The Stückemarkt jury 2006 consisted of the following five theatre makers:
Lukas Bärfuss was born in Thun, Switzerland in 1971 and trained as a bookseller. Moved to Zurich in 1991 and has worked there as a freelance writer and theatremaker ever since. As founder and artistic director of the company 4OO ASA he staged numerous plays. Following further plays for Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater Basel and the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, he made his prose debut in 2002 with the novella “Die toten Männer” (Suhrkamp Verlag). In 2003 Lukas Bärfuss was voted Emerging Playwright of the Year in trade magazine Theater heute and has been considered one of the most promising writers in the German language ever since. In June 2005 Bärfuss was presented with the “Dramatist of the Year” award at the 30th Mülheimer Theatertage for his play “Der Bus” (premiered in January 2005 at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg).
David Bösch was born in 1978 in Lübbecke/Nordrhein-Westfalen, and studied directing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich. There he produced a series of works including the project “Leonce und Lena – a better day” after Georg Büchner (which won both the company prize and the audience prize at the Treffen deutschsprachiger Schauspielschulen 2003 in Graz) and completed his studies with a production of Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening”. He received first prize in the “Körber Studio Junge Regie” for his interpretation of Jessica Goldberg’s “Point of Escape” and made his debut at the Salzbuger Festspiele in 2004 with “Port” by Simon Stephens as a Young Directors Special. He directed Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at Schauspielhaus Bochum and “The Urge” by Franz Xaver Kroetz at Theater Bern. David Bösch has been resident director at Schauspiel Essen from the beginning of the 2005/6 season, which he opened with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He will continue to work at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg and in Zurich. Plans include Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in Salzburg for Summer 2006.
Wladimir Kaminer was born in Moscow in 1967. He trained as a sound engineer for theatre and radio and then studied dramaturgy at the Moscow Theatre Institute. He has lived in Berlin with his wife and two children since 1990. Kaminer writes for a number of German newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor to the ZDF-Morgenmagazin. Every second Saturday in the month, he and DJ Yuri Gurzhy present their “Post-Soviet Record Collection” as part of the programme “Russian Disco Club” on Radio MultiKulti (RBB). The events her organizes in the Kaffee Burger – such as the now legendary “Russendisco” – are an established Berlin cult. With the short story collection of the same name “Russendisco” (Goldmann Verlag, 2000) and his novel “Militärmusik” (Manhattan Verlag, 2001) this multitalented artist has become one of the most popular and sought-after writers in Germany. His most recent book is “Karaoke”, published by the Manhattan Verlag in August 2005.
Director of Theatertreffen. Born in Cologne in 1966. Studied Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen from 1986 to 1991. Subsequently dramaturg at Bonn Theatre and then from 1997 to 1999 at Bremen Theatre. In 1994, 1996 and 2002 she was artistic director of the European theatre festival Bonner Biennale. In 2003 Iris Laufenberg became director of the Berlin Theatertreffen. She also teaches theatre design at postgraduate level for the Technical University, Berlin.
Andrea Vilter was born in Cologne in 1966 and studied Literature and Theatre Sciences in Mainz and at the Free University of Berlin, where she worked as a director and dramaturg and ran the studio theatre. She worked as a freelance reader for the Rowohlt Theater Verlag and as a dramaturg at a range of German theatres including the Kleist Theater in Frankfurt/Oder and theatres in Mainz and Hildesheim. In 1999/2000 she was awarded a study grant by the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Andrea Vilter has been dramaturg at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München since 2001 and lecturer at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule für Darstellende Kunst since 2003.