Maxi Obexer was born in South Tyrol, Italy.
She is a playwright and author and founder of the New Institute for Dramatic Writing, Nids.
She has held numerous guest professorships, including at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, the German Literature Institute in Leipzig and the Berlin University of the Arts.
She has been a fellow of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, the Literary Colloquium Berlin and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, among others.
Maxi Obexer studied general and comparative literature, philosophy and theatre studies in Vienna and Berlin.
Long before the shipping disasters were recognised in German-speaking countries, Obexer made European immigration policy a thematic focus of her work and has been questioning the significance of Europe ever since. She has produced successful theatre plays and radio plays such as “Das Geisterschiff” (2006), “Gehen und Bleiben” (2017) and “Illegale Helfer” (2015), which was awarded the Eurodram Prize and the Robert Geisendörfer Prize in 2016. Together with her numerous essays and the novel “Wenn gefährliche Hunde lachen” (2011; tr: When Dangerous Dogs Laugh), her works present a diverse and unusual perspective on the immigration and emigration of people. Maxi Obexer lives in Berlin.
Maxi Obexer took part in the EU Project Fabulamundi – Playwriting Europe. Beyond Borders?.
For the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN she wrote the play „Auf den Spuren der Kuh. Eine kurze Chronik aus der antiken Zukunft”“, which was presented within the the collectiv project „Anschlussfähig“ in 2020 at theBurgtheater Kasino in a staged reading.
They play was published as part of the anthology “Anschlussfähig” .