Susanne Kennedy

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Born in Friedrichshafen in 1977, Susanne Kennedy is a theatre director. She studied directing at the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and created her first productions for Dutch theatres. In 2011, Johan Simons invited her to work with the ensemble of Münchner Kammerspiele. This was followed by productions of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (2011), Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt (2013) by Marieluise Fleisser and Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (2014) based on the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler. For Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt, Susanne Kennedy was voted Young Director of the Year by Theater heute magazine and moreover received the 3sat Prize. The productions of Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt and Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? were invited to Berliner Theatertreffen in 2014 and, respectively, 2015. Her co-operation with Ruhrtriennale led to the music theatre parcours Orfeo (2015) and to the multimedia piece MEDEA.MATRIX (2016), the latter a collaboration with visual artist Markus Selg. Her first world premiere at Volksbühne Berlin was Women in Trouble in 2018, followed by Coming Society in 2019. The project Die Selbstmord-Schwestern – The Virgin Suicides (2017, Münchner Kammerspiele), based on motifs from the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, was shown by Wiener Festwochen in 2018. Her latest works include Drei Schwestern for Münchner Kammerspiele in 2019 und Ultraworld at Volksbühne Berlin in 2020. In Oracle (2020), she directed a walk through artistic spaces by Markus Selg. For I AM (VR) for Kampnagel 2021, this experience was transported into virtual reality. In 2022, she produced her first music theatre with the opera Einstein on the Beach at Theater Basel, presented at Wiener Festwochen in the same year.

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