With the goal of creating an international information platform
for drama and translations of plays, the Finnish Theatre Information
Centre (TINFO), London's Gate Theatre, Maison Antoine Vitez in France,
the Theater Instituut Nederland (TIN), the German Centre of the
International Theatre Institute (ITI Germany) and the Information
Centre for Drama in Europe have launched the Internet portal
This initiative was supported as a pilot project with funds from
the EU programme "Culture 2000". Following this one-year
sponsorship by the EU, in December 2004 the German ITI Centre assumed
responsibility for running the service.
playservice.net has been online since March 2005, providing free
and searchable information on exchange and translation projects
relating to contemporary theater, plays and play translations.
The portal is comprised of two main areas. The first provides information
on organizations, theatres and projects dealing with contemporary
drama (includes short descriptions and links to the websites of
participants). The other area is dedicated to plays and play translations.
Users can research translations in various national databases via
a central search engine.