Karin Beier

Born in Cologne in 1965. From 1988 resident director at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen. Since 1995 productions in Hamburg, Munich, Hanover, Bonn, Bochum, Zurich and Cologne. Resident director at the Burgtheater, Vienna for five years. In 2007 she became artistic director of Schauspiel Köln, which was voted Theatre of the Year in the critics’s poll for Theater heute magazine in both 2010 and 2011. Her productions have won numerous awards, including “Die Schmutzigen, die Hässlichen und die Gemeinen”, which was voted Production of the Year in the critics’s poll for Theater heute magazine in 2010 and “Das Werk / Im Bus / Ein Sturz” which was named Best Production of 2011 by the magazine Die deutsche Bühne. Karin Beier was also awarded the Federal Republic of German’s Order of Merit 1st Class in September 2017 for her outstanding contribution to the theatre.

In the 2013/2014 season, Karin Beier became Artistic Director of the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg. In her first season, she directed the classical marathon “Die Rasenden”. In the 2014/2015 season, this was followed by “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov and Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Henceforward” in the Main Theatre and “Pfeffersäcke im Zuckerland & Strahlende Verfolger” in the MalerSaal.

In the 2015/2016 season, she directed “Schiff der Träume (And the Ship Sails on)” after Federico Fellini, which was invited to open the Theatertreffen 2016. She also directed the German language premiere of Michel Houellebecq’s “Submission” in February 2016, which attracted considerable national and international attention. Lead actor Edgar Selge was voted Actor of the Year in the critics’s poll for Theater heute magazine for his performance as François and awarded the German Theatre Prize DER FAUST. After her production of “Hysteria – Gespenster der Freiheit (Ghosts of Freedom)”, based on motifs by Luis Buñuel and the German language premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s “The Who and the What” in the 2016/2017 season, Karin Beier opened the 2017/2018 season with “Tartare Noir”, based on motifs by Thomas Peckett Prest. She also directed William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” in January 2018 and opened the 2018/2019 season with Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. In January, she also premiered “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee at the SchauSpielHaus. Karin Beier opened the 2019/2020 season at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera “Die Nase (The Nose)”. In the 2019/2020 season, Karin Beier directed Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov” on the stage of the SchauSpielHaus. She opened the 2020/2021 season with the world premiere of Rainald Goetz’s “Reich des Todes (Empire of Death)” on 11 September 2020. The production was invited to the Theatertreffen 2021 and the Mülheimer Theatertage.

As of April 2021

Karin Beier

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