The jury for the Theatertreffen chooses the ten productions invited to Theatertreffen and consists of seven theatre critics. These jurors are usually serving three years in succession. The jury is appointed jointly by the director of the Theatertreffen, the director of the Berliner Festspiele and the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Cornelia Fiedler was born in 1978 and studied Ethnology and Cultural Journalism in Munich. She has been working as a freelance journalist and critic since 2008, writing for media like Süddeutsche Zeitung, nachtkritik.de, Theater heute and Münchner Feuilleton. She also works as a lecturer in Media and Creative Writing seminars (both at universities and as part of trade union education programmes), as a ghost writer and a moderator. She was a jury member for Körber Studio Junge Regie in Hamburg (2015) and for the Mülheimer Theatertage (2017–2019).
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.
Georg Kasch was born in 1979 and studied Modern German Literature, Theatre Studies and Cultural Journalism in Berlin and Munich. Following a traineeship in Nürnberg, he returned to Berlin in 2010 and has since been working as an editor for nachtkritik.de. He also writes for daily newspapers like Berliner Morgenpost and magazines like Oper!, ZITTY and the Amnesty Journal and teaches at universities in Berlin, Munich and Mainz. He has been a jury member for the Brüder-Grimm-Preis and the Theaterpreis des Bundes, among others.
Born in Basel in 1960, he studied German Philology and worked as an arts editor for the Swiss broadcasting channel SRF 2. His texts have also been published in daily newspapers, radio and professional publications such as nachtkritik.de and Theater heute – with an emphasis on the communication of cultural events from the French-language region and their backgrounds.
Sabine Leucht was born in Neckarbischofsheim in 1966 and studied Journalism and Theatre Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She has been a freelance arts journalist there and, since 1998, in Munich, where she writes about theatre and increasingly also about dance, especially for Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz, nachtkritik.de, Theater der Zeit and Müncher Feuilleton. She has been a member of several juries, most recently for KinderStücke Mülheim (award jury 2016), the cultural department of the city of Munich (Advancement Award Theatre 2014–2018, expert jury for theatre for children and young people since 2019) and since 2017 for the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance (BLZT).
Petra Paterno was born in Oberpullendorf/Burgenland in 1971. She studied Theatre Studies in Vienna, Paris and New York, has worked as a theatre critic for various media since 1997 and has been a member of the arts editorial staff of Wiener Zeitung since 2003, with a focus on theatre coverage. She has been a member of various juries for several years, including the jury for the NESTROY-award, as well as a member of advisory boards for Performing Arts.
Franz Wille was born in Munich in 1960. He studied Theatre Studies as well as German and English Philology in Munich and obtained a D.Phil. From 1982–1986, he was a dramaturg at Theater der Freien Volksbühne in Berlin (Artistic Director Kurt Hübner). He has been editor of the magazine Theater heute since 1990.
New in the Jury for the 2022 Theatertreffen
With this year’s festival edition, Cornelia Fiedler (Cologne), Wolfgang Höbel (Hamburg) and Andreas Klaeui (Zurich) will conclude their jury membership. Mathias Balzer (Basel), Katrin Ullmann (Hamburg) and Sascha Westphal (Dortmund) will be appointed in their place.
Therefore, the jury of the Theatertreffen 2022 consists of the following members: Mathias Balzer, Georg Kasch, Sabine Leucht, Petra Paterno, Katrin Ullmann, Sascha Westphal and Franz Wille.