The Speakers

Round Table

Turn and Face the Strange

Sunday, 24 April 2016

12.15 pm

Sergio Lo Gatto (Moderation)

Cultural journalist, Italy

Young European Journalists on Performing Arts

Born in 1982. Lives and works as a freelance theatre critic and cultural journalist in Rome/Italy. He is PhD Candidate in Theatre Studies at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he teaches Methodology of Theatre Criticism. He is one of the founders of and Chief Editor for the independent daily web magazine Teatro e Critica, which is the most read performing arts-oriented online publication in Italy. He contributes to national newspapers in Italy and to Tanz (Germany) and Plays International (UK). In 2011, he was selected for the SPACE – Writers on the Move platform. During the following years, he co-founded WritingShop, a team of four writers from four different European countries and launched a program of itinerant residencies for critics, aimed at developing an international point of view on theatre and performing arts through an experiment of collective writing.


The following people, representing the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe, will publicly discuss the presented issue:

Michal Dočekal

President of the UTE

Stage director, Director of the National Theatre Prague

Czech Republic

Michal Dočekal studied stage direction at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. From 1991 to 1994 he was stage director at the Kašpar Theatre So-ciety. Between 1994 and 2002, as artistic director, he transformed Prague’s Divadlo Komedie (Theatre of the Year 1996, Alfréd Radok Award), directing numerous plays. A landmark artistic achievement was his 2001 conception of Mar-lowe’s “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” staged in the un-derground of Vyšehrad Castle in Prague (Divadelní noviny Award). Prior to joining the National Theatre he had staged two productions at the Kolowrat Theatre – Joyce’s “Exiles” (1994) and Beckett’s “Happy Days” (1998). He became Artistic Director of the National Theatre Drama in 2002. His further productions in the National’s repertoire were – at the National Theatre: “Cyrano de Bergerac”; at the Estates Theatre: “Richard III” (Shakespeare; for its stage direction he was nominated for the Divadelní noviny and Sazka Award), “The Government Inspector” (Gogol), “August: Osage County” (Letts); “The Seagull” (Tchechow) and many others. He directed at the Arena Theatre in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Slovak National Theatre, the Vigszínház, Budapest, Hungary and at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania. For his artistic achievements, Michal Dočekal has received the Czech Literary Fund Award in 2004 for the Shed Project and the international Flaiano Prize in 2003 in Pescara, Italy. He was elec-ted to the Board of Directors UTE (Union des Théâtres de l’Europe) in 2011 and has been President of the UTE since November 2015.


Georges Banu

Honorary Secretary UTE

Professor emeritus Sorbonne and Author

France and Romania

Georges Banu directed collective works, amongst which Théâtre d’art en Europe et les Repetitions: Un siècle de mise en scène, de Stanislavski à Robert Wilson. He collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski, namely on the translation into French of Thomas Richards’ book on “physical actions”.

His books — some of which received prizes for best theatre book in France — have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Romanian and Slovak. He has been co-editor of the Alternatives theatrales magazine, a responsibility he has been sharing with Bernard Debroux since 1998.

Since that same year, he has been supervising the collection "Le Temps du theatre" for the Actes Sud publishing house, has been Honorary President of the Jury of the Europe Theatre Prize and has directed two films, one on Shakespeare and the other on Chekhov, both of which received awards from UNESCO.


Francisca Carneiro Fernandes

UTE Treasurer

President of the TNSJ Board and International Relations

National Theatre São João do Porto

Porto, Portugal

Born in Porto in 1972. Graduated in Law from Universidade Cató-lica Portuguesa (Porto) in October 1995. After an internship under the supervision of Eduardo Verde Pinho between October 1995 and June 1997 she passed the Ordem dos Advogados (Porto) Bar exam and completed a graduation course in Communication Law at Universidade de Coimbra's Law School.

She did an internship as a legal adviser in the Legal Services De-partment of the Bank of Portugal between January and May 1996, and also collaborated with the Carlos Osório de Castro, Eduardo Verde Pinho, J. J. Vieira Peres Law Firm between June 1996 and September 2002. Later, in October 2002, she was appointed as subdirector of the TNSJ, responsible for its Administrative and Financial Management. After the organization acquired the status of Public Company in May 2007, she was nominated member of the TNSJ Board of Directors and put in charge of its Management Planning Branch. In March 2009, she became President of the TNSJ Board of Directors, the position she currently holds.


Jan Hein

Member of the UTE Board

Chief Dramaturg Schauspiel Stuttgart


Jan Hein graduated in German Studies, Philosophy and Art His-tory in Cologne. Before and during his studies he worked as direc-tor’s assistant for Peter Palitzsch and Dimiter Gotscheff at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspiel Köln and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as a dramaturg and member of the theatre direction at the Theater Bielefeld; he headed the ‘author’s stage’ and ‘NeueSzene’. From 2002 to 2005, Hein was dramaturg at the Schauspiel Hamburg (artistic director Tom Stromberg); in 2006/2007 he was dramaturg at the Schaus-piel Frankfurt (artistic director Elisabeth Schweeger); from 2007 to 2013 he worked as a dramaturg at the Schauspiel Köln (artistic director Karin Beier). He has taught at the Hamburger Theatera-kademie. Amongst others, he has worked with Jürgen Gosch, Lau-rent Chétouane, Sebastian Hartmann, Karin Beier, Jürgen Kruse, Jan Bosse, Schorsch Kamerun, Dieter Giesing, Viktor Bodò, Stefan Pucher, Armin Petras, Jossi Wieler, Robert Borgmann (‘Uncle Vanya’ by Chekhov, amongst others, was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen in 2014), Frank Castorf (‘Tshevengur’ based on An-drej Platanov has been invited to the Wiener Festwochen in 2016), and Katie Mitchell (amongst others ‘The Rings of Saturn’ based on W.G. Sebald was invited to the Festival d’Avignon in 2012; ‘Travel through the Night’ based on Friedrich Mayröcker was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen in 2013 and to the Festival d’Avignon in 2013). Next to working as a dramaturg, he has been directing independent productions together with Thorsten Lensing since 2000 — most recently, amongst others, ‘Uncle Vanya’ and ‘The Cherry Orchard’. Since Armin Petras took over as artistic director, Jan Hein has been Head Dramaturg of the Schauspiel Stuttgart.


Veronika Maurer

Dramaturg, Volkstheater Wien

Vienna, Austria

Veronika Maurer studied philosophy in Vienna. Since 2015 she has been a dramaturg in Anna Badora’s team at the Volkstheater in Vienna. From 2011 to 2014, she was engaged at the Resi-denztheater Munich and in 2014/15 at the Schauspielhaus Graz.


From the UTE Think-Tank Emerging Playwrights:

Ibrahim Amir

Playwright, Syria, Austria

Born in 1984 in Aleppo, Ibrahim Amir started studying theatre and media in Syria when he was expulsed from university after three semesters due to political reasons. In 2002, at the age of 19, he came to Vienna and studied medicine, which he successfully completed in 2012. After immersing himself into the language and culture of his new country of residence, Ibrahim Amir began wri-ting in German, which led to an “Exil” Literary Prize—a prize awarded to writers

who write in German although they have a different mother ton-gue—in 2009 for his short story “In jener Nacht schlief sie tief” (“That night she slept soundly”).

In 2013, he wrote the play “Habe die Ehre” (Pleasure to Meet You) in the context of the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN. It was highly acclaimed, and awarded the Nestroy Theatre Prize in the category “Best Off-Production”. In 2013, it had its world premiere, directed by Hans Escher, at the Hamakom-Theater in Vienna. A year later, the play celebrated its opening night in Germany at the Schauspiel Köln under the direction of Stefan Bachmann. This play about the precarious subject of honour killing was performed in November 2015 in Denmark. Amir developed the play “Homohalal” together with the refugees who stayed at the controversial refugee camp at the Viennese Votiv-Church. Amongst other things, Ibrahim Amir is currently working on commissioned pieces for the Schauspiel Köln.


Angelika Darlasi

Playwright, Greece

Angelika Darlasi is an awarded Greek writer and playwright. Her writing largely explores intolerance, diversity, and the effects of war.

Born in Athens, she completed her undergraduate degree in Thea-tre Studies at the University of Athens, and went on to get her master’s degree in Performance Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Additionally, she received educa-tion in play and screenplay writing in Greece and England.

Today she lives and works in Athens. Her writing career began in 2000 when her play “The Recipe of Francesca Dreamer” won the second prize in the Playwriting Contest for New Playwrights (No-tos Theatre—General Secretariat for Youth). “A City in a State of Emergency” received a commendation in the Play Contest held by the National Theatre of Northern Greece in 2004, and was staged by Melina Mascha at the Festival of Experimental Performances at Amore Theatre. This play explores various matters of conflict ranging from xenophobia to terrorism. It looks at how a passive so-ciety can quickly move from fascination towards the strange newcomer to fear of the same. The malleability of gullible people combined with the basic instinct of survival results in tremendous cruelty. “You Can Be Happy”, which she wrote in 2008, dives fur-ther into the question of fear. How do we become frightened, and why do we face our future through fear? Why are we prepared to sacrifice our values in order to live supposedly safely in a nightma-rish universe? The play unravels this nightmarish atmosphere, presenting manipulation and ‘brainwashing’ techniques as ways of developing characters. Lodging caustic comments about everyday life, this play within a play tackles the threat of the dominance of fear.


Stefan Ivanov

Playwright, Bulgaria

Stefan Ivanov, born in 1986, is a Bulgarian poet, playwright, writer and dramaturg. He studied Philosophy as well as Arts and Con-temporaneity, and is currently getting his PhD in Aesthetics at So-fia University St. Kliment Ohridski. His poetic career began early on when at only 15 he had his first poems published. Since then he has published four collections of his poems: “4 sekundi lilavo” (2003), “Ginsberg sreshtu Bukowski v publikata” (2004), “Spisyci” (2009) and “Navytre” (2013). His third book was nomi-nated for the National Poetry Award “Ivan Nikolov”, the most pres-tigious poetry award in Bulgaria, and won the First Poetry Award “Spirit and Spirit”. His fourth book was praised as one of the “Bo-oks of the Year” by “Literaturen vestnik”, the only literary paper in Bulgaria. His books have been translated into English, German, Greek, Macedonian, Spanish and other languages, and many of his works have been included in various anthologies. His first breakthrough in his theatre career happened in 2012 when “Me-dea—My Mother”, which he co-wrote with the director Ivan Dob-chev, won The Union of Bulgarian Artists Award “Ikar”, the hi-ghest praise for theatre in Bulgaria, for best production in 2013. The play was also awarded The New Theatre Language Award at the IV International Festival of the New European Theatre Acti-on—NETA. “Between the Holidays” was staged by Margarita Mla-denova in 2013 and was nominated for the Ikar in 2014. That sa-me year, Margarita Mladenova’s production of his adaptation of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Le Mepris” was nominated in four categories for an Ikar. His latest works include his co-authorship with Marga-rita Mladenova of “The Plane is Delayed”, and “For Now”, a con-temporary performance jam he created, where music, poetry and visual art are spontaneously created by both the artists and the audience.


Roberto Scarpetti

Playwright, Italy

Roberto Scarpetti’s most acclaimed play is “Viva l’Italia – Le morti di Fausto e Iaio”, for which he received a special mention “Franco Quadri” at the Riccione Award in 2011. In 2014, “Viva l’Italia – Le morti di Fausto e Iaio” was awarded the Franco Enriquez Prize for best playwriting. For the same play, Scarpetti was nominated for the Maschere del Teatro Italiano Award 2015 in the category “In-novative Italian Writers”.

Scarpetti graduated in screenwriting from the Centro Sperimenta-le di Cinematografia, and in political science from the Sapienza University of Rome. He wrote and directed, amongst other plays, Strani Amori which was nominated Best Short Film at the Italian film festival Globi d’oro in 2008. In 2010, he received a special mention at the Franco Solinas Award for Braccia tese, which he co-wrote with Tommaso Cammarana. That same year, he wrote Gio-chi d’estate, together with the director Rolando Colla, which was presented at the 68th Venice Film Festival (Out of Competition). Moreover, the film was awarded the Swiss Quartz Film Prize—the Oscar of the Swiss Film Scene—in 2012 for best cinematography and best screenplay. Since 2011, he has been a member on the jury of the Franco Solinas Award, and is currently a playwright in resi-dence at the Teatro di Roma.


As well as

Ruth Heynen

Director of the UTE


William Docolomansky

Stage Director, Iceland

Gigli Gardasson

Stage Director, Iceland

Pippo Delbono

Stage Director, Italy

Lucie Beraha

Cultural journalist, France

Young European Journalists on Performing Arts