The 2022 Jury
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 2022, they will be:
Olga Grjasnowa was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1984. She has published four novels so far. For her highly commended debut novel “Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt (All Russians Love Birch Trees)” (2012), she received both the Klaus-Michael-Kühne-Prize and the Anna Seghers-Prize. Most recently, she published the novel “Der verlorene Sohn” (2020) and her first non-fiction book “Die Macht der Mehrsprachigkeit” (2021). Her works have been translated into 15 languages, adapted for the stage at several theatres and most recently made into a film in 2021.
Writer, theatre maker and storyteller
Ogutu Muraya is a writer and theater maker whose work is embedded in the practice of Orature. In his work, he searches for new forms of storytelling where socio-political aspects merge with the belief that art is an important catalyst for questioning certainties. He studied International Relations at the United States International University Africa and graduated in 2016 with a Master in Arts at DAS Theatre. He has been published in the Kwani? Journal, Chimurenga Chronic, rekto:verso, etcetera magazine, NTGent’s “The Golden Books” series, among others. His performative works and storytelling have featured in several theatres and festivals including La MaMa (New York City), Hay Festival (Wales), Harare International Festival of the Arts (Harare), SICK! Festival (Manchester), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam), SPIELART (Munich), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich), Festival Theaterformen (Braunschweig), Theatre is a must forum (Alexandria), Theatre Commons (Tokyo) & within East Africa. Ogutu Muraya is based in Nairobi where he continues his artistic practice and also teaches part time at the department of film and performing arts at KCA University.
Author and director
Kevin Rittberger studied literature and communications studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2004, he has been working as an author and director for theatres including Staatstheater Stuttgart, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schauspielhaus Wien, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Residenztheater München. In 2014, his play “Mulian Rescues Mother Earth” saw its world premiere at the Taipei Arts Festival. He was nominated for the Mülheim Dramatists’ Award for his plays “Kassandra oder die Welt als Ende der Vorstellung“ (2011) and “IKl. Radikalmensch” (2020). He received the Kurt Hübner Directing Prize in 2011 and the Jürgen Bansemer & Ute Nysser Dramatists’ Award in 2012. He has also been working as a curator and performer since 2012. Kevin Rittberger writes essays and articles for publications including Paragrana, Springerin, Berliner Zeitung, Berliner Gazette and nachtkritik.de. His most recent premieres were “The Männy. Eine Mensch-Tier-Verknotung”, based on Donna Haraway, at Schauspiel Hannover and “Schwarzer Block“ at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin.
Dramaturg and Head of Stückemarkt
Anna-Katharina Müller has been a dramaturg at Theatertreffen since 2019 and became Head of Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt in 2021. She was born in Moers and grew up in Magdeburg. She was a major Theatre student at Southeast Missouri State University and interned and assisted at Theater Magdeburg, Schauspiel Leipzig and Schauspiel Stuttgart. From 2012 to 2015, she studied Drama Studies at Universität Leipzig. This was followed by a Master’s degree at Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg. During her Master’s course, she worked with Anna-Elisabeth Frick, who won the Körber Studio für Junge Regie in 2016 for the production “Die Unerhörte”. From 2017 to 2019, she was part of Lars-Ole Walburg’s team at Schauspiel Hannover, first as an assistant dramaturg, then as a dramaturg, where she was in charge of the artistic direction of Cumberland, a venue of Schauspiel Hannover. Her work as a freelance dramaturg includes a collaboration with director Katerina Giannapoulou at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2021.
Director, choreographer and visual artist
Gisèle Vienne unfortunately had to resign from her jury position at short notice due to personal reasons.