Jury 2020/2021

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.
Since the Stückemarkt could not take place in 2020, the Stückemarkt jury will remain unchanged in 2021. An open call for 2021 will not be issued as the artists who were already scheduled for the 2020 festival will be invited again.

Jackie Sibblies Drury

Jackie Sibblies Drury

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Jackie Sibblies Drury

Playwright – New York, USA

Jackie Sibblies Drury is an American playwright and lives in Brooklyn, New York City. She is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at Brown University.

In 2019 she was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and with the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play “Fairview”. The play “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915” was shown in 2012 Off-Broadway at the Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City and had its European premiere at the Bush Theatre in London. Also her plays were shown at Berkeley Rep, New York City Players and Abrons Arts Center, Victory Gardens, Trinity Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre and many more. Jackie Sibblies Drury has been awarded with many prizes during her career. She won the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize in Drama and the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. Her latest play “Marys Seacole” premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in February 2019.

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s works often discuss Otherness and questions the conventional perspective on theatre and prejudices. Her plays are complex in structure but always have a high amount of entertainment. The jury describes her winning play “Fairview” with the following statement: “A hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices.”

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Choreographer and performer – Lisbon, Portugal / Cape Verde

Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in 1979 on the Cape Verde Islands where she co-founded the dance company Compass and collaborated with musician Vasco Martins. She studied dance at the renowned P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Dança and at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz. Her creations, for example “A Seriedade do Animal” (2009–10), “Guintche” (2010), “(M)imosa” (2011), co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea, “Paradise – private collection” (2012–13), “of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer” (2014), “Jaguar” (2015), with Andreas Merk, and “Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge” (2017), are marked with great openness, impurity and intensity in the artistic expression.

“Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge” was invited to Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Festival Montpellier Danse and Athens & Epidaurus Festival and others. Furthermore, the production was performed at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Wiener Festwochen, Münchner Kammerspiele and Ruhrtriennale.

In 2017, Marlene Monteiro Freitas received the Award for the best choreography from the Portuguese Society of Authors for her work “Jaguar”. In the same year she was honoured by the Capverdian government for her outstanding artistic work. In 2018 she was awarded with the Silver Lion for Dance at the Biennale di Venezia. Marlene Monteiro Freitas is the co-founder of P.OR.K, a centre for the production of performing arts in Lisbon, where she currently resides.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

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Linda Pöppel

Linda Pöppel

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Linda Pöppel

Actor – Berlin, Germany

Linda Pöppel was born in Berlin in 1985. From 2005 to 2007, she was a member of the youth theatre group P14 of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. From 2007 to 2011, she studied acting at Westfälische Schauspielschule Bochum. From 2010 to 2013, Linda Pöppel was a permanent ensemble member at the Centraltheater Leipzig and worked with Sebastian Hartmann, Robert Borgmann, Alexander Eisenach and Martin Laberenz among others. From 2013 to 2016, she was in the ensemble of Schauspiel Frankfurt, where she continued her collaboration with Sebastian Hartmann and Alexander Eisenach. She also worked with René Pollesch, Ersan Mondtag and Jürgen Kruse as well as with the choreographer Dave St-Pierre for the dance theatre production “Macbeth”. Since the 2016/17 season, Linda Pöppel has been in the ensemble of Deutsches Theater Berlin. Here she has a close professional relationship with Jürgen Kruse and Sebastian Hartmann.

Laila Soliman

Playwright, dramaturg and director – Cairo, Egypt

Laila Soliman was born 1981 in Cairo, Egypt and is an independent playwright, dramaturg and director, living and working in Cairo. She studied at the German School in Cairo and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the American University in Cairo and her Master of Arts from DasArts at the University of the Arts Amsterdam. Her works have been shown in Egypt, Tunisia, the Lebanon, Syria, India, South Africa and in many European countries.

In 2011 Laila Soliman participated in the demonstrations on the Tahrir Square and discussed the revolution in Egypt in her theatre texts “Lessons in Revolting” and in the documentary series “No Time for Art”. The relation between power structures and the individual often plays a role in her work. She was dramaturge at the Rimini-Protokoll production “Radio Muezzin”. Together with director Ruud Gielens she worked on the script for “Der Fall Meursault. Eine Gegendarstellung” at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich in 2017. Other important works are: “Here, There & Everywhere” (2013), “Hawa EL Horreya (Whims of freedom)” (2014), “La Grande Maison” (2015), “The National Museum of the State Security System” (2015), “Zig Zig” (2016) and “Museum of Lungs” (2018). At Theaterformen Festival 2019 she developed a performance with a group of self-organised women about FGM (female genital mutilation), titled: „My body belongs to me“.

Her play “Egyptian Products” (2009) was published in the anthology “Plays from the Arab World” by Nick Hern Books and the Royal Court Theatre, London. Her performance texts “A Diary in Scenes: And don’t forget never to wear tampons at a revolution!” (2011) and “No Desert Roses” (2017) were published in Theater der Zeit.

Laila Soliman often creates theatrical experiences where reality and fiction come together and blend. She combines documentary material with personal views and different forms and methods of narration.

Laila Soliman

Laila Soliman

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Maria Nübling

Maria Nübling

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Maria Nübling

Dramaturg and director of Stückemarkt – Berlin, Germany

Maria Nübling has been a dramaturg at the Theatertreffen since 2017 and the Head of Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt since 2018/2019. She was born in Hildesheim in 1989 and studied Drama Studies and Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. During her studies, she was a dramaturgy intern and assistant at Münchner Kammerspiele, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, PATHOS Theater in Munich and Schauspiel Stuttgart. Together with Christina Gassen, she initiated and organised the symposium “Theater.Frauen” in 2015, which addressed gender inequality in the theatre, and is co-director of the initiative with the same name. From 2015 to 2017, she was a dramaturgy assistant at Schauspiel Stuttgart, where she initially assisted in productions by Jossi Wieler, Schorsch Kamerun and Sebastian Hartmann, before working with Sébastien Jacobi, Thomas Schmauser, Armin Petras and Eugene Jebeleanu and curating a monthly discussion series in cooperation with the initiative Die Offene Gesellschaft.