The Stückemarkt jury consists of artists from a wide range of disciplines. From all works submitted following an open call in a given year, they select five works to be presented during the Theatertreffen in a format corresponding with their artistic form. The members of the Stückemarkt jury rotate each year. In 2015, they were:
Author, director and performer (Forced Entertainment) – London/Sheffield
Born 1962, studied English and Dramaturgy at Exeter University. Tim Etchells is co-founder and artistic director of the performance group Forced Entertainment, whose projects especially deal with mechanisms of theatre and conventional expectations of the audience. Their projects and performances contributed significantly to the development of devised theatre, in which the limitations between direction, performance and text production become blurred. Working as a Visual Artist and as an author, as well as in the field of performance Tim Etchells received the “The Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award” of Live Art Development Agency and Tate Research in 2009. As guest curator he participated in Exodos Festival Ljubljana 2013, and as a co-curator of the “After a War” programme as part of the LIFT Festival in London 2014. In 2015 he will be a guest curator at the Malta Festival Poznan. He is professor of performance and writing at Lancaster University, UK.
Author and director (Rimini Protokoll) – Berlin
Helgard Haug studied applied theatre studies at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen. She works both alone and with Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel, with whom she formed the authors’ and directors’ collective Rimini Protokoll in 2000. At the focus of their work is the further development of the theatre’s methods and devices, with the aim of creating unusual perceptions of our reality. Rimini Protokoll is distinguished most of all by their documentary approach and by their work with so-called “experts of the everyday” who are selected specifically for each project. Among numerous other awards, Rimini Protokoll received the NRW-Impulse award in 2003, the Mülheim Dramatists’ Award in 2007 and the European Theatre Award in 2008. In 2011, they were awarded the Silver Lion of the 41st Venice Theatre Biennial for their oeuvre. In 2013, Rimini Protokoll developed the multiplayer video-installation “Situation Rooms”, which received the “Excellence”-Award at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival. Rimini Protokoll have been invited to present their work at the Theatertreffen three times to date.
Author – Berlin
Lutz Hübner was born in 1964, studied German language and literature, philosophy and sociology in Münster as well as drama in Saarbrücken. After working as an actor at various German theatres, Lutz Hübner has been working as a free-lance author and director since 1996. He is one of the most often performed contemporary dramatists and has created a varied and extensive canon of plays. In 1998, he won the German Award for Young People’s Theatre. In 2011, he received ASSITEJ’s dramatists’ award. His plays “Geisterfahrer (Ghost Drivers)” and “Die Firma dankt (The Company thanks)” were selected for the Mülheimer Theatertage and in 2005, his play “Hotel Paraiso” was among the selection for the Theatertreffen. Most of his plays are created in cooperation with Sarah Nemitz.
Director and author – Zurich/Berlin
Born in 1997, Milo Rau studied German and Romance studies and sociology in Zurich, Berlin and Paris. He initially worked as a journalist for various newspapers and magazines. Since 2003, Milo Rau has been working in theatre as a director and author. He is the founder and director of the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), a theatre and film production company. At the centre of the company’s aesthetics lie the focusing and multi-media treatment of historic and political acts in particular and of socio-political conflicts in general. Through the form of “reenactment”, on which Milo Rau has written a doctoral thesis, the IIPM developed a “realistic theatre in the tradition of Peter Weiss” (Alexander Kluge) in numerous productions. His work “Hate Radio” was selected for the 2012 Theatertreffen and in 2014, he received the Swiss Theatre Award, the Prize of the Freiburg Festival “Politik im Freien Theater” and the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden (the prestigious Blind War Veterans’ Radio Play Award).
Theatertreffen Director – Berlin
Born in 1977 near Cologne. She studied German philology and educational sciences and worked as a dramaturg for various municipal theatres and independent companies. From 2005 to 2011, Yvonne Büdenhölzer was artistic director of the Stückemarkt of the Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen. In October 2009, she initiated the symposium “Schleudergang Neue Dramatik – Zur Zukunft der zeitgenössischen Dramatik (Spin Cycle New Drama – On the future of contemporary drama)” at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. In 2009/2010, she was curator (together with Tankred Dorst, Ursula Ehler and Manfred Beilharz) and festival manager for the theatre biennial New Plays from Europe in Wiesbaden and Mainz. She has been a visiting lecturer for the course of Applied Literary Studies at Freie Universität Berlin since 2005 and she is a member of the Berlin Council for the Arts. Yvonne Büdenhölzer has been the Theatertreffen’s director since 2012.