Jury 2020

Antigone Akgün

Frankfurt am Main

Born in Frankfurt/Main in 1993. She studies theatre, film and media studies, Greek philology, philosophy and classical archeology at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Parallel to her studies, she has already worked on- and backstage with Lina Majdalanie, Laurent Chétouane, Felix Rothenhäusler and Prodomos Tsinikoris. She was a fellow of the Ancient Greek Drama School in Epidaurus in 2013 and has been a member of the European Network for Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Theatre since 2014. In addition to her studies, she has created various works as a freelance performance artist and author in various languages. She has won award from several institutions, among them Freies Deutsches Hochstift and the Hessian Association of Classical Philologists, and in the international competition Certamen Ciceronianum Arpinas. She has been a member of Junges Schauspiel Frankfurt since 2015 and took part in its guest performance of “Frankfurt Babel” at the 37th Theatertreffen der Jugend and at Festiwalla 2016.

Elizabeth Blonzen


Born in Gerolstein/Eifel in 1968. From 1988 to 1990, she studied German philology, philosophy and psychology in Essen and Munich. From 1990 to 1993, she studied acting at Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. This was followed by engagements at numerous theatres, among them Münchner Kammerspiele, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Schaubühne Berlin and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Since 2004, she has also worked as an author. Her first television screenplay was produced by ARD in 2008. The cinema short film “Doppelpass” (2012) was screened at the “11mm” Film Festival in Berlin, at a film festival in Rio de Janeiro and various others. In 2013, she received the special jury award at the Neiße Film Festival. In 2013, she acted in the world premiere of the play “Schwarz tragen” at Ballhaus Naunynstraße. She has been a guest actor at Maxim Gorki Theater since 2013.

Carmen Grünwald-Waack


Born in 1981 in Gießen. Studied Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice at the University of Hildesheim with a major focus on theatre. Since 1990, she has worked on her own artistic projects. Theatre education work since 1996, among others with the German Scout Association, on the Bolivian street project Ojo Morado, at the Junges Schauspiel Hannover and at the UnArt-Festival in Dresden und Berlin. Co-founded the Hildesheim theatre and performance collective Fräulein Wunder AG in 2006. Young jury member at the Theatertreffen der Jugend in 2008 and 2009. Teacher at the University of Hanover on the study programme Performing Arts, at the HBK Braunschweig, at the UDK Berlin and at the University of Hildesheim. Director of Theatre Education/Junges Staatstheater at the Staatstheater Braunschweig in 2010.

Canip Gündogdu


Born in Tavşanlı, Turkey, in 1978, Canip Gündogdu has been living in Bielefeld for 19 years. After studying Educational Sciences and training as a theatre educator, he now heads intercultural theatre projects in Germany and abroad as well as integrative theatre projects and productions featuring school students from all levels of education. His main interest lies in clown and theatre workshops for children, young people and adults. For several years, he has been heading theatre groups at Stadttheater Minden, in Gütersloh and Bielefeld. The productions “Parallele Welten I – Die Insel”, “Parallele Welten II – Ehrlos” and Gruppe Wunderbar with their production “Blick nach vorn” were all invited to the Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin. Canip Gündogdu also works as a hospital clown, a trainer for vocational preparation schemes, and a teacher for LAG Spiel and for Theater NRW e. V.

Anne-Kathrin Holz


Born in 1963 in Güstrow, Mecklenburg. Studied at the Leipzig University and in Rostock. She has taught theatre, German and history at the Goethe Gymnasium Schwerin since 1991, where she founded acting as a compulsory elective subject, and as an upper school elementary course. Since 1991 she has been the ensemble director of the theatre group TaGGS, and develops and advises the annual school theatre productions for secondary level pupils. She has been invited several times with these productions to the Theatertreffen der Jugend and to the Schultheater der Länder (SdL). At the SdL 2013 in Schwerin, she was part of the festival preparation team and ran the festival magazine “off”. She has led various theatre workshops including the prizewinners’ meeting of the Körber Foundation’s History Competition.

Sebastian Mauksch


Born in 1971, he works as a freelance dramaturg in cultural education for theatre and performance art. He studied social and cultural work as well as theatre education in Kassel and Berlin. From 2001 to 2007, he was director of the P14 Youth Theatre at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, where he created a wide range of productions and performances. The company was invited to numerous international festivals, among them Theatertreffen der Jugend and Bundestreffen der Theaterjugendclubs. Between 2004 and 2006, he contributed to “Rollende Road Show”, a mobile container theatre. From 2008, he has directed productions of texts by David Lindemann, Helene Hegemann and Anne Tismer at Ballhaus Ost Berlin. Since 2010, he has created various artistic projects with mentally ill participants at Theater Freiburg. Together with artists’ collective Club Real, he has been developing an art and research project on the natural history of schools since 2014, for schools in Berlin. He has been teaching seminars at FH Potsdam, University of the Arts Berlin, FH Osnabrück and the Polish Theatre Institute in Warsaw.

Rieke Oberländer


Born in Braunschweig in 1982, she studied cultural studies, aesthetics and applied arts with a focus on theatre at the University of Hildesheim. She was a junior jury member at Theatertreffen der Jugend from 2003 to 2005 and became a jury member at various youth theatre festivals afterwards. From 2004 to 2007, she was the head of Stadttheater Hildesheim’s youth club. Since 2007, she has been a drama teacher and head of the department of theatre education at Theater Bremen, where she developed workshops for schools and educational institutions, teacher trainings as well as her own productions both with young and older people. From 2010 to 2015, she was director of the Forum at Theatertreffen der Jugend.

Fynn Steiner


Lea Taake


Lea Taake was born in Hannover in 1999 and finished her school education in 2017. She worked as an actor and an assistant director in school theatre and independent groups for several years. Since 2014/15, she has been involved in several youth theatre clubs and productions of Junges Schauspiel Hannover, including projects with Paul Schleswig and the artists’ collective Performing Group. Since 2013, she has been a moderator and producer at the local radio station radio leinehertz 106.5, where she currently hosts the morning show. She was invited to the 2017 Theatertreffen der Jugend with the production “Katzelmacher” and took part in the alumni project “unantastbar” at the 2017 Tanztreffen der Jugend.

Laura Völkel


Laura Völkel was born in Spremberg in 1997 and is currently studying Sport Sciences at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. She was a performer in the Theatre Youth Club at Piccolo Theater in Cottbus under its artistic director Matthias Heine for six years. As part of the youth club, she went on to work with Marcel Sparmann, Zaida Ballesteros Parejo and Golde Grunske among others. In 2017, she was a performer in the production “KRG.”, which was invited to the National Conference of Youth Clubs at Theatres, and in “sag alles ab”, which was presented at the 38th Theatertreffen der Jugend. She received an award in the category Theatre for Children and Young People from the Association of German Amateur Theatres amarena for the play “Touch Down” in 2016 and in 2018, she won the special award “Nah dran! – Ein Preis für Demokratietheater” for “KRG.” Currently, she can be seen as a guest performer at Piccolo Theater Cottbus.