Mila van Daag #01EN

Mila van Daag

Annette Gleichmann #01EN

Annette Gleichmann

Bärbel Haage #01EN

Bärbel Haage

Ulrike Langenbein #01EN

Ulrike Langenbein

Ulrike Quade #01EN

Ulrike Quade

Kerstin Schmidt #01EN

Kerstin Schmidt

Eva Schmidtchen #01EN

Eva Schmidtchen

Kristine Stahl #01EN

Kristine Stahl

Andres Böhmer #01EN

Andres Böhmer

Carsten Bürger #01EN

Carsten Bürger

Frank Alexander Engel #01EN

Frank Alexander Engel

Christian Georg Fuchs #01EN

Christian Georg Fuchs

Floriaan Ganzevoort #01EN

Floriaan Ganzevoort

Udo Hemmann #01EN

Udo Hemmann

Florian Schmigalle #01EN

Florian Schmigalle

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #01EN

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

Matthias Thieme #01EN

Matthias Thieme

Axel D. Wolf #01EN

Axel D. Wolf

Mila van Daag #02EN


Annette Gleichmann #02EN


Bärbel Haage #02EN


Ulrike Langenbein #02EN


Ulrike Quade #02EN

director | stage designer

Kerstin Schmidt #02EN

stage, puppet and costume designer

Eva Schmidtchen #02EN

Director | Designer

Kristine Stahl #02EN

puppeteer and actress, director

Andres Böhmer #02EN

musician and composer

Carsten Bürger #02EN


Frank Alexander Engel #02EN


Christian Georg Fuchs #02EN

Floriaan Ganzevoort #02EN

stage and light designer

Udo Hemmann #02EN

Musician and composer

Florian Schmigalle #02EN


Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #02EN

musicians and composers

Matthias Thieme #02EN


Axel D. Wolf #02EN

musian and composer

Mila van Daag #03EN

Annette Gleichmann #03EN

Bärbel Haage #03EN

Ulrike Langenbein #03EN

Ulrike Quade #03EN

Kerstin Schmidt #03EN

Eva Schmidtchen #03EN

Kristine Stahl #03EN

Andres Böhmer #03EN

Carsten Bürger #03EN

Frank Alexander Engel #03EN

Christian Georg Fuchs #03EN

Floriaan Ganzevoort #03EN

Udo Hemmann #03EN

Florian Schmigalle #03EN

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #03EN

Matthias Thieme #03EN

Axel D. Wolf #03EN

Mila van Daag #04EN

Studied product design, architecture and theatre at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and at the Akademie Minerva in Groningen. Since 2006 she has developed project related sets for film and theatre.

After three years as props assistant at the Stadttheater Giessen, where she was responsible for numerous sets, she joined Theater Erfurt in the 2012/2013 season as props assistant and designed the set for “King Thrushbeard”, “The Coronation of Poppaea” and “Master Class”. Mila van Daag worked as set designer for “The Ring of the Nibelung (in one evening)” a co-operative project between Theater Erfurt and Theater Waidspeicher.

At Theater Waidspeicher she created the costumes for "The Glass Menagerie", "My Slightly Strange Friend Walter" and for the co-production with Theater Erfurt "The Return of Ulysses". In the 2017/18 season Mila designs the consumes for "Love of Seven Dolls" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn".

Annette Gleichmann #04EN

Bärbel Haage #04EN

Born in Erfurt in 1975. This visual artist, illustrator, theatre and film maker studied puppet theatre scenery at the historic Prague College, School of Art & Design from 1994 to 1997.

Since then she has been involved as a stage/puppet designer in numerous theatre and puppet theatre productions. From 2002 to 2005 she was the director of design at the Dresden Puppet Theatre. Over the last few years she has realised four German-Czech animated film projects. Additionally she worked many times with the Czech Forman-Theater and these co-productions have repeatedly received renowned Czech prizes for drama.

Bärbel designed the stage, puppets and costumes for “The Oracle or The Bear, the Peacock and the Secret of the Old Hare”.

During the 2017/18 season she designs stage, costumes and puppets for the Grimm fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin".

Ulrike Langenbein #04 EN

Born in 1981. Working as a freelance puppeteer and puppet designer domiciled in Berlin. First theatre works at Thalia Theater Hamburg and Schauspielhaus Hamburg. From 2004 to 2007 training as a theatre designer at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. After the training she studied puppetry at the Berlin Drama School „Ernst Busch" With her company HANDMAIDS participation at various international theatre festivals. Engagements as a puppeteer/actor with Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theater Baden Baden, Theater Halle. As a puppet designer she has worked for Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Opera Halle, Theater Junge Generation Dresden, Puppet Theater Halle and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin. The design of the puppets for „The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland“ in the 2015/16 season was her first cooperation with Theater Waidspeicher. 

In the 2017/18 season Ulrike designs the Mouche puppet for "Love of Seven Dolls".

Ulrike Quade #04EN

Ulrike Quade is one of The Netherlands’ most outstanding visual theatre makers. She has created her personal theatrical signature by combining puppetry, dance, (physical) theatre, music and scenography. She was inspired to her theatrical form in Japan, by Hoichi Okamoto and his quirky solo puppet theater and butoh dance. 

Ulrike Quade was born in Germany where she grew up. For more than twenty years she has been living in the Netherlands. She graduated from the acting department of the Utrecht School of the Arts and from the theatre making department with a Master’s degree in scenography. She was the first Dutch director to be awarded a Directors Lab Scholarship by New York’s Lincoln Center in 2004. 

Ulrike Quade has worldwide fame with her performances. The internationally co-coperating Ulrike Quade Company based in Amsterdam was founded in 1999. The Company performed in venues and at the invitation of festivals in Europe, the United States, China and Taiwan. The latest co-productions were „Madama Butterfly“ with the Operahouse De Munt in Brussels, „Coco Chanel“ with Jo Strømgren Kompani in Norway. In 2016, her production „Antigone“ was invited to the International Puppet Theatre Festival Synergura in Erfurt. „Love of Seven Dolls“ is the first co-production with Theater Waidspeicher.

Kerstin Schmidt #04EN

Born in Halle/ Saale in 1960. From 1978 to 1980 training as a men's tailor. From 1980 to 1993 training and qualification as fashion designer. From 1983 to 1989 evening classes at School of Art Berlin/Weißensee. Since 1990 freelance set design for theatre, opera and puppet theatre productions. Since 2010 she has run “engelschmidtproduktion” with Frank A. Engel. Kerstin Schmidt designed the set and puppets for "Grand Hotel" and "The Seven Ravens", "Amadeus", "Heart of Stone" and "King Lear".

During the 2017/2018 season she designs puppets and sets for "The Wooden Horse".

Eva Schmidtchen #04EN

Born 1965 in Berlin. Initially she trained as a teacher (German and Art) and subsequently worked as teacher, chamber maid, kitchen assistant and telephonist. After studying puppetry at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin she worked as Eva Noell at Theater Waidspeicher. She was active here from 1996 to 2004 as puppeteer, director, playwright and designer. In 2004 along with Paul Olbrich and Ronald Mernitz, she founded the “Erfreuliches Theater Erfurt”. Working with Paul Olbrich she adapted a range of children’s books for the stage, including "The Ogress", "The Queen of Colours" and "Adieu, Benjamin" for which they received prizes at festivals all over the world.


Until recently she lived in France and together with Paul Olbrich, working under the name of Compagnie Les Voisins, produced plays for children and illustrated children’s books. She has been back in Germany since 2015. In the 2016/17 Eva Schmidtchen put on stage "Something’s in the Air", a play for children.

Kristine Stahl #04EN

Born 1967 in Schwerin. Studied from 1986 to 1990 at Ernst Busch Drama College, School of Puppetry. Performed in Erfurt, Halle and Naumburg. As well as her employment as puppeteer and actress she has also worked as a director and set und puppet designer for various German puppet theatres including Karlsruhe, Magdeburg, Naumburg, Chemnitz, Bautzen, Erfurt and Leipzig. Kristine Stahl was engaged at Theater Waidspeicher as puppeteer and actress from 2009 to 2017. As a director, she put on stage "Leon, the Pirate" und “The Tale of the Troll Child and the Royal Child". Additionally she directed "The Oracle or The Bear, the Peacock and the Secret of the Old Hare" during the season 2016/2017 at Theater Waidspeicher. 

In the 2017/18 season she appears in:

Menschen im Hotel (Grand Hotel)

Die sieben Raben (The Seven Ravens)

Die Glasmenagerie (The Glass Menagerie)

Das kalte Herz (Heart of Stone)

Mein ziemlich seltsamer Freund Walter (My Slightly Strange Friend Walter)

König Lear (King Lear)

Andres Böhmer #04EN

Carsten Bürger #04EN

Born 1972 in Dresden, studied wood-sculpture in the department for “Design of Playing and Learning” at Burg Giebichenstein Halle/Saale. Since 2002 he has worked as designer or puppet maker with various theatres as well as being active in other artistic directions. Thus he has worked on "Pinguine können keinen Käsekuchen backen" for the Kleine Bühne Naumburg, "König und Königin Drosselbart" for the Sorbisches Volkstheater Bautzen, "Kleine Meerjungfrau" and "Weihnachten bei Tiger und Bär" for the Theater der Jungen Welt Leipzig, "Die Schwarze Mühle" for the Theater der Jungen Generation Dresden and "Nur ein Tag" for the Dresdner Projekttheater.

His first engagement at Theater Waidspeicher was the creation of the puppets for “Leon the pirate”. In the 2016/17 season he made the puppets for “Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde”.

Frank Alexander Engel #04EN

Born in Pasewalk (Germany) in 1965. In 1990 entered the Ernst Busch Drama College, School of Puppetry and graduated as a puppeteer in 1994. After this he worked at the State Opera Berlin and the Thuringian State Theatre  Meiningen and as director, set designer and performer at the Young Generation Theatre Dresden.

Since 1998 free-lance director and set designer for puppet theatre and opera. From 2003 to 2011 employed by the Puppet Theatre of the City of Magdeburg as director, set designer and performer. Since 2010 he has run “engelschmidtproduktion” with Kerstin Schmidt. For Theater Waidspeicher he directed “Grand Hotel” und "The Seven Ravens", "Amadeus", "Heart of Stone" and "Kind Lear".

He directs und builds the sets for "The Wooden Horse" during the 2017/2018 season.

Christian Georg Fuchs #04EN

Born 1972 in Düsseldorf. Studied music theatre direction at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg"; scholarship of the foundation "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes". Various productions in music-theatre, drama and puppet theatre in Hamburg, Weimar, Leipzig, Naumburg, Erfurt, Magdeburg, Neuss, Bautzen, Dessau and Chemnitz. Christian Georg Fuchs directed "Good Morning, Little Piglet", "King Arthur", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Romeo and Juliet".


From 2011 to August 2014 Christian Georg Fuchs worked as dramaturg and press dramaturg at "Theater Waidspeicher Erfurt". During this time he directed “Death in Venice”, “The Ring of the Nibelung (in one evening)” and the Monteverdi opera "The Return of Odysseus" as co-productions with "Theater Erfurt", "The Birthday of the Infanta", "Animal Train” and “Divine Comedy”.


During the 2016/2017 season he put on stage "Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde".

Floriaan Ganzevoort #04EN

Floriaan Ganzevoort is a lighting designer for theatre, music, dance and spaces of all kinds. He graduated in Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam on the subject ‘Light as a dramaturgical means’. Since 2000, he has designed lighting for various companies.


During his studies he worked as technical coordinator for the choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten.


As a lighting designer Floriaan has worked with the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Dutch National Touring Opera, Ulrike Quade Company, Jewish Museum Berlin, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Teatro Regio Parma, Michel van der Aa and Svarovski.

Floriaan won the Dutch Theatre Institute's ‘Wijnberg’ Scenography prize in 2015 for the light design of ‘The Tempest’ by De Toneelmakerij together with Rieks Swarte, Jacqueline van Eeden and Carly Everaert.

Floriaan designs the light and stage for the coproduction of Theater Waidspeicher (GER) and Ulrike Quade Company (NL) "Die Liebe der kleinen Mouche (Love of Seven Dolls)".

Udo Hemmann #04EN

Born 1968 in Weimar. He studied bass guitar at the Franz Liszt School for Music in Weimar. Worked with various bands. Since 1990 he performed in numerous theatre productions in Weimar, Erfurt, Jena, Meiningen, Suhl, Baden-Baden and other places as a composer, singer, musician, arranger and musical director. He arranged the composition and sound for "Leon, the Pirate" and "The Story of the Troll's Child and the King's Child". 

In the 2017/18 season he arranged and composed music for "Rumpelstiltskin"

Florian Schmigalle #04EN

Born in Weimar in 1979. After school training as a cabinet maker. From 2001 to 2002 practical training at Theater Waidspeicher workshop. From 2002 to 2006 he studied wood design at the advanced college of arts „Fachhochschule für angewandte Kunst“ in Schneeberg. Since 2007, freelance wood and object designer with own workshop. He designs and builds playgrounds and abstract figures, he teaches courses for adults and works with young people in schools. He built puppets for the puppet theatres in Meiningen and Theater Waidspeicher Erfurt. In the 2014/15 season, together with Kathrin Sellin, he built the wooden marionettes for Tennessee Williams „The Glass Menagerie“ at Theater Waidspeicher. In the 2015/16 season, together with Ulrike Langenbein, he built the puppets for the opera  „The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland“.

In the 2017/18 season he builds the wooden hand puppets for "Love of Seven Dolls".

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #04EN

The Dutch contemporary music composers Rob van Rijswijk and Jeroen Strijbos both graduated with honours from the Utrecht School of the Arts, with a specialisation in Composition Electronic & Computer Music and Composition in Context.

The hallmark of Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s collective body of work is a combination of electro acoustic compositions and spatial elements, design and innovative music technology. They have earned an international award-winning reputation with their site-specific performances, installations and innovative technology, which transforms the listener into an active participant. They developed the “Walk With Me” platform to support their vision that breaks down the relationship between artist and listener.

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk perform concerts and design sonic sculptural installations exhibited worldwide at major Art festivals in Shanghai, London, Glasgow, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bern, Istanbul, Paris and Montreal.

Strijbos & van Rijswijk arranged the composition and sound for the coproduction of Theater Waidspeicher and Ulrike Quade Company „Die Liebe der kleinen Mouche (Love of Seven Dolls)“.

Matthias Thieme #04EN

born 1976 in Erfurt, studied Theatere at the University of Leipzig and  theatre-direction at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin. He gained his first theatre experiences at the Schotte youth theatre in Erfurt with which he still collaborates as guest director. Recent productions for the Schotte were “Hamlet” (2015) and “Lysistrate” (2016). His production of “Romeo and Juliet” won the German Amateur Theatre Amarena Prize in 2011. He has worked as director for Theater Plauen/Zwickau, Neuen Theater Halle, Figurentheater Chemnitz, Theater Stralsund/Greifswald as well as theatres in Stendal, Zittau, Esslingen, Magdeburg, Rostock, Cottbus and Leipzig. The majority of his productions are for young people. From 2010 to 2013 he was the senior drama director and puppet theatre director at the Theater Plauen/Zwickau.

His first production as director with Theater Waidspeicher was “Moby Dick” in the 2008/09 season. During the 2016/17 season he directed and designed the stage for “My Slightly Strange Friend Walter”.

In the 2017/18 season he puts on stage "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn".


Axel D. Wolf #04EN