Tobias Ehinger became manager of the Dortmund Ballet in 2004. He studied at the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart, at the University of Mannheim, at the Académie de Danse Classique Monte Carlo and at the Dance Conservatory in Prague. During his artistic career as dancer and assistant, which took him via Stuttgart, London and Essen to Dortmund, he worked with important artists like Hans van Manen, Heinz Spoerli, Mauro Bigonzetti, Benjamin Millepied, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Christian Spuck, William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman and Edwaard Liang. For the Ballet Dortmund there was a close cooperation with the Hong Kong Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Chinese National Ballet as well as the National Theatres of Prague, Brno, Bratislava and the Palace of Arts Budapest. In 2013 Tobias Ehinger was awarded the German Dance Prize recognition.
Since October 2017 Tobias Ehinger has been Managing Director of the Theater Dortmund.
Marcus has been working as a director and set designer in opera and theatre since 1995. His focus is on uncompromising classic productions as well as numerous premieres and first performances in many renowned theatres in Germany (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Theater Freiburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatstheater in Kassel, Mainz, Saarbrücken, Darmstadt and Braunschweig, Schauspiel Dortmund, Wuppertaler Bühnen and many others).
New forms of collective work with the ensembles and his close contact to contemporary authors distinguish his artistic signature. In addition to numerous invitations and awards, his approach has also found its way into the training of young talent: He has recently been invited as a guest lecturer and speaker to the Academy of Performing Arts in Ludwigsburg, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the University of Rostock, the Mainz University of Music and Performing Arts, the Graz University of Art and the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf.
Since 2019 he has been the Artistic Director of the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in Dortmund.
Gabriel Feltz is one of the most important German conductors of the middle generation. Since the beginning of the 2013/14 season, he has been General Music Director of the City of Dortmund, conducting the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera. He is also chief conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
Feltz received his artistic education at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. He then embarked on a classical German Kapellmeister career. The list of orchestras conducted by him is long, and there are currently over 60 orchestras worldwide (e.g. Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, National Orchestra of Taiwan, Graz Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of the Danish Radio, the Bavarian State Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTE), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra).
As a very active opera conductor, Feltz has also ongoing collaborations with Frankfurt Opera, Zurich Opera, Cologne Opera and others. The Music Society of the City of Graz appointed him „Artist in Residence“ for the 2018/19 season.
Heribert Germeshausen has been Director of the Dortmund Opera since the 2018/19 season. After working at Koblenz Theatre, the Salzburg Festival, the Bonn Opera, at Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, he was the Opera Director at the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg and Artistic Director of the Baroque Festival Winter in Schwetzingen 2011 – 2018. In addition to baroque music, contemporary music has been given a special place in the Heidelberg opera repertoire. In 2013, the Heidelberg Theatre, together with the Freiburg Theatre, won the critics‘ survey of the trade journal Die Deutsche Bühne in the category „Unusually convincing theatre work away from major theatre centres“. In 2014/15, the opera division of the Heidelberg Theatre was awarded one of the most prestigious German theatre prizes, the Prize of the German Theatre and Media Publishers 2014. Singers and productions of the opera divisions led by him were nominated four times for the prestigious German Theatre Prize „Der Faust“: 2018, 2016 and 2013 (opera division of the Heidelberg Theatre), 2010 (Anhaltisches Theater Dessau). He is a regular jury member at important singing competitions, including the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti, the Innsbruck Early Music Festival and the Belvedere Singing Competition.
Andreas Gruhn was born in Berlin in 1959. After graduating from high school he trained as a typesetter. He then studied acting at the Berlin University of the Arts and was subsequently engaged in Ulm, Tübingen and at the Luisenburg Festival in Wunsiedel. Since 1993 he has worked as a director and author in Berlin, Zittau and Essen. He has directed the Children’s and Youth Theatre Dortmund since 1999.
Xin Peng Wang has been ballet director since 2003. Born in Dalian (China), he received his dance training at the local art academy. His first engagement led him to the Beijing Central Dance Company. He studied choreography at the Peking Dance Academy and at the Essen Folkwang Hochschule. After moving to Germany, he was engaged as a dancer at the Aalto Ballet in Essen. Since 1996 he has worked as a freelance choreographer worldwide, for the Hong Kong Ballet, National Ballet of China Beijing, Contemporary Dance Festival in New York, Ballet of the Semperoper Dresden, Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam and the Royal Ballet van Vlaanderen Antwerp.
He created more than 40 different productions for Theatre Dortmund. In 2014 he founded the NRW Junior Ballet under the motto „Dance needs a future“, which has developed under his direction into an international „dance ambassador of Dortmund“.
Julia Wissert, born 1984 in Freiburg, Germany, studied theatre and media production in London at the University of Surrey under Felix Barrett (Punchdrunk), Kasia Zaremba-Byrne (NIE) and Habib Nagmouchin (Théâtre du Soleil). After her studies she was the assistant director at the theatres of Freiburg and Basel and at the Staatstheater Oldenburg. In 2010 she showed the production Haram by Ad de Bont and was responsible for various small projects. At the beginning of 2013 she directed Das Interview by Theo van Gogh at the Junges Theater Göttingen. From 2011 to 2014 she studied directing at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2014 she received the Kurt Hübner Directing Prize for her diploma production of The Boy at the door at the State Theatre Wiesbaden. She works as a freelance director at the Gorki Theater Berlin, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater Brno in the Czech Republic and Lucerne Theater, among others. She is the artistic director of (Drama) Theatre Dortmund (Schauspiel).