Berlin Faculty: Stanislavski, Brecht and Beyond

Stanislavski, Brecht and Beyond: An Integrated Approach to Actor Training

Arts Coordinator, German Theatre of the 20th Century

As the Arts Coordinator for NYU Berlin, Katrin is the point of contact for all matters regarding the Tisch Special Program Stanislavski, Brecht and Beyond in Berlin. In this capacity, she not only coordinates the studio classes but also arranges theater visits and meetings with theater makers in Berlin. As part of the program, Katrin also teaches a class on German theatre of the 20th century, which also addresses the German theatre tradition of dramaturgy and how it can be directly applied for the acting profession. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Brown University in 2012 with a dissertation on East-German playwright Heiner Müller, entitled The Touch of the Dead, in which Katrin negotiates the dynamics between history and performance in both Müller’s writing and his stage work.

Since then, Katrin has taught for Brown University and Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, where she developed courses in German Studies and Theatre Arts with a special focus on dramaturgy. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century German literature; GDR literature and intellectual life; literatures of trauma, memory, and remembrance; Theatre and Performance Studies; Media Studies; intellectual history; and aesthetics of presence. Her current research projects address the issues of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past) as specific to the GDR and the literary mediation of trauma after World War II. In addition to her academic work, Katrin has also been working as a dramaturg for a variety of productions, both in the US and in Germany. Her latest production, in cooperation with lunatiks produktion and Theater Lüneburg, Senkungen, a devised piece based on extensive regional research, premiered in Lüneburg in February 2016.

Part-time Lecturer, spring 2018

Anja Behrens was born in Germany and now lives and works in Copenhagen. She studied acting at the Michael Tschechow Studio in Berlin und directing at the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her studio production of Aeschylus’ Oresteia was invited to the Fast Forward Festival for young directors. She was also nominated for PLAS 2015 of the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and her production Rose was nominated for the Reumert Exceptional Award with the Danish National Theatre. Since 2014, she has directed productions in Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Copenhagen, Berlin (Deutsches Theater), Switzerland and Egypt. She also teaches acting at the Move’n Act in Aarhus and Akademiet in Copenhagen.

Part-time Lecturer, spring 2018

Harry Fuhrmann completed his theatrical studies in 1995 at the Academy of Music and Theatre Hamburg and worked for several years as an actor at various theaters in Germany. From 1998 – 2002, he studied directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin. During this time, he also worked as assistant director to Peter Zadek at the Vienna Burgtheater. In 2004, he founded the “Flying Fish” Theatre Group and realized an eight-month theatre journey through Nepal and India in 2005/06. The idea of the company is, to go to the people, collect their stories and to develop plays out of them.
Since 2002, he has worked in many theaters, such as the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Neues Theater Halle, Staatstheater Mainz, Theater Bern, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Cottbus, Theater Baden-Baden, Theater Ulm and Theater Augsburg. He taught at various acting schools all over the world, such as “Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School” in Wellington, the “Victorian College of Arts” in Melbourne / Australia, the National School of Drama in Delhi, the KHIO and the Westerdals School of Arts in Oslo, the HKU in Utrecht, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the CUT in Mexico City and New York University/Berlin. Since 2015, he teaches regularly at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala/India. From October 2010 until 2017, he was theatrical lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch Berlin.

Part-time Lecturer, spring 2018

Monika Gossmann was born and raised bilingually (German and Russian) in Alma-Ata/Kazakhstan. She studied singing, dancing, and musical performance at the Contemporary Dance School in Hamburg. From 2003 until the summer of 2007, she studied acting at the University of the Arts Theater in Moscow (partner school of Harvard University ART program). After studying acting in Moscow, Monika trained in the Lucid Body acting technique. Now a Lucid Body Trainer, she opened her own Studio in 2014, the “LUCID BODY room berlin.” She also works as a director and actor on the stage, in film, and for television. Most recently, she has written her first musical, “Dorian”, based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Part-time Lecturer, spring 2018

Viola Schmidt was born in Berlin in 1958. From 1978 to 1982, she studied Speech Science and German Language at the Faculty of Arts at the Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg in Germany and graduated with a Diploma. After two years of research, she received her doctorate with a thesis entitled On the relationship of self-assessment and assessment by others regarding voices possessing various degrees of hoarseness in 1985. From 1984 to 2001, she worked as a instructor for voice and speech at the Academy of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch Berlin. From 2001 to 2003, she was Professor of Voice and Speech at the University of Music and Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig. In 2003, she returned to Berlin and since then has been Professor of Voice and Speech at the Academy of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch Berlin and Director of the Voice and Speech Training Section. From 2005 to 2011, she was prorector of the academy and developed the international collaborations of the Acting Department at Ernst Busch. She has worked as a voice and speech instructor at various German theaters and has conducted workshops both in Germany and abroad.


Gob Squad is a seven headed monster, an arts collective with seven bosses, with a schizophrenic identity and a multiple split personality: hermaphrodite, binational and bilingual, both a patchwork family and a social utopia. Gob Squad have been devising, directing and performing together since 1994, working where theatre meets art, media and real life. Always on the hunt for beauty amidst the mundane, they place their work at the heart of urban life. Everyday life and magic, banality and idealism, reality and entertainment are all set on a collision course and the unpredictable results are captured on video. Motivated by a desire to elevate the everyday and empower audience members to step beyond their traditional role as passive spectators. Berlin has been the group’s creative home since 1999. Core members are Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. Other artists are invited to collaborate on particular projects. The group is managed by Eva Hartmann.

Part-time Lecturer, spring 2018

Enrico Stolzenburg is Professor for Scene Work at the Berlin University of the Arts with a focus on contemporary drama and experimental music theater. As a director, he has worked for Schaubühne Berlin and Deutsches Theater Berlin, in Freiburg, Konstanz, and Weimar. His productions were invited to a number of festivals. Enrico has also directed contemporary plays both in Europe (Finland, France, Greece, Switzerland) and in Asia (South Korea, Japan). He has also collaborated with composers Daniel Ott and Kirsten Reese and written numerous new pieces, which premiered at festivals for New Musik. He continues working closely with authors Kai Ivo Baulitz and Dirk Laucke.


The Festival of International New Drama (FIND) has been a stalwart of the Schaubühne's repertoire since the 1999/2000 season. In the early years, dramatic texts from predominantly young writers from one particular culture or region were presented, mostly in rehearsed readings. In 2011, FIND reinvented itself as a large scale festival for visiting productions. Since then, more and more works from international writer-theatremakers and their companies have been shown for the first time in Berlin. For the eighth time now, the festival will be accompanied by FINDplus, the workshop programme for international theatre students, supported by the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Deutsch-Französische Jugendwerk (DFJW).

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