ASSITEJ Österreich beim ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Serbien

Zusammen mit den deutschsprachigen ASSITEJ-Zentren aus Deutschland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg und der Schweiz werden Teile des ASSITEJ Austria Vorstandes den Rahmenprogrammpunkt RE:GENERATION

Mithilfe von vier Tischgesprächen zu unterschiedlichen Themen, die sich allerdings alle mit den Nachwuchs auseinandersetzen, möchten wir international neue Denkweisen und Ideen anregen, um dem Nachwuchs ins Theater zu holen. Wie schaut es in den unterschiedlichen Ländern aus? Gibt es dort ein Nachwuchsproblem oder nicht? Wenn ja, wie wird gegengesteuert? Was sind die Erfahrungen? Hierbei fokussieren wir uns allerdings nicht nur auf den Nachwuchs in den Zuschauerrängen, sondern auch mit dem professionellen Nachwuchs als Spieler*innen, Regisseur*innen, Autor*innen. Wie bekommt man den Nachwuchs in die Sparte Theater für junges Publikum?

Drei Tische finden bei der Veranstaltungen vor Ort in Novi Sad statt.

Ein Tisch wird im digitalen Raum zu finden sein und bietet somit Möglichkeiten auch online zu partizipieren!


Tuesday, November 21st 18.00-19.30 GMT+1 (17:00 Uhr österreichische Zeit)

3 Tables in Fabrika, Novi Sad and 1 virtual Table via Zoom hosted by the germanspeaking ASSITEJ-Centers


Virtual table on Zoom, where the three topics will feed the discussion
After registration (latest 21st of November, 15.00 GTM) via you will get the Zoom-Link

Petra Fischer
Dramaturg, curator, artistic director of „fanfaluca“, board member ASSITEJ Switzerland
has been working as a freelance dramaturge, theatre pedagogue (e.g. at Theater Chur, „Atoll“ group), lecturer (e.g. ZHdK), curator in Switzerland and Germany
since 2019.
She laid the foundations by studying theatre studies in Leipzig, working at the Theater Junge Generation Dresden, Grips Theater Berlin, Junges Schauspielhaus
Zürich, as a jury member at the Theatertreffen der Jugend and Deutscher Kinder- und Jugendtheaterpreis, at festivals such as „Augenblick mal“, „Blickfelder“,
„Schöne Aussicht“ and in the independent group „jetzt&co. Theatre Production Zurich“ and others.
She is a board member too of the Stadelhofen Theatre Association Zurich, Zirkusquartier Zurich.

Joan Mompart
Artistic director Theatre Am Stram Gram, Geneve
With over fifty performances in Switzerland and abroad, Joan Mompart is both an actor, theatre and opera director. As a teacher, he regularly teaches in drama
schools, to children and amateurs in Geneva and in France, as well as in Saint-Denis de la Réunion in the Indian Ocean. He has performed under the direction of
Ahmed Madani, Omar Porras, Pierre Pradinas, Thierry Bédard, Jean Liermier, Robert Bouvier, Robert Sandoz, Philippe Sireuil and many more. He regularly
collaborates as a narrator with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre philarmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Table „Generation change: transformation or upheaval?“

Natascha Grasser
Board of Directors ASSITEJ Austria since 2022 / Artistic Director Mezzanin Theater Graz
was born on 01.07.1984 in Judenburg
The focus of her work is the production and communication of quality theatre for all. In interdisciplinary projects, Grasser works together with artists from a
wide range of artistic disciplines in order to explore the boundaries of theatre anew each time. Her directing works have repeatedly been nominated for the
„Stella – Darstellender.Kunst.Preis für junges Publikum“.
In spring 2023 she took over the artistic direction of the Mezzanin Theatre in Graz.

Jutta M. Staerk
member of the board of Assitej Germany since 2009, vice president since 2018
worked as dramaturg at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and was artistic director of u/hof, the theatre for young audiences at Landestheater Linz/Austria. 2001
to 2007 she was the artistic director of Junges Theater Konstanz. There she programmed the International Festival TRIANGEL (2001+2004) as well as the Festival
for the Children’s Theatres of Baden-Württemberg in 2007. She has written theatre adaptations of prose and storybooks. Since January of 2008, Jutta M. Staerk
is artistic director of COMEDIA Theatre, Cologne. Here she is directing and programming festivals, such as Westwind Festival (2011/2018/2021), Spurensuche
Festival (2016) and the annual “Spielarten“ Festival. She is member of several jurys and the team of “Directors in TYA – an International Exchange” organised by
Assitej Germany.

Judith Bethke
Next generation, Germany
Judith Bethke was born in 1998 in Hamburg (Germany), where in addition to internships and assistantships she also realised her first own projects. After a oneyear stay abroad in Zagreb (Croatia), where she came into a first contact with New Circus as well as with Figure and Object Theatre, she began her studies in
Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen (Germany) in autumn 2019. Since then she has been conceptualizing, writing, performing and organising, building costumes,
experimenting with sound as well as with artistic and pedagogical research – mostly on socio-political issues. She works in the independent theatre scene: solo,
in the „geteiltdurchdrei kollektiv“ (collective for theatre for young audiences) as well as in changing project collectives. 2022-2023, she has been studying
Directing as a guest student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Detlef Köhler
between 2012 and 2018 boardmember of ASSITEJ Germany
Born in Frankfurt in 1959, Detlef Köhler completed a carpentry apprenticeship and trained to become a certified cultural manager. From 1982 to 1992 he
studied cultural anthropology. From 1984 to 1989 he was a member of a carpentry collective in Frankfurt, since then he has continued to work intermittently as
a staircase builder as well as an exhibition and stage constructor. From 1989 to 1992 he supported theatre groups from Colombia, Peru, the Philippines and
Nicaragua on tour. Since 1992 he is working with mobile theatre „TheaterGrueneSosse“ (Frankfurt), in front of, under and behind the stage. As of 2000, he has
been involved in the artistic direction at “Starke Stücke Festival” (Frankfurt), he was chairman of “FLUX”, an association for the cooperation of theatre and
school in Hessen e.V., from 2010 to 2022. He also sat on the jury for „Schöne Aussicht Festival“ (Baden-Wuerttemberg) and „Westwind Festival“ (North RhineWestphalia) 2018 and the 10th „Deutsches Kinder-Theater-Fest“ (Lübeck) 2022.


Table „Young professionals: Welcome to TYA“

Georg Biedermann
President ASSITEJ Liechtenstein
Georg Biedermann is a Jury member at Blickfelder Festival 2024 in Zurich and a member of the administrative board of the Vorstadttheater Basel (CH). During
his career as a teacher he pursued further training in the field of theater education, professional children’s and youth theater,
art education and cultural education. He has organised many theater projects with children and young people in Liechtenstein. From 1992 – 2021 he was the
Artistic director of the children’s and youth theater programme at the TAK Theater Liechtenstein.

Jean Bermes
since 2022 President ASSITEJ Luxembourg
The luxembourgish singing-performer Jean Bermes studied singing and conducting at the university Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Conservatorium van
Amsterdam. He works as a singer and music direcotr on various European stages. His repertoire includes classical roles as well as many contemporary pieces
and world premieres. He is co-founder and artistic co-director of the cie Kopla Bunz, which specializes in interdisciplinary music and dance theater for all ages.
His passion is performing and inventing musical theater pieces, installations and theatralized concerts for a young audience. Jean is a founding member of
Assitej Luxembourg.

Anja Sczilinski
Chairperson of the Board ASSITEJ Austria / Director Burgtheaterstudio Vienna
Her work as a director and cultural mediator, including many projects in contemporary dance, has brought her into contact with both the independent scene in
Germany and the dance scene in São Paulo, Brazil, but above all to many major German-speaking theatre institutions. Before becoming a member of the
management team at the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel, where she was able to build up and establish the young division, she led a model project for cultural
education at the Schauspielhaus Graz and helped to establish OPER AKTIV! in Graz, taught at various colleges, universities and educational institutions in
Germany, Austria and Italy, and since 2019 she has been the artistic director of the BURGTHEATERSTUDIO at the Burgtheater.
She is strongly committed to the professional development of young actors, directors and authors, as well as to young audiences.

Amelie Biedermann
Next Generation, Liechtenstein
Amélie Biedermann has been playing theater since she was 4 years old. She took part as an actress and a director in numerous productions, including the young
THEATER Liechtenstein, the fabriggli Buchs and the Sisyphus theater group at the Liechtenstein Gymnasium and is member of the improv ensemble at the
Kreativ Akademie Liechtenstein. Theater is her great passion and after a internship at TAK Theater Liechtenstein she’ll pursue her dream to study at an acting

Mechthild Harnischmacher
Freelance director, Austria
She already wrote plays for young people in her school days and performed them especially with children with special educational needs. After graduating from
high school, she lived in Tanzania for a year, where she initiated several children’s theatre projects. Afterwards, she first completed a hotel management
apprenticeship, then studied German language and literature, art history, theatre and cultural studies and began working as an assistant director with Martin
Kušej at the Residenztheater in Munich. With him, she moved to Vienna’s Burgtheater, where she was a permanent assistant director from 2020-2022. Here she
made her directorial debut in the Vestibule of the Burgtheater with the production Ich, Ikarus by Oliver Schmaering, which was awarded the STELLA*22
Darstellender.Kunst.Preis as an outstanding children’s play. Since then she has worked as a freelance director in German-speaking countries.


Table „Young people: participation at all levels“

Julia Dina Hesse
dramaturg, director, presenter and cultural scientist, member of the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ International and one of the Vice-Presidents of ASSITEJ
From 2008 to 2012, she worked as a dramaturg for Junges Nationaltheater and Junge Oper at Nationaltheater Mannheim. From 2012 to 2018, she was artistic
director of the Junges Theater Münster, where she directed, among other productions, several plays for early years that also toured internationally. Julia
currently works in Germany and internationally as a freelance dramaturg and director. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Münster since 2014.
She received a postgraduate fellowship at the University of Hildesheim in 2019 and conducts research on the engagement with environmental sustainability on
stage and backstage in performances for and with young people.

Valerie Eichmann
cultural manager and cultural educator, Germany
She works for ASSITEJ Germany as an advisor for networking and further education in the funding program NEUSTART KULTUR – Junges Publikum as well as in
the field of child and youth participation at Kinder- und Jugendtheaterzentrum in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Before she completed the master’s degree
program in cultural education and cultural studies at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, she worked in theater mediation at Staatstheater Mainz.

Alicia Ulfik
Next generation, young curator in the selection committee for the „Augenblickmal“ festival 2025, Germany
As a child, Alicia Ulfik has always been interested in theatre and film, especially acting. Due to school, she couldn’t resume her activities in theatre. After she got
her high school diploma, she started her voluntary social year at the Ruhrtriennale in the young audience section. That’s how Drama Control Bochum became
aware of her and invited her to become part of the children and youth advisory board. After that, she was invited to the representation for young perspektives
at the „Augenblickmal“ festival 2023.

Betsy Dentzer
freelance storyteller, actress and theater pedagogue, board member of ASSITEJ Luxembourg
She was born in Luxembourg in 1985. After studying social work, she completed a Master of Arts in Applied Theatre at the Universität der Künste Berlin while
continuing her education in the art of storytelling. Since 2011, she has been working on numerous interdisciplinary projects and touring with a series of
storytelling programs. In 2021, together with storyteller Luisa Bevilacqua, she founded the association Erzielkonscht, whose goal is to promote artistic
storytelling with a special focus on an adult audience. In addition, Betsy Dentzer has a special focus on theater for young audiences; she has been on stage for
numerous children’s (music) theater productions, was co-director of the Cie Theater Traverse from 2016 to 2021 and has been a member of the Cie Kopla Bunz
since 2021. Betsy Dentzer is a founding member of Assitej Luxembourg.

Brigitte Walk
Actress, theatre & director, Liechtenstein
Brigitte Walk’s education includes Theatre Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the National Theater London and Federal
Association of Theater Education in Germany. During her career she has worked on various independent theatre projects, has engagements at theatre houses
including the Voralberg State Theatre, teaching positions at several Universities, projects in museums and with schools. Her expertise lies within speech training,
producing, workshops, readings and performances. She has also been involved with numerous productions with young people, with professionals and
amateurs, outdoor and site specific. She is of the head of and has won multiple awards and prizes for her work.


Der Österreichische Beitrag wurde ermöglicht durch eine Förderung des Bundesministeriums für Europäische und Internationale Angelegenheiten.