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, but also in film and music. Since 2016, he has been a freelance editor and moderator for Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s weekly theatre programme “Rang 1”. Furthermore, he is a critic for Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, nachtkritik.de and SWR2, among others. He has moderated events for Berliner Festspiele, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Kölner Kulturrat e.V. and the Berlin Academy of the Arts. He has headed projects for emerging journalists not only at Berliner Festspiele, but also at Deutsches Theater and Theater Bremen.