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Entries in Germany (12)

Saturday
Dec102011

Ableev, Daniel (Germany)

Daniel Ableev was born in Novosibirsk in 1981. He studied comparative literature and English and American literature. Daniel Ableev lives in Bonn, carrying out freelance research into oddities. He writes for Legacy and composes for "Freuynde + Gaesdte". His first publications include Xass (edition nove), Sansabienne in the Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2009 (S. Fischer) and Wahnsinniggi (Autumnus).

d`Arquette, a play by Daniel Ableev and Christian Kellner, bears the subtitle A biting satire in one act. It was awarded second prize in the Dutch-German children’s and youth theatre festival Kaas & Kappes 2011.

Saturday
Dec102011

Baltscheit, Martin (Germany)

Martin Baltscheit was born in Düsseldorf on 16 September 1965. He studied communication design in Essen. From 1986 to 1992 he was a member of the Junges Ensemble Düsseldorf theatre. He began by drawing comics, and then devoted himself mainly to writing and illustrating books. He has also made many radio plays and cartoon films.

Martin Baltscheit’s play Die besseren Wälder is a modern fairy tale about topical questions of cultural identity. It was awarded German Youth Theatre Prize 2010 and was included in the pool of plays of Kaas & Kappes 2010.

Saturday
Dec102011

Dröscher, Daniela (Germany)

Daniela Dröscher was born in Munich in 1977. She lives in Berlin, and writes prose, essays and plays. Since 2008, she has been studying scenic writing at the UniT in Graz and received a scholarship from the writers’ workshop Prosa 2008 of the literarisches colloquium berlin.

Her first novel Die Lichter des George Psalmanazar (The Lights of George Psalmanazar) was published by Berlin Verlag in August 2009, and was followed by her short story collection Gloria in autumn 2010. Works for the theatre followed, including Als wäre ich Papier (As If I Were Paper), a play for young people, and a new version of Madame Bovary, which she co-authored with Christian Weise.

Winner of the "Wortschatz Rhineland-Palatinate” writers’ competition, and third prize in the Dutch-German children’s and youth theatre festival Kaas & Kappes.

Saturday
Dec102011

Fechner, Charlotte Luise (Germany)

Charlotte Luise Fechner was born in Berlin in 1979 and studied English literature and drama in London. She has been living and working in Cologne since 2002 as a freelance writer, translator, drama lecturer and online writer/editor. She works at independent theatres and on short film projects and directed the 2880 short film festival in Leverkusen from 2004 to 2008. In 2010, she received a workshop scholarship from the Juergen Ponto Foundation. She is working on her first novel and on theatre texts as well as lecturing in drama and working as an online author/editor.

Her play Schneeschuhhasen im Glas (Snowshoe Hares in a Glass) was awarded third prize in the Dutch-German children’s and youth theatre festival Kaas und Kappes 2011 and invited to the Frankfurt Authors Forum for Children’s and Youth Theatre 2011.

Thursday
Apr072011

Hübner, Lutz (Germany)

Lutz Hübner was born at Heilbronn in 1964. After studying German, philosophy and sociology at Münster University, he trained as an actor at the Saarbrücken Staatliche Hochschule. He then worked as an actor and director in Saarbrücken, Aachen, Neuss and Magdeburg. Since 1996, he has worked as a freelance writer and director. He lives in Berlin. Recent plays include ‘Das Herz eines Boxers’ (Heart of a Boxer) (1996), Creeps (2000), Hotel Paraiso (2004) and Ehrensache (Respect) (2005). In 1998, he won the German Youth Theatre Prize for ‘Heart of a Boxer’.

Saturday
Dec102011

Isermeyer, Jörg (Germany)

Jörg Isermeyer was born in Bad Segeberg in 1968. Before studying psychology, sociology and education, he busked his way through Europe. After graduating, he taught improvisation and street theatre at the Georg August University of Göttingen. Today, Jörg Isermeyer is a freelance artist who lives in Berlin. He works as a writer, drama teacher, director, actor, musician and composer. Among other things, he runs prison theatre groups and holds street theatre workshops in Germany and abroad.

The growing gap between rich and poor children in Germany was the subject of the writers’ competition for the Berlin Children’s Theatre Prize in 2009, for which Jörg Isermeyer wrote the play Ohne Moos nix los. It was awarded the Berlin Children’s Theatre Prize 2009 and nominated for the KinderStückePreis 2011.

Friday
Nov182016

Kristo Šagor (Germany) 

Kristo Šagor is a playwright, director and lecturer. Born in 1976 in Stadtoldendorf, Germany, and raised in Lübeck, he now currently resides in Berlin.  

Kristo studied German literature, linguistics and theater at Free University of Berlin and at Trinity College Dublin. He has directed throughout Germany, including at the National Theater Mannheim, Schauspielhaus Bochum and Staatsschauspiel Dresden. Kristo's plays have been produced throughout Germany and internationally, including Australia and the United States. He currently teaches at University of Hildesheim. 

In 2008 Kristo received the German theater prize "DER FAUST" for his staging of "Törleß" at Schauspielhaus Hamburg. His plays are published by Gustav Kiepenheuer Bühnenvertriebs-GmbH.

[Photo by is Helge Ferbitz]

Saturday
Dec102011

Müller, Michael (Germany)

Michael Müller was born in Lübeck in 1959. He studied art and politics at the University of Hildesheim before taking a postgraduate drama education course in Remscheid. From 1991 onwards, he was public relations and education officer at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg before becoming dramaturge for its Junges Theater under managing director Tom Stromberg in 2000. Currently, Michael Müller is a dramaturge/writer and project coordinator for drama education at the Junges Schauspielhaus in Hamburg.

In his play Über die Grenze ist es nur ein Schritt (It is Just a Step Across the Border), Michael Müller draws attention to the personal experience of the young African Dede Afful and uses his story to trace a plight representative of that of many migrants. Awards include the Mülheimer KinderStückePreis 2011 and nomination for the German Youth Theatre Prize 2010.

Saturday
Dec102011

Sigmund, Corinna (Germany)

Corinna Sigmund was born in Dachau in 1982. She studied comparative literature, philosophy and theatre studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris.

Since 2008, she has been a member of the trinational postgraduate group on “Europe’s founding myths in art, literature and music“ at the Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn. Corinna Sigmund has taken part in university literature courses, poetry groups and writers’ workshops. Since 2009, she has been cooperating on the “Junge Bühne” project at Theater Marabu in Bonn. In June 2009, she was a scholarship holder at the 13th Klagenfurt Literature Course.

Corinna Sigmund’s first work Hello – Goodbye is a number of different plays at the same time. It is a play about love, the tragedy of family, the madness of one’s own mind and the eternal longing for I-don’t-know-what. At the heart of the play, however, is the search for authentic feelings in the greatest metropolis of them all, the Internet. Hello – Goodbye earned the Sponsorship award, Youth Theatre Prize Baden-Württemberg 2010.

Saturday
Dec102011

Steiof, Franziska (Germany)

Franziska Steiof was born in 1962 and has worked as a freelance director, playwright and personal trainer for management consultancy firms since 1992. She has staged productions for theatres including the Städtische Bühnen Kiel, GRIPS Theater Berlin, Landestheater Schleswig, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Kampnagel Hamburg, Moks am Bremer Theater, Theater Triebwerk, Schauspiel Hannover and Junges Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. Franziska Steiof is a co-founder of the independent group DeichArt , lectures at the Federal Academy of Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel and is a drama group trainer.

Her play Undine, die kleine Meerjungfrau (Undine, the Little Mermaid) after H.C. Andersen and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, was nominated for KinderStückePreis 2010 and the German Children’s Theatre Prize 2010.

Saturday
Dec102011

Tawada, Yoko (Germany, Japan)

Yoko Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and studied literature (main subject: Russian literature) in Japan. She has been living in Germany since 1982, completing a doctorate in Modern German Literature with Sigrid Weigel in Hamburg. Yoko Tawada writes essays, prose, plays for the theatre, radio plays and poetry in German and Japanese. She has received many awards, including the Goethe Medal in 2005. During 2011, Yoko Tawada has held a guest professorship for intercultural poetry in Hamburg.

In her second children’s play, Mein kleiner Zeh war immer ein Wort, written for the Flensburg theatre workshop Pilkentafel, Yoko Tawada develops ever new worlds from the letters of the alphabet. It was nominated for the German Children’s Theatre Prize 2010 and also for the KinderStückePreis 2011.

Saturday
Dec102011

von Zadow, Ingeborg (Germany)

Ingeborg von Zadow was born in Berlin in 1970 and is a freelance writer who lives and works in Heidelberg. She studied applied drama in Giessen and completed a Master of Arts degree at the State University of New York. She participated in the Wolfenbüttel dramatists’ workshop for children’s and youth theatre. When she was just 22, her children’s plays Ich und du (I and You), Pompinien and Besuch bei Katt und Fredda (Visiting Katt and Freda) were immediate hits. Her plays strike a new note, finding their expression in musicality, rhythm and dialogue melody.

Ingeborg von Zadow’s play Über Lang oder Kurz is a play dealing with the subjects of friendship and acceptance with respect and humour. The text was written in the context of the Nah dran! Project of the Children’s and Youth People’s Theatre Centre in the Federal Republic of Germany (KJTZ), funded by the German Literature Fund. It was nominated for the KinderStückePreis 2011.