Jan Hein is the new Head dramaturge of Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen

According to the online portal nachtkritik.de the news was announced by Ruhrfestspiele in a press release on 14th of September. Olaf Kröck, the new artistic director, appointed Mr. Hein as Head dramaturge. The first Ruhrfestspiele organised under this new artistic direction will take place in May and June 2019.


Jan Hein studied German, Philosophy and Art History in Cologne and then worked as Assistant Director with Peter Palitzsch and Dimiter Gotscheff. From 1996 to 2012 he worked regularly with Thosten Lensing, co-directing, among others, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard at Berliner Sophiensaelen.

As dramaturge Jan Hein worked with Tom Stromberg at Deutschen Schauspielhaus Hamburg, with Elisabeth Schweeger at Schauspiel Frankfurt and Karin Beier at Schauspiel Köln. He also worked with directors such as Dimiter Gotscheff, Jürgen Gosch, Laurent Chétouane, Sebastian Hartmann, Jürgen Kruse, Karin Beier, Jan Bosse, Katie Mitchell, Viktor Bodo, Schorsch Kamerun, Stefan Pucher, Robert Borgmann, Armin Petras, Stephan Kimmig, Jossi Wieler, Frank Castorf, Kay Voges und Claus Peymann. His productions were invited to Berliner Theatertreffen, Mülheimer Theatertagen, the Ruhrfestspielen Recklinghausen, the Wiener Festwochen and the Festival d'Avignon.


„I am passionate about developing, together with the artistic director Olaf Kröck, a relevant, contemporary, international programme and content-focused topics, about establishing new contacts, about bringing people together and creating new forms and an opportunity for new encounters, that will be exciting, attractive, representative of the present and significant for our public and artists – obliging the tradition and the future, for our region and beyond. It should keep people on their toes”, declared the new Head dramaturge on his appointment.


The original press release is available at nachtkritik.de.


The UTE team and members congratulate Mr. Jan Hein on his appointment and wish him a succesful season.