Justo was born in Valencia, Spain. After finishing his education as a professional dancer in the Netherlands, he performed with established dance companies as well as in the independent dance scene in the Netherlands and in Germany. He studied classical dance pedagogy and, in addition to his work as lecturer for dance at the Folkwang University of Arts, has been responsible for the educational work of Ballett Dortmund since 2008. There he regularly choreographs full-evening performances for young, non-professional dancers from different cultures, using a wide variety of technics and styles. He also regularly guests as ballet master, rehearsal director and choreographic assistant at various theaters. He is a board member of the German Professional Association for Dance Pedagogy.
Michael Eickhoff studied history, sociology and German literature in Bielefeld and Paris. Since 2000 he has been working as production manager, dramaturg, curator and lecturer for various theaters (Theater Bonn, Wiesbaden and Bielefeld) and universities. From 2010 to 2020 he was part of the artistic management team at Schauspiel Dortmund under the direction of Kay Voges as (chief) dramaturg. Here he has accompanied a large number of productions, curated discourse series, festivals and international guest performances, and co-created the concept and the funding of the Academy for Theater and Digitality.
He is particularly interested in theater in discourse with various social actors, political activism, journalism and a variety of related disciplines of art.
Since summer 2020 he has been part of the Academy for Theater and Digitality, a model project for artistic research into digital technologies for the performing arts.
Lisa studied German and Englisch Literature (BA) followed by a Master’s programme in Comparative Literature, both at the University of Paderborn. Along with her studies she was part of the student body of the faculty of Germanistik, Anglistik and Romanistik – her voluntary work included organising the annual students elections, working as a tutor and starting as well as caring for the Social Media Pages, mainly Facebook and plans expanding the Social Media presence further.
She did several internships at publishing houses, mainly in the editorial office, where she worked part time as a student assistent. In spring 2016 she did an internship in the PR at Schauspiel Dortmund. From summer 2016 on she now works in the PR department together with her colleague Djamak Homayoun.
In september 2019 she spent a month as part of the staff exchange programme of the European Theatre Convention at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.
From Season 2020/21 she will be responsible for the social media pages of the Schauspiel 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.
Matthias‘ first contact with classical music was in his childhood, when he started studying violin and sang in children’s choirs. Later this passion should become his job. After graduating from school he spent two years in Israel and Palestine, then he studied business administration (Universität Mannheim) and cultural management (Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar). He has worked for different theaters (Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Theater Freiburg), festivals (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and orchestras (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra) in different positions, for example as an assistant director, in orchestra management, dramaturgy or music education.
Since 2018 he works at Oper Dortmund as a dramaturg, mainly responsible for opera for children and young people.
Sven is a freelance game designer and ux designer working in Berlin and The Hague. He graduated with a university diploma in communication design, and worked since 2008 in the games industry, where he contributed to several shipped titles. Among them, massively-multiplayer-online games, but also smaller indie mobile games. One ongoing project, Phoenix II (iOS), is a featured “Game of the Day”, and a demo game installed by Apple on showroom devices. Sven attended several GDC Game Developer Conferences in Cologne, Austin and San Franscisco, mainly with focus on game writing; worked with D&D author and fantasy writers to develop new franchises; and gave several two-day workshops for students on interactive storytelling and narrative design. Sven has a research interest in (game) metaphors.
Thierry is a Canadian composer working in Germany. He holds a B.Mus. (Hons) in composition from McGill University, an M.Mus. from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he studied with Richard Ayres, and is an Alumnus of the Akademie Musiktheater Heute fellowship. His music has been performed across North America and Europe and recent works have focused on vocal and text-based music, including five chamber operas. Thierry has won many prizes, including the Berliner Opernpreis 2018 and the Canada Council’s prestigious Jules-Léger Prize. He is currently composer in residence for Oper Dortmund. His work, described as both “exuberant”and “macabre”, explores the grey area between humour and darkness as well as truth and lie, walking a tightrope between comedy, tragedy, and horror.
Zsófia was born in Budapest. 2010-2015 she studied stage directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in the class of Gábor Székely and Viktor Bodó. In 2018 she gained another master’s degree in opera directing at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. In 2017 she staged My Corporate Identity by Thierry Tidrow at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the same year she directed Tannhäuser für Kinder at the Bayreuther Festspiele, which production she also staged in San Juan, Argentina in 2019. In 2018 she and Thierry Tidrow won the Berliner Opernpreis for Prosthetics of Autonomy – a sci-fi opera. Also in 2018 she led a Shakespeare workshop at the University of California, Berkeley. Since the autumn of 2019 she teaches acting for singers at the Hanns Eisler Berlin.
Franziska began writing for theater at the age of 14 as a scholarship holder of the ZEIT-Stiftung at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Today she is a playwright and librettist.
Born in Hamburg in 1991, she lives and works in Berlin now. Here she studied Theaterstudies, Journalism & Communication (Bachelor of Arts) and Szenisches Schreiben at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK). In 2017 she received the Kleist-Förderpreis für junge Dramatikerinnen und Dramatiker for her play TOD FÜR EINS ACHTZIG GELD (first premiere: at Ruhrfestspiele, by Schauspiel Hannover). For her libretto PROTHESEN DER AUTONOMIE – a sci-fi opera – she won the Berlin Opernpreis in 2018, together with Zsófia Geréb and Thierry Tidrow.
She was the German delegate at the International Young Playwrights Festival of Interplay Europe in Izmir and a scholarship holder at the Centre National des Ecritures du Spectacles La Chartreuse, Avignon.
The experimental opera MERCHANDISE MEDEA, for which she wrote the libretto, was invited to this year’s Performing Arts Festival Berlin.