Underviser

Herbert Fritsch

Herbert Fritsch was born on 20 January 1951 in Augsburg, trained as an actor at the Otto Falckenberg School of the Performing Arts in Munich and went on to appear at many theatres in Germany and abroad. From 1993 to 2007, he was one of the most influential figures at the Berlin Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz under Frank Castorf.

Although Fritsch was already 56 years old when he directed his first full-length piece at a municipal theatre in 2007, Molière’s The Miser at Theater Luzern, his move from the stage to the director’s chair did not come entirely as a surprise. In the days when he was working as an actor, Fritsch had directed two short pieces for a show at the Berlin Volksbühne in 1993. In addition to this, he had held numerous exhibitions of his own photographs and computer animations, and in 2000 he had begun developing the serial, intermedia art project hamlet_X.

The Miser in Lucerne was followed by other plays directed between 2007 and 2011 at various venues, including the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, Theater Oberhausen, the neues theater Halle and the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

The director achieved his decisive breakthrough with a double invitation to the 2011 Berlin Theatertreffen – for which the jury selected both Fritsch’s Gerhart Hauptmann interpretation The Beaver Coat and his Oberhausen production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Since then, he has worked as a director at major theatres such as the Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspiel Köln and the Berlin Volksbühne, where his production of The Spanish Fly, a farce by Franz Arnold and Ernst Bach, earned him yet another invitation to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2012.

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