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Residency Placements 2019

 

Schauspielhaus Graz/Austria – 20 May to 16 June 2019 

Schauspielhaus Graz offers a placement as second assistant director with the possibility to stage scenic readings. Several productions will be rehearsing during the placement period: Time’s Arrow (after a novel by Martin Amis, directed by Blanka Rádóczy), Family 2.0 (project with the citizen’s ensemble, directed by Uta Plate) and a new play for the festival Autorentheatertage in Berlin (directed by Clara Weyde). The scholar is invited to participate in any rehearsals she/he is interested in. Moreover, she/he is encouraged to stage one or two scenic readings of 30 minutes with the ensemble which will be presented during the international playwright’s festival from 12 to 16 June 2019.  

  • Profile of the scholar: an emerging director with some professional experience in staging texts, good German language skills are necessary. 

Graz is the second biggest city in Austria, situated in the south-eastern corner of the country, close to the Slovenian and Hungarian border. Schauspiel Graz is a typical German-style city theatre with public funding, an ensemble, a repertoire system and three different venues. In this season, 22 new productions will be produced ranging from classical plays, musical shows and comedy, to contemporary, experimental, performative formats with a strong interest in contemporary drama. 

 

Deutsches Theater Berlin/Germany – 04 March to 25 April 2019 

Deutsches Theater Berlin offers a placement in the dramaturgy department for the production ugly duckling based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, directed by Bastian Kraft. Many of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales deal with the subject of transformation: the little mermaid turns into a human, the ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. The fact that these can also be regarded as a masked game of sexual and gender transformation is the starting point for a project that juxtaposes Andersen's fairy tales with the lives of Berlin drag queens. These doyens of urban nightlife turn this gender-bending game into a liberating spectacle. In doing so, they move between shameless self-expression and subcultural crusade. Their transformations using make-up and wigs produce not only a new persona but also new self-confidence. The character that emerges is the proud swan, in whose form the ugly duckling can confront the world. 

  • Profile of the scholar: a dramaturge, director or theatre scientist with extraordinary communication skills and curiousness, who is open minded and interested in dramaturgy, gender/queer theory. Fluency in English is necessary, German language skills are an asset. 

Deutsches Theater in Berlin is a theatrical institution with a permanent and highly-acclaimed ensemble. Behind its classical façade, the Deutsches Theater building is home to three stages. Deutsches Theater’s repertoire comprises around 50 productions. Each season the DT celebrates some 30 premieres – around twelve on the main stage and eight in the Kammerspiele. Its repertoire includes both classics and modern classics, but also works by contemporary playwrights. 

 

Theater Magdeburg/Germany – 05 March to 13 April 2019 

Theater Magdeburg offers a placement as second assistant director for the production Düsterbusch. City Lights, the first stage adaption of the novel by Alexander Kühne, directed by Cornelia Crombholz. Anton Kummer, an ordinary guy from a village in the GDR and admirer of David Bowie tries to survive while searching for freedom in the narrow world surrounding him. He has opened a club based on the model of the famous Blitz Club in London and organises his own concerts, which soon become a pilgrimage site for Punks, New Wave-People or Black Gothics. Anton’s resistance to the gloom of the GDR is also a declaration of love for pop culture, the 1980s and their music.  

  • Profile of the scholar: first experiences in theatre production processes (scheduling of daily rehearsals or music rehearsals, coordination of video sequences) are necessary. She/he will be guided by the first assistant. Good German language skills are required. 

Theater Magdeburg is the city’s own repertoire theatre with ensembles for opera, drama and ballet as well as a philharmonic orchestra. Altogether, around 450 people work at Theater Magdeburg and create around 30 new productions each season. For many years, Theater Magdeburg has successfully cooperated with various international partners such as Gdansk, Krakow, Brno, Nice, Enschede or London. The drama department cooperates not only with Ukrainian theatres and young emerging directors, but also established close relationships to France. The city of Magdeburg is applying for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025. 

 

Weöres Sándor Színház Szombathely/Hungary – mid-April to end of May 2019  

Weöres Sándor Színház offers a placement as second assistant director for the production Terrorism by the Presnyakov brothers, directed by Luca Cortina. The Italian Luca Cortina works in collaboration with the local artist Lilla Takács (set and costumes). The music will be composed by Anima Sound System. The rehearsal period is planned from mid-April to end of May 2019, exact dates need to be fixed.   

  • Profile of the scholar: first experiences in theatre production processes and basic computer skills are necessary. She/he will be guided by the first assistant. Fluency in Italian and English language skills on a conversation level are required. Hungarian language skills are an asset. 

Szombathely with its 80,000 inhabitants is located close to the Austrian border. Established by the local government in 2007, Weöres Sándor Színház is the only theatre in the city, including an ensemble of 30 actors. During a season, 8 new productions are produced and around 70,000 people attend the 325 shows. The repertoire includes a variety of genres from musical to contemporary plays and Hungarian as well as international classical dramas, offering theatre experiences for audiences of all ages. 

 

Teatrul National “Marin Sorescu” Craiova/Romania – 02 April to 18 May 2019 

Teatrul National “Marin Sorescu” Craiova offers a placement as second assistant director for the production Bang by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Theodor Cristian Popescu. Bang will be shown on the Studio Stage and played be the ensemble of the theatre. The rehearsal period is from 02 April to 09 May 2018 with a premiere night on 18 May 2019. Note that the scholarship will run from 02 April to 09 May only. The scholar is welcome to attend to the premiere, any details will be discussed later.  

  • Profile of the scholar: a student or young director who has recently graduated. Good English language skills are required. 

Teatrul National "Marin Sorescu" is the city theatre of Craiova, a town situated in the south-west of Romania. Every two years, the theatre organises the International Shakespeare Festival, bringing to the public the most important Shakespearian shows from all over the world. 

 

Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica/Slovenia – 07 January to 13 March 2019 

Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica offers a placement as assistant director for the production A few people search for happiness and laugh themselves to death by Sibylle Berg, directed by Eva Nina Lampič. The production will focus on a contemporary approach towards the adaptation and using new strategies to work with narration when staging a novel without losing the witty, sharp, humorous language and stories in all their complexity and the very important idle atmosphere of lost people asking existential questions over and over again. The dramaturgical concept will focus on keeping the complexity of the novel, the multilayered, circular, non-hierarchical and nonlinear structure of narration, feminist perspective, rich language, complex stories, idle repetitive atmosphere through different means of theatre expression: voice, movement and masks.  

  • Profile of the scholar: first experiences in the professional theatre scene are required as well as very good research, organisation and communication skills. Moreover, experience in documenting the rehearsal’s protocol and the ability to handle audio and video recordings are necessary. She/he should be attentive, thorough and able to work independently. Very good German and English language skills are required. Knowledge of a Slavic language is an asset. 

Nova Gorica is a relatively new town, only 70 years old, of approximately 30,000 inhabitants on the border between Slovenia and Italy. Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica is a repertoire theatre with its own ensemble of actors. It is the smallest of the three Slovenian national theatres, whereas its building is the newest of them all. 

 

Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica/Slovenia – 28 January to 04 April 2019 

Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica offers a placement as assistant director for the production Baron Munchhausen based on a play and a film by Grigory Gorin, directed by Yulia Roschina. The film by Mark Zaharov is deemed to be one of the most successful Soviet films of all times and focuses on the hypocrisy of the Soviet society, its reluctance towards all deviation from the norm, individuality, free thinking, fantasy, daydreaming or faith in the supernatural. The production will actualise the text and render it to show us the critical mirror of the world we live in today.  

  • Profile of the scholar: the scholar needs to be motivated to help co-creating a dynamic contemporary comedy. She/he has to be fluent in at least one of the following languages: Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Russian or English. 

Nova Gorica is a relatively new town, only 70 years old, of approximately 30,000 inhabitants on the border between Slovenia and Italy. Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica is a repertoire theatre with its own ensemble of actors. It is the smallest of the three Slovenian national theatres, whereas its building is the newest of them all.