Awards | Prizes
Schauspielschultreffen Graz 2018
Marielle Layher and Daniel Fleischmann
ADK graduates Marielle Layher and Daniel Fleischmann (2019) were given the Scene Award of the Bundeswettbewerb zur Förderung des deutschsprachigen Schauspielnachwuchses, held at the 2018 Schauspielschultreffen in Graz. They won for their performance of »Amédée, Or How to Get Rid of It« from »It’s not over there, it’s there« – Scenes by Eugène Ionesco, directed by Christian von Treskow and first performed at the ADK in December 2017. Further information on the award is available here.
Marta Award 2018
Scenic Design and Costuming by Nele Bühler and Luise Ehrenwerth
»It isn’t over there, it’s there: Scenes by Eugène Ionesco«. Director: Christian von Treskow
At the 2018 SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER festival in Brno, Czech Republic, Nele Bühler and Luise Ehrenwerth (Dresden Academy of Fine Arts) were presented with the Marta Award for their costuming and scenic design, »in recognition of supporting the creation of a world of powerful association, dynamic aesthetic and bizarre yet well-judged characters, with a clear style of ensemble acting and stylization.«
Further information may be found here.
Chemnitz Theater Prize for Young Drama 2018
Sören Hornung – a 2017 finalist for the Osnabrück Dramatist Prize as well as a 2018 finalist of the Heidelberger Stückemarkt – was awarded the Chemnitz Theater Prize for Young Drama 2018 in May. The directing graduate of the ADK received the prize after the premiere of his piece »Sieben Geister« (»Seven Ghosts«) under the direction of Laura Linnenbaum. Hornung works as an independent director and author. His productions have been staged at the Schauspiel Stuttgart, the Theater Rampe in Stuttgart, Hamburg’s Thalia Theater, the Theater Augsburg, and the Volkstheater Rostock.
Grant Recipient – Performing Arts 2018
of the Baden-Württemberg Arts Foundation
In 2016, Anna-Elisabeth Frick was awarded the Prize of the 13th Körber Studio Junge Regie. With a production grant of €10 000, the Körber Foundation supports prize winners in a new production either at a city/municipal theater or an independent theater. Anna-Elisabeth Frick’s production of »The Exterminating Angel« (based on the film of Luis Buñuel) is supported by the grant and will open in April 2019. Anna-Elisabeth Frick is also the 2018 Grantee for Performing Arts of the Baden-Württemberg Arts Foundation. Her production of »Faust« premiered at the Schleswig-Holstein Regional Theater in Rendsburg in October 2018.
She graduated from the ADK directing program in 2017.
Advancement Award Junge Talente.ch
Student Prize Drama 2018 Migros Culture Percentage
Valks, acting class of 2019, was awarded a 2018 Student Prize in Drama of the Migros Culture Percentage. The Advancement Award supports outstanding young artists in their transition from training to stage. Additionally, Zoë Valks was accepted into the advancement program »Junge Talente.ch«, which allows Swiss acting students to shoot a short film with experienced directors. The film will be presented January 2019 at the Solothurn Film Festival.
The Marie-Zimmermann-Stipend for Dramaturgy 2017 is awarded to dramaturg Jeffrey Döring, ADK alumnus. The stipend, created to support young dramaturgs in the German-language theater scene, includes a two-month residency at the Academy Schloss Solitude, which organizes and awards the stipend and prize.
First Prize in the Academy Competition
SPOLETO 59 / Festival Dei 2 Mondi
»Concerning Shakespeare. Strategies of Survival: Moor and More«
Director: Faraz Baghaei
Workshop production in the 3rd year of the directing program, created as part of the thematic module »Shakespeare«.
As part of the program »European Young Theatre 2016«, Faraz Baghaei’s production »Moore and More« shared first prize of the academy competition with »Aringhe e Patate« (Carmeló Alú, Accademie »Silvio d’Amico«).
Actors: Sophia Hankings-Evans, Ruzbeh Mirmoayadi, Baris Tangobay | Dramaturgy: Anna Stegherr | Design: Lynn Scheidweiler / Ariane Koziolek (ABK Stuttgart) | Music: Maximilian Clouth (Film Academy)
First Prize of the Körber Studio Junge Regie 2016
»Die Unerhörte« Director: Anna-Elisabeth Frick
Workshop production in the 3rd year of the directing program, created as part of the thematic module »Oresteia«.
The jury of the 13th Körber Studio Junge Regie 2016 voted unanimously to award its first prize to Anna-Elisabeth Frick for her directorial work on »Die Unerhörte« (»Unheard of«), saying: »The production takes a risk. It examines the tragedy of the unheard-of; cutting across all genre boundaries. The performers let themselves go and are touching in their mad comedy, deep seriousness, and fascinating moment of unpredictability.« With production budget support of €10 000, the Körber-Stiftung supports prize winners in directing work at a city/municipal theater or within the independent scene.
Actors: Matthias Breitenbach, Anna Gesa-Raija Lappe, Dario Neumann, Louis von Klipstein | Dramaturgy: Anna-Katharina Müller | Design: Christian Blechschmidt (ABK Stuttgart) | Design assistant: Sonia Hoyler (ABK Stuttgart) | Choir director: Henrike Eichhorn (Schauspiel Stuttgart)
Marta Award 2016
SETKÁNÍ / ENCOUNTER Festival
Set and costume design by Clara Nothdurft
»5.6. – 11.6. (tot) 15.6. (Auferstehung). Acting project after Einar Schleef« Thesis project, 3rd year acting program. Director: Christiane Pohle
Clara Nothdurft’s set and costume designs were honored with a Marta Award at the 2016 ENCOUNTER Festival in Brno, Czech Republic: »In recognition for creating a dynamic set and costume design that supported the world of the play with a clear and imaginative theatrical canvas that acted as the foundation for a powerful ensemble production of »5.6. – 11.6. (tot) 15.6. (Auferstehung)«.«
Actors: Lea Beie, Janosch Fries, Louis von Klipstein, Jens Lamprecht, Anna Gesa-Raija Lappe, Esra Laske, Tobias Loth, Ann-Christin Mündner, Dario Neumann and Laila Richter | Set/Costume Design: Clara Nothdurft (ABK Stuttgart) | Dramaturgy: Malte Ubenauf | Music: Marie Goyette | Assistant Director: Franziska Weber | Assistant Set/Costume Designer: Mira Phumdorkmai (ABK Stuttgart)
Advancement Prize of the Schiller Memorial Prize 2016
2015 graduate, received the Advancement Prize of the 2016 Schiller Memorial Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg. He and his co-recipient, the playwright Miroslava Svolikova, »have enriched contemporary theater with their work. With this prize, we aim to enable them to have further important experiences in the theater«, said Theresia Bauer, Minister for Science, Research, and Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Hornbach’s recent piece »Über meine Leiche« (»Over my dead body«) had already been awarded the Osnabrück Dramatists’ Prize, as well as being represented on the Heidelberger Stückemarkt. In June 2016, »Über meine Leiche« was previewed in a production of the Vienna Burgtheater; the premiere occurred 2016 at the Theater Osnabrück under the direction of Marlene Anna Schäfer.
First Prize of the Munich Advancement Award for German-language Drama 2016
2018 graduate of the ADK, won first prize in the Munich Advancement Award for German-language Drama 2016, given by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich in cooperation with the Drei Masken Verlag and the Münchener Kammerspiele. It carries an attached €6 000 prize money.
Weermann’s piece »Abraum« (»Overburden«) was selected for its authentic, light language, whose »poetic and gruesome images« probe decay. »The young generation speaking here«, praised Guido Huller (Drei Masken Verlag), »is lost, for it has no role models or goals. Weermann manages to add a nuance to this desperate struggle, making the hard tone of these young people very quiet and pensive.« The premiere of the piece occurred in March 2017 at the Münchener Kammerspiele, after which the piece was invited to the Körber Studio Junge Regie, where a production of Weermann’s »Der entfesselte Wotan« (»Odin unleashed«) was shown concurrently. Weermann’s production of »Fahrenheit 451« at the Schauspiel Stuttgart – simultaneously his graduation thesis for ADK – was invited to »radikal jung 2018« in Munich.
Weermann’s short film »Das Paket« (»The package«) was screened at renowned national and international festivals for short film. Weerman created it as a student at the ADK, in cooperation with the Film Academy. Weermann was nominated to present the film at the 2018 Bundes Festival Film, the annual culmination of the national German competitions Deutscher Jugendfilmpreis and Deutscher Generationenfilmpreis. The set design, by Christian Blechschmidt and Lynn Scheidweiler (ABK Stuttgart) was awarded »Best Set Design« at the 2017 Watersprite Film Festival in Cambridge.
In November 2018, Weermann directed the world premiere of his new text »Odem« (»Breath«) at the Kassel State Theater.
Youth Prize of the 31st Heidelberger Stückemarkt
Daniel Foerster, for
»Tanzen! Tanzen!« (»Dance! Dance!«)
Daniel Foerster, born 1986 in Göttingen, has assisted and held student residencies at the HAU Berlin, the Vienna Festwochen, the Theater Freiburg, and Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater. From 2011 to 2015, he studied directing at the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg, during which time he undertook numerous cooperative projects with the Film Academy as well as scenic installations and interventions in public spaces beyond the stage.
His production »Borkman«, based on Ibsen, was shown at the Körber Studio Junge Regie in May 2014, while his production of A »Clockwork Orange« after Anthony Burgess – created in cooperation with the Schauspiel Stuttgart while Foerster was still a student – had guest performances at the 2015 Young Artist Week in Salzburg. As part of the 2015 Spieltriebe Festival at the Theater Osnabrück, he directed »Archiv der Erschöpfung« (»Archive of Exhaustion«) by Sascha Hargesheimer.
Desirevolution after Matias Faldbakken and Thomas Mann
Direction: Christiane Pohle | Benedikt Haubrich
Graduation thesis of 3rd-year acting students in cooperation with the Stuttgart State Academy of Art & Design
At the »Week of young actors« that took place in Bensheim for the eighteenth time in May 2013, the Günther-Rühle-Prize was awarded to the production »Desirevolution«, created by ADK’s third-year acting students. The prize, awarded by the city of Bensheim, carries prize money of €3 000.
The jury reasoned that the young drama artists had »dared to wage a frontal attack«: »The rage and aggression visible on the stage became clear as a generation-specific problem we must engage with. These figures live in a world in which society has completely left them behind. No one cares for them because it hurts to look and listen to their stories.« The jury emphasized that the prize, usually awarded to one or more actors individually, was being given »purposely to a collective without emphasizing individual names. In the face of strapped regional finances, it has sadly become all too imaginable that not all graduates of our acting schools will find a place in the established theater business. This prize is intended as an encouragement to develop forms of theater which, much like »Desirevolution«, can reach their intended audience in a more flexible, direct way. In the long term, theater can remain indispensable only if it does not keep with outdated traditions but finds ever new ways to make society face up to itself.«
The »Week of young actors« is organized by the City of Bensheim, the German Academy of Performing Arts, and other institutions.