living, the original, the infinite and the vital are important keywords for Copenhagen International Theatre, which is precisely why we, in 2007, launched a new festival which will run until 2017.


With METROPOLIS Copenhagen International Theatre moves out of the settings of the traditional theatre and into the city in order to create art, life and debate on the creative city. Over a 10-year period, METROPOLIS will challenge and transform urban space through artistic experiences, which play with the boundary between everyday life and staging. That the international art concepts are subject to rapid development is evident with a festival as Metropolis, where the focus is on art experiences in the public domain.

The METROPOLIS festival is held in August in uneven years until 2017. Even years are reserved for the development laboratory METROPOLIS LABORATORY. 


Copenhagen International Theatre also continues its involvement in one of the newer performing arts, Contemporary Circus. Back in 1987 Copenhagen International Theatre introduced this new genre to the Danish audience and has since organised annual contemporary circus activities. Since 2005, Copenhagen International Theatre has organised Contemporary Circus Festivals, which now are set to continue in August in even years (2010-12-14), all while we continuously focus on contemporary circus development activities in co-operation with Danish, Nordic and European partners.



Copenhagen International Theatre was established in 1979 as a non-profit cultural organisation initiated by Trevor Davies and is now an independent organisation.

Katrien Verwilt
Artistic direction and daily management

Trevor Davies
Artistic direction

Louise Kaare Jacobsen

Nils Engelbrecht
Production management

The artistic direction of Copenhagen International Theatre is: Trevor Davies and Katrien Verwilt, who's also in charge of the daily management.

Katrien Verwilt has an MA in Roman Philology and Theatre Studies from universities in Leuven (Belgium), Bologna (Italy) and Århus (Denmark), before she began her training with the Chaos Pilots. In 1994 she was headhunted to join the Copenhagen 96 Cultural Capital of Europe team, as international secretary. Since 1998 she has been with Copenhagen International Theatre on a permanent basis.

Trevor Davies, founder of Copenhagen International Theatre, originally a town planner. Later he was secretary general of the Aarhus Festival and Copenhagen 96 Cultural Capital of Europe as well as co-founder of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD). 2000-04 he was head of Salisbury International Arts Festival and 2004-06 of the New Writing Partnership, Norwich. Apart from being a part of the artistic direction of Copenhagen International Theatre.

Chairman: Erik Agergaard
Members: Bjørn Lense Møller, Katrine Winkelhorn, Peter Elsass, Dorte Skot-Hansen, Mette Høxbro and Tina Saaby.

Copenhagen International Theatre is primarily funded by the Danish Arts Council Committee for the Performing Arts, the Danish Arts Council and the City of Copenhagen. Individual festivals and programmes are supported by national and international funds and partners.

Previous festivals include the legendary Festivals of Fools, Japan on Stage, The British are Coming, Dancin' City, Images of Africa, Sommerscene, Dancin' World and other major festivals, seminars and projects. For more info visit the archives here.