The 2022 Jury

The Theatertreffen-jury 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.

Overview of the Theatertreffen-juries since 2004

Portrait of Mathias Balzer

Mathias Balzer

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Mathias Balzer

Mathias Balzer, born in Chur in 1967, is a co-founder and managing editor of the new Swiss online culture magazine Frida. From 2017 to 2021, he was cultural journalist for bzBasel and CHmedia. Previously, he had been the head of the editorial team for culture of Südostschweiz. Before he turned to cultural journalism, he worked in various functions of independent theatre. From 2006 to 2010, he was a dramaturg at Theater Chur under the artistic direction of Markus Luchsinger. He was a jury member of the Swiss Theatre Awards from 2014 to 2019.

Georg Kasch

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.

Portrait of Georg Kasch

Georg Kasch

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Portrait of Sabine Leucht

Sabine Leucht

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Sabine Leucht

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

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.

Portrait of Petra Paterno

Petra Paterno

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Portrait of Katrin Ullmann

Katrin Ullmann

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Katrin Ullmann

Katrin Ullmann was born in Heidelberg in 1971. She studied German Philology and Art History in Hamburg. Since 1998, she has worked as a freelance journalist and critic for media such as Theater heute, Tagesspiegel, taz, tanz, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Die Zeit. She has been a member of the jury for Hamburg’s Kulturbehörde (cultural authority) from 2011 to 2015 and once again since 2021 as well as a jury member of NPN (Nationales Performance Netz) since 2018.

Sascha Westphal

Born in Dortmund in 1971. He studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He has been working as a freelance cultural journalist and critic since 1994, for media including nachtkritik.de, Theater der Zeit and the magazine kultur.west. He has been a member of the latter’s editorial team since 2018. In 2014 and 2019, he was a member of the jury of critics for the NRW-Theatertreffen.

Portrait of Sascha Westphal

Sascha Westphal

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Portrait of Franz Wille

Franz Wille

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Franz Wille

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 2023 Theatertreffen

With this year’s festival edition, Mathias Balzer (Basel), Georg Kasch (Berlin) and Franz Wille (Berlin) will conclude their jury membership. Eva Behrendt (Berlin), Janis El-Bira (Berlin) and Valeria Heintges (Zurich) will be appointed in their place.

Therefore, the jury of the Theatertreffen 2023 consists of the following members: Eva Behrendt, Janis El-Bira, Valeria Heintges, Sabine Leucht, Petra Paterno, Katrin Ullmann and Sascha Westphal.