Helgard Haug studied Theatre Studies at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen. Both by herself and together with Daniel Wetzel and Stefan Kaegi, she produces under the label Rimini Protokoll. Their productions are located in the grey area between reality and fiction and have drawn great international attention. They have been developing their expert’s theatre both on stage and in the public sphere since 2000. Among these works, “Shooting Bourbaki” received the NRW Impulse Prize in 2003 and the collective was named Emerging Directors of the Year in the yearbook of Theater heute. Their production “Deadline” was invited to the 2004 Berlin Theatertreffen, “Schwarzenbergplatz” was nominated for the Austrian Nestroy-Prize and “Wallenstein – eine dokumentarische Inszenierung” was invited to the 2006 Berlin Theatertreffen. For productions like “Wallenstein”, “Karl Marx: Das Kapital. Erster Band” or “Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf Band 1 & 2“, Haug and Wetzel brought together experts from various political and social walks of life. They arranged their biographies and their relationships with the work, allowing for new points of view and opportunities for reception. When “Karl Marx: Das Kapital. Erster Band” received the Mülheim Dramatists‘ Award in 2007, it initiated an extensive debate about new forms of authorship and post-dramatic theatre. Rimini Protokoll received the German Theatre Award DER FAUST in 2007 and the European Theatre Award in 2008. In 2011, Rimini Protokoll’s oeuvre was distinguished with the Silver Lion of the 41st Venice Theatre Biennial. “Situation Rooms” (2013) was also presented at the Berlin Theatertreffen and “Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas (Chinchilla Arsehole, eyey)” (2019) is their latest production to be presented at the festival.
Apart from her work as an artist, Helgard Haug regularly works as a jury member and lecturer. She has held the “Christoph Schlingensief Visiting Professorship for Play Research” at Ruhr University Bochum and taught at the Danish School of Performing Arts, Zurich University of the Arts, University of Hawai'i, the Iuav University of Venice, Berlin University of the Arts, the Film University Babelsberg and Bergen School of Architecture in Norway. In 2012, Rimini Protokoll were appointed to the first Saarbrücken Poetics Lectureship.
Helgard Haug’s audio plays have also received numerous awards; most recently, she received the 2019 ARD Radio Play Award for “Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas” together with Thilo Guschas.
For a comprehensive biography, go to rimini-protokoll.de