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Frank Castorf

Frank Castorf German theatre director

German theatre director
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Intro German theatre director
A.K.A. Castorf
Countries German Democratic Republic Germany
Occupations Theater professional Theatre director Theatre manager Film director Screenwriter
Gender male
Birth 17 July 1951 (Berlin)
Star sign CancerCancer
Education Humboldt University of Berlin
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Frank Castorf (born 17 July 1951 in East Berlin) is a German theater director and was from 1992 to 2015 the artistic director of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. His work is often associated with postdramatic theatre.

Life

Early Years

Castorf's father was an ironmonger. Frank Castorf successfully completed his schooling in 1969/70, entering a training for railwaywork. Between 1970 and 1972 he undertook military service with the army's National Border Force.

He then, between 1971 and 1976, attended the Humboldt University of Berlin, studying theatrology. His teachers included Ernst Schumacher, Rudolf Münz and Joachim Fiebach. His diploma dissertation, which was formally commended, was entitled "Ground rules for the 'development' of Ionesco's global ideological perspective and artistic-aesthetic position". He made numerous culturally focused visits to Poland during this period.

In 2013, he directed a "deliberately incoherent" production of the Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival, which was booed by the audience.

Literature

Secondary material

  • Hans-Thies Lehmann: Postdramatic Theatre. translated and with an introduction by Karen Jübs-Munby, Routledge, London and New York 2006, ISBN 978-0-415-26813-4.
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