WIENER WORTSTAETTEN was founded in 2005 by playwright Bernhard Studlar and director Hans Escher as an intercultural playwriting-project. Right from the start, the project focused on the creation of new texts for the stage, as well as dealing with socially important issues and networking between playwrights. Over the years, a variety of scenic projects and productions / premieres of new plays have emerged.

Initiatives such as the exile-playwriting-award became a springboard for playwrights such as Ibrahim Amir, Alexandra Pâzgu or Marianna Salzmann. From cross-border cooperations, most recently “Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe ”, an international network was created that promotes both the exchange between playwrights and the translation of contemporary drama.

WIENER WORTSTAETTEN sees itself as an independent, creative research laboratory and text workshop, as a mediator between authors and the theatre business. And last but not least as a place for the independent theatre scene, where new forms of authorship and “classical” dramatic literature meet each other at eye level.
The goal of the project is the long term promotion and support of playwrights.

Since 2018, WIENER WORTSTAETTEN have been managed by Martina Knoll and Bernhard Studlar.

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Das Team der WIENER WORTSTAETTEN

Bernhard Studlar
geboren 1972 in Wien, studierte “Szenisches Schreiben” an der UdK Berlin. Für sein zusammen mit Andreas Sauter verfasstes Stück “A. ist eine Andere” wurde er mit dem Kleist Förderpreis für junge Dramatiker ausgezeichnet. Mit dem Stück “Transdanubia Dreaming” gewann Bernhard Studlar den Hauptpreis des Heidelberger Stückemarkts. Seine Werke wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt und u.a. am Burgtheater, dem Deutschen Schauspielhaus Hamburg, dem Schauspielhaus Graz und dem Schauspiel Leipzig uraufgeführt. Sein jüngstes Werk “Nacht ohne Sterne” wurde in der Spielzeit 2018/2019 am Theater Kosmos in Bregenz und am Schauspiel Leipzig aufgeführt. Vertreten von henschel Schauspiel Berlin und schäfersphilippen Theater und Medien.

Martina Knoll
geboren in Wien, studierte Musikwissenschaft, Europäische Ethnologie und Kulturmanagement in Wien und Brüssel sowie European Studies in Eisenstadt. Als Produktionsleiterin arbeitete sie mit verschiedenen Künstler*innen und Festivals zusammen (Wiener Festwochen, Österreichischer Filmpreis, Wien Modern; Ensemble Wiener Collage, Simon Mayer, Alberto Franceschini u.a.). Sie ist freischaffende Kulturmanagerin und Geschäftsführerin bei Wiener Wortstaetten.


About the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN

WIENER WORTSTAETTEN was founded in 2005 by playwright Bernhard Studlar and director Hans Escher as an intercultural playwriting-project. Right from the start, the project focused on the creation of new texts for the stage, as well as dealing with socially important issues and networking between playwrights. Over the years, a variety of scenic projects and productions / premieres of new plays have emerged.

Initiatives such as the exile-playwriting-award became a springboard for playwrights such as Ibrahim Amir, Alexandra Pâzgu or Marianna Salzmann. From cross-border cooperations, most recently “Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe ”, an international network was created that promotes both the exchange between playwrights and the translation of contemporary drama.

WIENER WORTSTAETTEN sees itself as an independent, creative research laboratory and text workshop, as a mediator between authors and the theatre business. And last but not least as a place for the independent theatre scene, where new forms of authorship and “classical” dramatic literature meet each other at eye level.
The goal of the project is the long term promotion and support of playwrights.

Since 2018, WIENER WORTSTAETTEN have been managed by Martina Knoll and Bernhard Studlar.

Team of WIENER WORTSTAETTEN

Bernhard Studlar – Artistic Director
Born in 1972 in Vienna, Austria. From 1998-2002 he studied “Szenisches Schreiben“ (Playwriting) at UdK (University of Arts) Berlin. Bernhard Studlar won several prizes and grants for his literary work and his plays have been translated in many languages as English, French, Polish, Czech, Russian etc. Since 20 years he has been successfully working as a playwright, tutor and director for theatres mostly in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. For more than 15 years he has been teaching playwriting on different levels, for example international workshops for the Goethe Insitute, writing classes for theatres or at several Universities. (University of applied arts in Vienna, University of Arts, Berlin). He is founder and artistic director of the intercultural playwrights-project WIENER WORTSTAETTEN. https://henschel-schauspiel.de/de/person/128

Martina Knoll – Managing director
based in Vienna, Austria, studied Musicology, European Ethnology and Cultural Management in Vienna and Brussels as well as European Studies in Eisenstadt. As a production manager, she has worked with various artists and festivals (Wiener Festwochen, Österreichischer Filmpreis, Wien Modern; Ensemble Wiener Collage, Simon Mayer, Alberto Franceschini and others). She is a freelance cultural manager and managing director of Wiener Wortstaetten.