The Stückemarkt jury 2011 consisted of the following five theatre makers:
Nurkan Erpulat was born in Ankara in 1974 and has lived in Berlin since 1999. He studied theatre at the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir and directing at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. He works mainly in Berlin, but also in Hanover, Linz, Heilbronn and Istanbul. His theatre works include “Faked” (2007), “Beyond – Are you gay or are you Turkish?” (2008), “You don’t need a guidebook to a village you can see” (2009, both part of “beyond belonging” at the HAU), “Shadow voices” (2008) and “Lö Bal Almanya” (2010, both at Ballhaus Naunynstraße). His productions “Home in your Head” (2008) and “Family Stories” (2009), which he created with young people at Staatstheater Hannover were both invited to the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen der Jugend. His latest production “Mad Blood” (September 2010), a co-production between Ballhaus Naunynstraße and the Ruhrtriennale, has been nominated for the Friedrich Luft Prize. Nurkan Erpulat teaches at the University of the Arts Berlin.
Author and Dramaturg
Martin Heckmanns, was born in 1971 and studied Comparative Literature, Modern History and Philosophy. He made his name as a playwright with plays such as “Shoot, department store!” (premiere Staatschauspiel Dresden, 2002), “Irritate” (premiere Schauspiel Frankfurt, 2004), “The Wonderful Thing Between” (premiere Staatsschauspiel Hannover, 2005), “Words and Bodies” (premiere Staatstheater Stuttgart, 2007) and “A Man Comes Into the World” (premiere Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, 2007). Heckmanns was voted most promising playwright of they year by Theaterheute in 2002. He has twice won the audience prize at the Mühlheimer Theatertage – in 2003 for “Shoot, department store!” and 2004 for “Irritate” – and the Lower Saxony Prize for Literature awarded by the city of Krefeld in 2008. Martin Heckmanns has been writer in residence and dramaturg at Staatsschauspiel Dresden since 2009, where his theatre prologue “Future For Ever” opened the artistic directorship of Wilfried Schulz.
Writer and Director
Jan Klata was born in Warsaw in 1973 and studied directing in his native city and in Krakow. His first production was Gogol’s “The Government Inspector” in Wałbrzych. The following year Klata was invited to the Theatertreffen Stückemarkt with his play “Usmiech grejpfruta – Smiling Grapefruit”, which was subsequently – in common with many of his productions – produced at the Teatr Polski in Wrozław. These included “H” after Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (2005), the German-Polish theatre project “Transfer!” about refugees and banishment (2006), “Oresteia” after Aeschylus (2007), “Sprawa Dantona” (The Danton Affair, 2008; winner of the Konrad Swinarski Prize), “Trylogia”, “Ziemia obiecana” (The Promised Land; Łodz, 2009) und “Kazimirz i Karolina” (2010). In April 2011 Klata will stage Franz Kafka’s “America” at Schauspielhaus Bochum. Several of his productions have been seen in Berlin at the Hebbel am Ufer. Jan Klata has received numerous prestigious theatre awards including the famous Theatre Prize of the Polish newspaper Polityka in 2006.
Iris Laufenberg was born in Cologne and studied Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen from 1986 to 1991. She subsequently took up posts as a dramaturg at Schauspiel Bonn (1992 to 1997) and the Bremer Theater (1997 to 2001). In 1994, 1996 and 2002 together with Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler she directed the European theatre festival Bonner Biennale – New Plays from Europe at Schauspiel Bonn. In 2003 Iris Laufenberg became Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen. She taught the advanced Master’s course in stage design at the Technical University Berlin from 2004 to 2006 and lectured in cultural management during the winter term 2008/09 at Hildesheim University. During the present winter term 2009/10 she is teaching cultural and festival management at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Artistic Director Theater Freiburg
Barbara Mundel was born in Hildesheim in 1959 and studied Modern German Literature, Art History and Theatre Studies in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Munich. In 1988 Mundel joined Theater Basel as a dramaturg and director where she was responsible for the new regime under Frank Baumbauer along with directors like Hans Hollmann, Jossi Wieler and Christoph Marthaler. In the early 90s she worked for the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Theater Basel, and directed at Frankfurt Opera and the Salzburg Festival. From 1995 Mundel was a dramaturg in the leading team of the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin, where she worked together with Frank Castorf, Johann Kresnik, Christoph Schlingensief and Christoph Marthaler. She was Artistic Director of Luzerner Theater from 1999/2000 to 2003/04 and subsequently chief dramaturg of the Münchner Kammerspiele. She took over as Artistic Director of Theater Freiburg for the 2006/07 season.