Janis El-Bira has been head of Berliner Festspiele’s Theatertreffen-Blog since 2016. He was born in Braunschweig in 1986 and studied Philosophy and History in Berlin. He was a fellow of the Theatertreffen (Theatertreffen-Blog 2015), the Academy of Music Journalism at the festival Heidelberger Frühling and works as a journalist, freelance author and moderator with a special interest in theatre. Since 2016, Janis El-Bira has been a freelance editor and moderator for Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s weekly theatre programme “Rang 1” and he joined the editorial team of the theatre portal nachtkritik.de in 2019. He has written texts and articles for Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, SPEX, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and SWR2, among others. He has given lectures and moderated events for Deutsches Theater Berlin, Kölner Kulturrat e.V., the Berlin Academy of the Arts, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer and Berliner Festspiele. Janis El-Bira has headed projects for emerging journalists not only at Berliner Festspiele, but also at Deutsches Theater Berlin and Theater Bremen.