Jury 2022

Elizabeth Blonzen


Elizabeth Blonzen, born 1968 in Gerolstein, lives in Berlin. Studied German philology, philosophy and psychology at the Comprehensive University of Essen and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, studied acting at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, Munich, numerous engagements at various theatres, including Münchner Kammerspiele, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. Work as an author, play “Schwarz tragen”, premiered at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, script for “Doppelpass”, audience award of the Neiße Film Festival, guest lecturer at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”, Berlin.

Ilias Botseas


Ilias Botseas, born in 1995 in Erbach (Odenwald), is currently studying theater studies and journalism at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
From 2017 to 2019, he was a young juror at the Theatertreffen der Jugend and an alumnus at the Tanztreffen der Jugend.
In 2019, he also served on the blog editorial board of Treffen junge Musik-Szene, on the social media team of Treffen junger Autor*innen, and as a guest speaker at Theater HochX on the topic of "Adultism in Theater."
Together with Antigone Akgün, he produced the radio play "Zwischen Marmor und Asphalt" (Between Marble and Asphalt) as part of the Frankfurt Forum 2020 of the Children's and Youth Theater Center in the Federal Republic of Germany and curated the audio venue tour of the Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2021.

Sakiye Boukari


Sakiye Boukari was born in Cologne in 2003. She attends the Q2/12th grade of a grammar school and will take her high school degree there in 2021. In age group 7 to 9 she attended a profile class music-theatre-media, but she has already been in touch with theatre at school since grade 1. She has been active in Schauspiel Köln since 2018. In 2019, she was invited as a delegate at the Theatertreffen der Jugend for the play “Concord Floral”. Meanwhile, she is in the ImportExport collective at Schauspiel Köln. She has many interests, including athletics and basketball, and has taken part in various competitions, such as reading competitions in German and French, Jugend debattiert or athletics. Her future plans are uncertain : ) .
“Theatre is simply the best thing that could ever happen to my character.”

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


Sebastian Mauksch develops theatre productions for children and young people. In the noughties he created the P14 Youth Theatre at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz together with young theatre-makers and they established the autonomous-collective-artistic way of working. Further collaboration with the mobile container theatre “Rollende Road Schau” in Berlin’s urban space. From 2008 productions in the Ballhaus Ost. He was a theatre lecturer for people with mental suffering and helper for refugees. From 2016, development and production of participatory theatre performances for children and young people in cooperation with the National Contests and Ballhaus Ost in Berlin.

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


Fynn Steiner was born in Bochum in 1999 and graduated from high school there in 2018. He became interested in the performing and visual arts at an early age and started to realize his first own projects with the "Gruppe aus 6" and the ARTIG- Kulturlabor at the age of 14. With the "Gruppe aus 6" and the production "Die Ungeborgenen" he participated in the Theatertreffen der Jugend in 2019. At the beginning of the year, together with other people interested in art, he founded the Institute for Everything, a cultural association by young people for young people; it organizes parties, exhibitions, concerts and an art festival in Bochum. Fynn Steiner says, "I wish for the young people to have the absolute freedom to be who they are on stage. I want them to have the courage to say what moves them and to take the space they need to do so. Because the opportunity to be outspoken and wild, to make your demands completely freely and to experiment with yourself and with theater as a medium is, for me, the most beautiful thing about youth theater."

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.