The Stückemarkt jury 2009 consisted of the following five theatre makers:
Beret Evensen was born in Kiel in 1976 and studied German and Romance Languages in Hamburg. She began her career in 2001 as an assistant dramaturg at the Münchner Kammerspiele (Artistic Director Frank Baumbauer) and left in 2003 to work as a dramaturg at the Schauspielhaus Zürich (Artistic Director Christoph Marthaler). Since 2005 she has been a dramaturg at schauspielhannover in the team of Wilfried Schulz, with whom she will move in 2009 to the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
Christian Kracht was born in 1966 in Saanen, Switzerland. He worked as a journalist and went to New Delhi in the mid 90s as India Correspondent for Der Spiegel. He lived for several years in Bangkok and has travelled extensively in many Asian countries. Christian Kracht currently lives in Buenos Aires. He has published three novels which he himself describes as “a kind of triptych”: “Fibreland” (1995), “1979” (2001) and “I’m Going to be Here in Sunshine and Shade” (2008). “1979” has been adapted for the theatre and produced. He has also published three volumes of shorter texts: “The Yellow Pencil” (2000), “Holidays For Ever” (1998, with Eckhard Nickel) and the collection of stories “New Wave, A Compendium 1999 – 2006” (2006). His other works include the anthology “Mesopotamia”, the performance project “Tristesse Royale”, the North Korean photo volume “Total Memory” (with Eva Munz and Lukas Nikol) and “Metan” (with Ingo Niermann). Christian Kracht was editor of the literary magazine “Der Freund” (2004 to 2006). His books have been translated into 14 languages.
Iris Laufenberg was born in Cologne in 1966 and studied Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen from 1986 to 1991. She was a dramaturg at Schauspiel Bonn (1992–1997) and the Bremer Theater (1997–2001). In 1994, 1996 and 2002 she was joint artistic director of the European Theatre festival Bonner Biennale – New Plays from Europe at Schauspiel Bonn with Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler. Iris Laufenberg has been director of the Theatertreffen since 2003. She taught the advanced masters class in Stage Design at the Technical University Berlin from 2004 to 2006 and Cultural Management at Hildesheim University for the Winter Term 2008/09.
Roland Schimmelpfennig was born in 1967 in Göttingen. He worked as a freelance journalist and writer in Istanbul before studying directing at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. On graduation he became an assistant director and subsequently assistant to the artistic director at the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 1999 he went to work as a dramaturg at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin, and was writer in residence at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg from 2001. From 2000 to 2005 Schimmelpfennig taught dramaturgy at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Since April 2007 he has been a visiting professor at the German Literary Institute Leipzig. He has written commissioned works for the Stuttgart and Hanover State Theatres, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Vienna Burgtheater, Schauspielhaus Zurich and the Deutsches Theater Berlin. His numerous stage plays include “Push up 1–3”, “Arabian Night”, “The Woman Before”, “Ambrosia”, “On Greifswalder Straße” und most recently “Alice in Wonderland”, which he is directing himself at the Deutsches Theater (opening 29th November 2008). Schimmelpfennig was awarded the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Prize in 1997 for “Fish After Fish” and a year later received the Schiller Memorial Prize. He was awarded Austria’s Nestroy Prize for Theatre in 2002.
Roger Vontobel was born in 1977 and grew up in Zurich, the city he was born, and Johannesburg. He studied drama at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and Pasadena and directing at the Institute of Theatre, Musical Theatre and Film in Hamburg. He founded the company VONTOBELhamburg in 2002, with whom his projects included “[fi'lo:tas]” which was invited to the Impulse Festival, the Zurich Theaterspektakel, the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During the course of his studies he directed at the Stuttgart State Theatre, the Thalia Theater Hamburg and the Theaterhaus Jena. Since 2005 Roger Vontobel has worked regularly at Schauspiel Essen, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2006 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as part of the Young Directors Project. His productions were invited to the Radikal Jung festival at the Munich Volkstheater in both 2006 and 2007.