The Jury of the Theatertreffen 2019

The jury for the Theatertreffen is made up of seven theatre critics. These honorary jurors are allowed to serve for no longer than three years in succession. The jury is appointed by the head of the Theatertreffen and the director of the Berliner Festspiele.

The Jury of the Theatertreffen © Iko Freese /
The jury of the Theatertreffen. f.l.t.r. Dorothea Marcus, Christian Rakow, Shirin Sojitrawalla, Andreas Klaeui, Eva Behrendt, Wolfgang Höbel, Margarete Affenzeller
Margarete Affenzeller
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Margarete Affenzeller, Vienna

Margarete Affenzeller was born in Freistadt / Upper Austria in 1971 and studied German Philology and History at the University of Vienna. She has been a permanent member of the arts section of the Austrian daily newspaper “Der Standard” since 1997; since 2007, her editorial focus has been on writing about theatre. She has been a member of various juries for several years, including the Nestroy Theatre Award and the Ö1 Award for Radio Plays. She is a correspondent for the magazine “Theater der Zeit”.

Eva Behrendt
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Eva Behrendt, Berlin

Eva Behrendt was born in 1973 and studied History, Literature and Theatre Studies in Mainz, Dijon and Berlin. Since 2001, she has been a freelance editor for the magazine “Theater heute” as well as a writer for the “taz”-newspaper, the public radio channel Deutschlandfunk Kultur and others. She has been on the juries for the festival Impulse, the Berlin Senate, the Berlin Theatertreffen from 2008-2010, the festival Politik im Freien Theater (Politics in Independent Theatre) and for the Capital Cultural Fund.

Wolfgang Höbel
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Wolfgang Höbel, Hamburg

Born in Kaufbeuren in 1962, he studied Modern German Literature and Journalism in Munich. He has been a music and theatre critic for “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “Tempo” since 1985 and an arts editor of “Der Spiegel” since 1994.

Andreas Klaeui
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Andreas Klaeui, Zurich

Born in Basel in 1960, he studied German Philology and worked as an arts editor for the Swiss broadcasting channel SRF 2. Until 2008, Andreas Klaeui was senior editor of “du – Die Zeitschrift für Kultur”. Since then, he has been writing reviews and reports for various media, including “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”, “NZZ am Sonntag” as well as several German daily newspapers, radio and professional publications such as “nachtkritik” and “Theater heute”. His areas of expertise are theatre and classical music as well as the communication of cultural events from the French-language region and their backgrounds. Andreas Klaeui lives in Zurich and Paris. He is on the board of foundation of Schweizerische Goethe-Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft (Swiss Goethe-Foundation for Art and Science) and on the board of Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Theaterkultur (Swiss Society for Theatre Culture).

Dorothea Marcus
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Dorothea Marcus, Cologne

Dorothea Marcus was born in 1969 and studied German Philology and History at FU Berlin. She has been a freelance cultural journalist since 1999 – first based in Freiburg, then in Cologne – for the “taz”-newspaper, the public radio channels Deutschlandfunk and WDR, for the magazine “Theater heute” and the online portal “”, among others. She was a jury member for the Cologne Theatre Award, NRW-Theatertreffen and the NRW Jugendtheatertreffen “Westwind” (conference of theatres for young people in North Rhine-Westphalia). From 2009 to its termination in 2014, she was editor-in-chief for the theatre magazine “aKT” in Cologne. She teaches “Writing about dance and theatre” for the degree course “Dance and movement culture” at the German Sport University Cologne.

Christian Rakow
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Christian Rakow, Berlin

Christian Rakow was born in Rostock in 1976 and studied German Philology and Philosophy in Rostock, Sheffield and Berlin. In 2010, he obtained a doctorate in Literary Studies at the University of Münster, supervised by Prof. Dr. Moritz Baßler. His dissertation “Die Ökonomien des Realismus – Kulturpoetische Untersuchungen zur Literatur und Volkswirtschaftslehre 1850-1900” (The Economies of Realism – Cultural poetic investigations on literature and political economy 1850-1900) was published by DeGruyter in 2013. Christian Rakow is an editor for the online portal “” and a theatre critic for “Theater heute” and “Berliner Zeitung”, among others.

Shirin Sojitrawalla
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Shirin Sojitrawalla, Wiesbaden

Shirin Sojitrawalla was born in Freiburg/Breisgau in 1968. She studied German Philology, Political Science and Comparative Studies, followed by a traineeship with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. Since 2000, she has been working as a freelance cultural journalist for various media. Her chief interest lies in theatre and literature, with excursions into the fields of visual arts and film. Currently, she mainly writes for the online portal “”, the newspaper “taz”, “Theater der Zeit”, “Frankfurter Rundschau” and the public radio channel Deutschlandfunk as well as “Wiener Zeitung”. Furthermore, she organizes festivals, conducts interviews and moderates readings.

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The database with all productions, theatres and directors since 1964 as well as the Stückemarkt authors.