The Schaubühne Theatre Education would like to give people of all ages the opportunity to get in touch with the theatre – 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.
»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. 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 theatres« 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 produced the project »Rastlos ..., Grenzenlos ..., Unterwegs«, a German-Polish youth theater project about 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 programme for the work of the exile ensemble. With the season 19/20 I now start working at the Schaubühne. Since season 19/20 I have been working at the Schaubühne, and starting with season 20/21 I’ll be head of the theatre education department.
»For me theatre is the opportunity to create community, to move and entertain. Theatre breaks boundaries and creates a space for communication. «
Growing up in a creative family I’ve been in close contact with theatre from an early age. As my aunt and her partner are actor and director, theatre has always been a constant companion in my life. It ranged from acting classes at birthday parties to drama groups at school. I first found the opportunity to try out both theoretical and practical exercises at the Johanneum School of Academics in Hamburg as part of my theatre lessons. The staging of plays has been a major area of interest for me for years, so that after graduating from high school in 2019, I was faced with the decision "film or theatre?" After I was allowed to do an internship on the film set from October to December 2019, I would now like to get to know the theater better. I hope that my voluntary year at the Schaubühne will give me a good insight into the theatre scene and the various departments and their tasks better. I also hope to gain a lot of practical experience and to contribute creatively.
Mai-An Nguyen (Head of Department)
Johanna Remé (Voluntary Year of Social Service - Culture)