Oliver Bukowski

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Oliver Bukowski was born in Cottbus in 1961. After passing his school-leaving examinations, he read Philosophy from 1985 to 1990, specialising in social psychology from 1987 onwards (his dissertation was entitled “Concepts of modern motivation theory”). He then became a doctoral student of sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Bukowski co-initiated and founded the THEATERLOGE association. He abandoned his research studies in November 1991 to work as a freelance writer. He lives in Berlin.
Since 1996, he has lectured on the "Scenic Writing" course at the University of the Arts in Berlin. From 1999, he has been a visiting professor for Scenic Writing/Textwork, currently working at the University of Zürich, in Graz and for radio play conferences.
For 2013/2014, Oliver Bukowski received a working grant from the German Literature Fund e.V., Darmstadt, for his play Letzte Menschen (i.e. Last Men).

Prizes and awards:

  • 1992 Alfred Döblin Scholarship (Academy of the Arts), Scholarship from the Cultural Fund Foundation and Scholarship for Berlin Writers of the Berlin Department of Science, Research and Culture
  • 1994 Invitation to attend the Mülheimer Theatertage
  • 1994 Residential Scholarship at the Artists’ House Schloss Wiepersdorf
  • 1994 Gerhart Hauptmann Award
  • 1996 Residential Scholarship at the Atelier House Worpswede
  • 1996 German Youth Theatre Award for OB SO ODER SO (This or That)
  • 1998 Invitation to attend the Mülheimer Theatertage
  • 1999 Mülheim Dramatists Award for GÄSTE (Guests)
  • 2001 Lessing Award of the Free State of Saxony
  • 2001 Nomination for the Grimme Award for the film HINTERM HORIZONT UND WEITER (To the Horizon and Beyond)
  • 2009 Invitation to attend the Mülheimer Theatertage

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Oliver Bukowski in the Theatre Library


    Ich habe Bryan Adams geschreddert (i.e. I’ve Shredded Bryan Adams)

    No one can escape Frank’s invitation to the annual summer party. Frank is the boss and today also the host of a team that has just survived an evaluation. Gaiety and high spirits are the order of the day for this evening round the new grill with the emergency generator. But that Frank has also invited Christopher, the recently fired ex-colleague, has caused resentment and head shaking. Will Christopher come? More ...

    Critical Mass

    “For incomprehensible reasons, the employment office will remain closed today. A motley crew gradually assembles outside the door. Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany from the widest possible range of social strata are waiting for the doors to open. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • Letzte Menschen (i.e. Last Men)
      Premiere: 2015, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
    • Ich habe Bryan Adams geschreddert (i.e. I've Shredded Bryan Adams)
      Premiere: 2014, Deutsches Theater Göttingen
    • Wer ist die Waffe, Wo ist der Feind? (i.e. Who Is the Weapon, Where is the Enemy?)
      Premiere: 2013, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
    • Wenn ihr euch totschlagt ist es ein Versehen (If You Beat Yourselves to Death, it is an Accident)
      Premiere: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen/ Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg 2010
    • Kritische Masse (Critical Mass)
      Premiere: Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg 2009 Invitation to attend the Mülheimer Theatertage
    • Bowling Alone
      Premiere: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen 2007
    • Nach dem Kuss (After the Kiss)
      Premiere: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, 2006
    • Steinkes Rettung (Steinke’s Rescue)
      Premiere: neues theater halle 2005
    • Stand-by
      Premiere: Deutsches Theater Berlin, 2004
    • Allerseelen rot (All Souls Red)
      Premiere: Schlosstheater Dresden 2001
    • It works!
      Premiere: theater 89, Berlin 2001
    • Nature & Friends
      Premiere: Altonaer Theater Hamburg 2001
    • Gäste (Guests)
      Premiere: Staatstheater Braunschweig 1999 Invitation to attend the Mülheimer Theatertage, Mülheim Dramatists Award 1999
    • Nichts Schöneres (Nothing More Beautiful)
      Premiere: Staatstheater Schwerin 1998 Invitation to attend the Mülheimer Theatertage
    • Goodbye Lucy Hello Lucy
      Premiere: Freie Kammerspiele Magdeburg 1996
    • Lakoma
      Premiere: Brandenburgisches Staatstheater Cottbus 1996
    • Bis Denver (Until Denver)
      Premiere: Theater im Heizhaus Altenburg 1996
    • Die Elche, die Antilopen (Elks and Antelopes)
      Premiere: Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hanover 1995
    • Ob so oder so (This or That)
      Premiere: 3 March, Hans Otto Theatre Potsdam 1994
    • Intercity
      Premiere Freie Kammerspiele Magdeburg 1994
    • London - L.Ä. – Lübbenau (London – L.Ä. – Lubbenau)
      Premiere: Brandenburgisches Staatstheater Cottbus 1993 Invited to the Mülheimer Theatertage
    • Das Lachen und das Streicheln des Kopfes (Laughter and Head-stroking)
      Premiere: Theater 89 Berlin 1992
    • Inszenierung eines Kusses (Staging of a Kiss)
      Premiere: Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam 1992
    • Burnout, Die Verweigerung des Hohen Cehs (Burnout – Withholding the High C)
      Premiere: Theater zum Westlichen Stadthirschen Berlin 1992
    • Die Halbwertzeit der Kanarienvögel (The Half-Life of Canaries)
      Premiere: Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt 1991