Katharina Schmitt

SchmittKatharina Schmitt, playwright and director, born in 1979 in Bremen. Studied drama directing at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) and has been working as a director and playwright in Prague and Berlin since 2006. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Lenz Award for young playwrights; in recent years, her plays have been performed at prestigious German theaters (Thalia Theater Hamburg, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart). Her play SAM, directed by Kamila Polívková and starring Karel Roden, has been produced by Studio Hrdinů; in 2012, she also directed the play herself at the Watermill Center in New York. In Prague, she has directed, among others, Klaus Händls Temně lákavý svět (Dark Inviting World) at Divadlo Komedie (2007), Tim Crouchs England at MeetFactory (2009), the first part of Divadlo Komedies triptych Poslední chvíle lidstva (The Last Days of Mankind, 2011), and Elfriede Jelineks on není jako on (him not himself) at MeetFactory (2011). She is one of the core directors at Studio Hrdinů, where she has directed Arno Schmidts Černá zrcadla (The Black Mirrors, 2013), Thomas Manns Krev Wälsungů (The Blood of the Walsungs, 2014), and O slavnosti a hostech (A Report on the Party and the Guests, 2015), an adaptation of Jan Němecs film of the same name, among others. The National Theatre in Prague has appointed her to direct Jiří Kadeřábeks opera Žádný člověk (No Man), which is set to premiere in 2017 and for which, in collaboration with Lukáš Jiřička, she also wrote the libretto.

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