Michael Thalheimer

Michael Thalheimer is a german theatre director. Born 1965 in Münster near Frankfurt am Main. Apprenticeship as a drummer, from 1985 to 1989 he studied at the University for Music and Theatre in Bern/Switzerland. From 1992 he worked as an actor, until in 1997 he began directing himself.

Thalheimer had his breakthrough as a director in 2000 with the much debated staging of Ferenc Mólnars Liliom at Thalia Theater in Hamburg and the acclaimed staging of Festen by Thomas Vinterberg/Mogens Rukow at Staatsschauspiel Dresden. From 2000-2008 he had his primary base at Thalia Theater in Hamburg and Deutsches Theater in Berlin, where he became a part of the artistic direction in 2005. During this period he created a number of much acclaimed performances, such as Emilia Galotti (Deutsches Theater, 2001), Liebelei (Thalia Theater, 2001), Lulu (Thalia Theater, 2004), Faust I-II (Deutsches Theater 2004-5), Orestien (Deutsches Theater, 2006), Die Ratten (Deutsches Theater, 2007) and recently Unschuld (Deutsches Theater, 2011). During the last years, Thalheimer has begun directing outside the German speaking area, for instance he directed Kasimir and Karoline at Dramaten in Stockholm in 2008, The Battle of Black and Dogs at Théâtre des Amandiers, Nanterre in Paris, 2010, and this season he is directing Ghosts at The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. Since 2005 he has also directed opera, including Rigoletto at the opera in Basel in 2005 and The Abduction From the Seraglio at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin in 2009.

Micahel Thalheimer has received a number of prizes and awards, including the Nestroy Theatre Award and the Berliner-Fridrich-Luft-Preis. Six of his performances have been invited to the prestigious annual Theatertreffen in Berlin.




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