The Schaubühne Theater Education would like to give people of all ages the opportunity to get in touch with the theater – whether as spectators, participants of workshops or projects, in discussions or cooperations. We want to open the doors of the Schaubühne and invite you to get more involved with our house and its productions.
»I love to go on a theatre expedition with a group. Open to what we might encounter along the way, hungry for new discoveries and filled with the feeling of being together on a journey, whether for just four hours or a year.«
I was born in 1985 in Bielefeld and moved many times since then. For university I wound up in Leipzig where I studied cultural studies, ethnology and psychology and was additionally engaged in various theatre projects. In 2010 for example I developed the production »Give me a piece of love« with young people at the Spinnwerk in Leipzig. Before and during university, I travelled several times to Bolivia and Peru where I worked with a human rights and environmental organisation and, amongst other things, ran theatre workshops in rural areas. In 2012 I worked for a year as trainee and assistant to Uta Plate in the Schaubühne's theatre education team. During this time I founded the Polyrealists youth theatre group and developed with them the production »Wir haben uns entschieden« (»We made a decision«) which was invited to the »Kaltstart« youth theatre festival in 2013. I then stood in for Uta Plate for two months at the beginning of 2013. After that, working as production assistant for »Das letzte Kleinod« (»The Final Treasure«) site specific theatre company took me to northern Germany. From January to June 2014 I was theatre educator for the Landesbühnen Sachsen Gmbh theatre in Radebeul and surounding areas. Since the start of the 2014/15 season, I am head of the theatre education team at the Schaubühne and created amongst other projects two further productions with the Polyrealists as a mix-aged theatre group. In 2015 »Happy Endings«, in 2016 »MACHT was ihr wollt« (POWER take it or leave it) and in 2018 »After Work« came out.
»For me, theater means freedom and room for experimenting with personal dreams and political ideas. A safe space from which everything can grow. My goal is to make this place accessible to as many people as possible.«
In my elementary school in Cottbus, where I was born and grew up, theater offered me the opportunity to try out different roles. A special home was (and still is) the Piccolo Children's and Youth Theater in Cottbus. Where social attributes and prejudices felt like a corset, being on stage gave me the freedom to be and do everything I wanted. The Piccolo theatre passes on this energy to children and adolescents until this day and that’s exactly what I wanted to do as well. That's why from 2011 to 2014, I studied theater education at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. During my studies I became part of the BuT committee »Youth clubs at theaters« and volunteered to work for the »Bundestreffen Jugendclubs an Theatern« until 2017. In 2014 I started my first job at the Neue Bühne Senftenberg. There I realized the project »Rastlos ..., Grenzenlos ..., Unterwegs«, a German-Polish youth theater project for Brecht's Exillyrik in cooperation with the Dom Kultury Bielsko Biala, and the »sturmfrei! Festival«, a cross-generational art festival for the region of Niederlausitz. In 2017, my path led me to the Maxim Gorki Theater, where I worked closely with Uta Plate to develop the education and outreach program for the work of the exile ensemble. With the season 19/20 I now start working at the Schaubühne. Here I will take over the direction of the QuerFormat and supervise the youth project under the direction of Philipp Rost and Laura Söllner.
»What I like about theatre is that it creates a space to experience, discover and experiment together – to be absolutely anything and anyone you want to be. Something that often seems impossible in our society. I support the theatre pedagogy at the Schaubühne in my voluntary social gap year because I think it is important that people of every age get the opportunity to try theatre, to grow and develop with their creative experiences.«
After I finished school in Jena this year, I am now back in my old hometown Berlin. I am looking forward to my year at the Schaubühne because it gives me the opportunity to gain a lot of practical, theatre educational experience and to see many different plays. In school I took four years of the drama class »Darstellen und Gestalten« (»Presenting and Creating«), in which I could gain first experiences in the field of theatre. This awakened my interest in working at a theatre and the wish to get to know it better.
Wiebke Nonne (Head of Department)
Mai-An Nguyen (Theatre Educator)
Katharina Mrowka (Voluntary Year of Social Service - Culture)