Mila van Daag #01EN

Mila van Daag

Annette Gleichmann #01EN

Annette Gleichmann

Bärbel Haage #01EN

Bärbel Haage

Ira Hausmann #01EN

Ira Hausmann

Gisa Kuhn #01EN

Gisa Kuhn

Ulrike Langenbein #01EN

Ulrike Langenbein

Ulrike Quade #01EN

Ulrike Quade

Janna Skroblin #01EN

Janna Skroblin

Kerstin Schmidt #01EN

Kerstin Schmidt

Kristine Stahl #01EN

Kristine Stahl

Leon Altmann #01EN

Leon Altmann

Carsten Bürger #01EN

Carsten Bürger

Christian Claas #01EN

Christian Claas

Frank Alexander Engel #01EN

Frank Alexander Engel

Christian Georg Fuchs #01EN

Christian Georg Fuchs

Johannes Frisch #01EN

Johannes Frisch

Floriaan Ganzevoort #01EN

Floriaan Ganzevoort

Fabian Gold #01EN

Fabian Gold

Udo Hemmann #01EN

Udo Hemmann

Köhler&Scheibe #01EN

Raphael Köhler & Christian Scheibe

Peter Lutz #01EN

Peter Lutz

Florian Schmigalle #01EN

Florian Schmigalle

Frank Soehnle #01EN

Frank Soehnle

Nis Søgaard #01EN

Nis Søgaard

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #01EN

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk

Matthias Thieme #01EN

Matthias Thieme

Martin Vogel #01EN

Martin Vogel

Mila van Daag #02EN

designer

Annette Gleichmann #02EN

director

Bärbel Haage #02EN

designer

Ira Hausmann #02EN

designer

Gisa Kuhn #02EN

costume Designer

Ulrike Langenbein #02EN

designer

Ulrike Quade #02EN

director | set designer

Janna Skroblin #02EN

puppet and set designer

Kerstin Schmidt #02EN

stage, puppet and costume designer

Kristine Stahl #02EN

puppeteer and actress, director

Leon Altmann #02EN

musician and composer

Carsten Bürger #02EN

designer

Christian Claas #02EN

musician and composer

Frank Alexander Engel #02EN

director

Christian Georg Fuchs #02EN

director

Johannes Frisch #02EN

musician and composer

Floriaan Ganzevoort #02EN

stage and light designer

Fabian Gold #02EN

designer

Udo Hemmann #02EN

musician and composer

Köhler&Scheibe #02EN

media stage designer

Peter Lutz #02EN

puppet designer

Florian Schmigalle #02EN

designer

Frank Soehnle #02EN

direktor

Nis Søgaard #02EN

musician and composer

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #02EN

musicians and composers

Matthias Thieme #02EN

director

Martin Vogel #02EN

puppeteer and actor

Mila van Daag #03EN

Annette Gleichmann #03EN

Bärbel Haage #03EN

Ira Hausmann #03EN

Gisa Kuhn #03EN

Ulrike Langenbein #03EN

Ulrike Quade #03EN

Janna Skroblin #03EN

Kerstin Schmidt #03EN

Kristine Stahl #03EN

Leon Altmann #03EN

Carsten Bürger #03EN

Christian Claas #03EN

Frank Alexander Engel #03EN

Christian Georg Fuchs #03EN

Johannes Frisch #03EN

Floriaan Ganzevoort #03EN

Fabian Gold #03EN

Udo Hemmann #03EN

Köhler&Scheibe #03EN

Peter Lutz #03EN

Florian Schmigalle #03EN

Frank Soehnle #03EN

Nis Søgaard #03EN

Strijbos & Van Rijswijk #03EN

Matthias Thieme #03EN

Martin Vogel #03

Mila van Daag #04EN

Mila van Daag 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 to his Homeland". In the 2017/18 season Mila designed the costumes for "Love of Seven Dolls" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn".

During the 2019/20 season she creates the costumes for "Animalists".

Annette Gleichmann #04EN

Annette Gleichmann came into the world and grew up in Erfurt. After school, she trained as a dental assistant. She studied theatre at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" Berlin). After graduating, she worked in national television and various theatres including as a member of the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater ensemble in Schwerin, at the freies Theater Medea Ost and at the freies Theater Medea West. From 1992 to 1996 she performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna, followed by the Junges Staatstheater in Berlin (Theater an der Parkaue), the Volkstheater Rostock and at the Stadttheater Dessau among others. She has worked freelance since 2000 including as a lecturer in the puppetry department of the “Ernst Busch” Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has been active as an author and director since 2005 and worked at the Deutsch-Sorbisches Volkstheater Bautzen, the Theater des Lachens Frankfurt/Oder, the Theater Konstanz, the Theater Plauen-Zwickau and at the Stadttheater Fürth. She was the managing director of the puppet theatre at Theater Plauen-Zwickau from 2014 to 2016. She directed “Prinz Bummelletzter” as her debut production at Theater Waidspeicher during the 2017/18 season. In the season 2019/20 she will be the director of “Casper Wool Hat: How to fool a Giant”.

Bärbel Haage #04EN

Bärbel Haage was 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 realized 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 Haage designed the stage, puppets and costumes for "The Oracle or The Bear, the Peacock and the Secret of the Old Hare" and for the Grimm fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin".

Ira Hausmann #04EN

Gisa Kuhn #04EN

Ulrike Langenbein #04 EN

Ulrike Langenbein was born in 1981. She works as a freelance puppeteer and puppet designer domiciled in Berlin. Her first theatre works were at Thalia Theater Hamburg and Schauspielhaus Hamburg. From 2004 to 2007 she did a training as a theatre designer at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. After the training she studied puppetry at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" Berlin). With her company HANDMAIDS she participated in various international theatre festivals. As a puppeteer/actor she was engaged 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 Langenbein designed 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 and "Mahler and Kokoschka" with Bellevue Lunchtheater in the Netherlands. In 2016, her production "Antigone" was invited to the International Puppet Theatre Festival Synergura in Erfurt. "Love of Seven Dolls" was 2017 the first co-production with Theater Waidspeicher. In the 2018/19 she was the director of the co-production with Theater Erfurt and Tanztheater Erfurt e.V. "The Fairy Queen - A Midsummer Nights Dream".

Janna Skroblin #04EN

Janna Skroblin was born in Rostock in 1974. From 1993 to 2001 she studied set design and costume design at the Dresden College of Visual Arts, Dartington College of Art (UK) and Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Since 2001 she has worked as a free-lance set and costume designer, puppet maker, museum and event designer, sculptor of wood and much more. She has worked for a wide range of German theatres including Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Admiralspalast Berlin, Wuhlheide and Waldbühne Berlin, Staatsschauspiel Leipzig, Staatstheater Hannover, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theater Konstanz. She has worked with directors such as Rainald Grebe, René Marik, Annette Gleichmann, Tilla Kratochwil and Britta Geister. During the 2019/20 season she creates the set and puppets for “Casper Wool Hat: How to fool a Giant” in conjunction with Ira Hausmann.

Kerstin Schmidt #04EN

Kerstin Schmidt was born in Halle/Saale in 1960. From 1978 to 1980 she did a training as a men's tailor, followed, by a training and qualification as fashion designer from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1989 she did evening classes at the School of Art Berlin/Weißensee. Since 1990 she has been working as a freelance set designer for theatre, opera and puppet theatre productions. Since 2010 she has run "Engel-Schmidt Produtkion" with Frank A. Engel. Kerstin Schmidt designed the set and puppets for "Grand Hotel", "The Seven Ravens", "Amadeus", "Heart of Stone", "King Lear" and "The Wooden Horse".

In the season 2018/19 she designed puppets and sets for "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" and "The Master and Margarita".

Kristine Stahl #04EN

Kristine Stahl was born in Schwerin in 1967. From 1986 to 1990, she studied Puppetry at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" in Berlin). She performed in Erfurt, Halle and Naumburg. As well as her employment as a puppeteer and actress she has also worked as a director and set and 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". In the season 2019/20 she will be the director of "The Moon takes his Socks off at Night".

 

In the 2019/20 season she appears in:

Die sieben Raben (The Seven Ravens)

Das kalte Herz (Heart of Stone)

Leon Altmann #04EN

Carsten Bürger #04EN

Carsten Bürger was born in Dresden in1972. He studied wood-sculpture in the department for "Design of Playing and Learning" at Burg Giebichenstein Halle/Saale. Since 2002 he has worked as a designer and 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".

Christian Claas #04EN

Christian Claas was born in Dortmund in 1978. He studied musicology, dramatics and social psychology at the Ruhr University in Bochum as well as at the University of Vienna. In 2015, following his successful engagements at Theater Meiningen and at the Bayreuth Festival he became a freelance theatre-composer and director for theatre and puppet theatre.

Since 1998, he has been composing music theatre. His music was, and still is, heard in theatres in Meiningen, Berlin, Dortmund, New York, Zwickau, Plauen, Chemnitz, Leipzig and Frankfurt-Oder. Consequently in 2016, within the scope of a co-production of Das Weite Theater Berlin with the Theater des Lachens Frankfurt-Oder, he developed and directed a play concerning noise, sound and music called "Auf dem Mond gibt’s keine Töne" (There’s no Sound on the Moon). In 2017 at Theater der Jungen Welt in Leipzig he produced a puppet musical titled "Die süßesten Früchte" (The Sweetest Fruits) for one performer. He also let the puppets and performers sing in his 2017 production of "Aladin und die Wunderlampe" (Aladdin and his Magic Lamp) at Figurentheater Chemnitz. The music for his productions of Peter Pan (2014) and "Der Zauberer von OZ" (The Wizard of OZ 2016) at Theater Meiningen is available on CD.

In the season 2018/2019, he was responsible for the composition of music and sound for "Der Meister und Margarita" (The Master and Margarita) at Theater Waidspeicher.

Frank Alexander Engel #04EN

Frank Alexander Engel was born in Pasewalk (Germany) in 1965. In 1990 he entered "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" in Berlin), faculty 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 he has worked as a free-lance director and set designer for puppet theatre and opera. From 2003 to 2011 he was employed by the Puppet Theatre of the City of Magdeburg as director, set designer and performer. Since 2010 he has run "Engel-Schmidt Produtkion" with Kerstin Schmidt. For Theater Waidspeicher he directed und built sets and puppets for "Grand Hotel", "The Seven Ravens", "Amadeus", "Heart of Stone", "King Lear" and "The Wooden Horse", "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" and "The Master and Margarita".

Christian Georg Fuchs #04EN

Christian Georg Fuchs was born in Düsseldorf in 1972. He studied music theatre direction at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg" and was granted a scholarship of the foundation "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes". He realized 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. Here he directed amongst others "Death in Venice", "The Ring of the Nibelung (in one evening)" and the Monteverdi opera "The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland" as co-productions with "Theater Erfurt", "Knight Tristan and Princess Isolde" and "Paula’s Journeys". During the season 2019/2020 he puts on stage "Atlas of Remote Islands".

Johannes Frisch #04EN

The improviser, musician, double-bass player and composer Johannes Frisch lives in Karlsruhe. For decades he has performed at concerts and festivals as improviser, band member, produced music for theatre and worked together with musicians from all over the world. He composes for projects that are multi-disciplinary or cut across boundaries, makes music for dance, silent films, and theatre, especially figure theatre. Since 1990 he has worked regularly with Frank Soehnle and the wilde&vogel figure theatre. Numerous works were created with rat'n'X for the Tubingen figure theatre, he has written theatre music for among others the Theaterhaus Mannheim Badische Staatstheater, and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. He is currently working in various band projects such as the Kammerflimmer Kollektief, The Schwarzenbach with Dietmar Dath, the Moscow by Heart trio with the Russian-born American Misha Feigin and he also collaborates with Ralf Wehowsky. To date his music can be heard on about three dozen vinyl LP’s, CD’s and audio plays. During the 2019/20 season he produces the music for “Animalists”.

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’. 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 designed 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)".

Fabian Gold #04EN

Fabian Gold was born in Munich. His first practical experiences of set design and wardrobe creation were at Berliner Ensemble and Deutsches Theater in Berlin. He then studied set design and wardrobe creation at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and worked as an assistant designer at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden. From April 2007 to December 2009 he was head of design at Gerhart Hauptmann Theater in Zittau, and from April 2014 to July 2016 head of stage design at the youth theatre "Theater der Jungen Welt" in Leipzig. Since 2003 he has been responsible for set design and wardrobe creation for over 40 various productions. In 2016, he graduated with an M.A. in art therapy from the Berlin-Weissensee School of Art / Kunsttherapie Berlin. For the season 2018/19, he designed the set and wardrobe of the Theater Waidspeicher production "Paula’s Journeys".

Udo Hemmann #04EN

Udo Hemmann was born in Weimar in 1968. 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 "Rumpelstiltskin".

Köhler&Scheibe #04EN

Peter Lutz #04EN

Florian Schmigalle #04EN

Florian Schmigalle was born in Weimar in 1979. After school he did a training as a cabinet maker, from 2001 to 2002 a 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, he has been working as a freelance wood and object designer with his 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 2017/2018 season he built the wooden glove puppets for "Love of Seven Dolls".

Frank Soehnle #04EN

Frank Soehnle is one of the most internationally recognised German puppeteers and directors. From 1983 to 1987 he studied figure theatre at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. From 1987 to 1990 he managed the Karlsruhe Figure Theatre and in 1991 he founded the independent touring theatre figuren theater tübingen. Since then he has performed all over the world in solo or ensemble productions.

His Europe-wide work as a director explores the relationship between performer and puppet and sets visual accents in modern and classical text material.

The puppets created by Frank Soehnle are often human-animal or mythological hermaphrodites, he prefers marionettes, but his modus operandi stretches to objects that then take on a life of their own. Frank Soehnle also regularly gives lectures at various universities (Stuttgart, Berlin, Charleville-Mézières, Jerusalem, Tours).

During the 2019/20 season he is responsible for the direction, scenery and puppet design for the production of “Animalists”.

Nis Søgaard #04EN

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)" in 2017.

Matthias Thieme #04EN

Matthias Thieme was born in Erfurt in 1976. He studied Theatre at the University of Leipzig and theatre-direction at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch") in Berlin. He gained his first theatre experiences at youth theatre "Die Schotte" in Erfurt with which he still collaborates as guest director. Recent productions for theatre "Die Schotte" were "Hamlet" (2015), "Lysistrate" (2016) and "Tschick" (2017). His production of "Romeo and Juliet" won the German Amateur Theatre "Amarena" Prize in 2011. He has worked as director for Theater Plauen/Zwickau, Neues 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 season 2008/09. He directed and designed the stage for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" and "The Journey to the Centre of the Woods". In the season 2019/20 he is the director for "The Day Grandma broke the Internet“.

Martin Vogel #04EN

Martin Vogel was born in Werdau in 1968. After finishing school and working in a factory he studied Puppetry at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" in Berlin). While he was still studying he was employed as an actor at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin in Robert Wilson's production of "Doctor Faust Lights the Lights". From 1994 to 2004 he worked as a puppeteer at the Städtisches Theater Chemnitz. He also worked as an actor and singer in musical productions at the opera house in Chemnitz. He has been a member of the Theater Waidspeicher ensemble from 2004 to 2019.

 

In the season 2019/2020 he appears in:

Der Meister und Margarita (The Master and Margarita)

Die Abenteuer von Tom Sawyer und Huckleberry Finn (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn)

Die sieben Raben (The Seven Ravens)