Gesine Danckwart

Gesine Danckwart - © Eddy Sasse
© Eddy Sasse
Gesine Danckwart was born in Elmshorn and grew up in the countryside near Lübeck, and then worked in various capacities at theatres in Vienna, Mülheim, and Berlin. While pursuing drama studies she set up a place for alternative theatre in the Moabit district of Berlin. Work on her own pieces developed out of directing and performance projects. Gesine Danckwart now lives in Berlin as author and maker of theatre.

Prizes and Awards:

  • Günther Grass Grant/Wewelsfleth, 1999
  • City of Berlin Author's Grant, 2000
  • Invitation to the Heidelberg Play Market with "Traummaschine", 2000

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Gesine Danckwart in the Theatre Library


    Täglich Brot ("Daily Bread")

    Five singles, who "want to make something of themselves", are struggling with and for themselves so as not to go under in the competitive arena. That makes them likeable, quite independently of how they present themselves. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • "Walgesänge von Menschen und Tieren"
      Premiere: Nationaltheater Mannheim, 2009
    • "Und die Welt steht still"
      Premiere: Nationaltheater Mannheim, 2009
    • "Auto"
      Premiere: Theater Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, 2009
    • "Ping Tan Tales"
      Premiere: Sophiensäle, Berlin, 2008
    • "Heißes Wasser für alle" (i.e."Hot Water for Everyone")
      Premiered at the Vienna Festival, 2004
    • "Meinnicht"
      Premiere: Thalia Theater Hamburg, October 2002
    • "Täglich Brot"
      Premiere: Theaterhaus Jena (in conjunction with the Sophiensäle, Berlin, TIF Dresden, and the Thalia Theater, Hamburg), 2001
    • "Summerwine"
      Premiere: Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf, 2001
    • "Arschkarte"
      Premiere: Junges Theater Göttingen, 2000
    • "Traummaschine"
    • "Überall in der Badewanne wo nicht Wasser ist"
      Premiere: Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover, 2000
    • "Girlsnightout"
      Premiere: Theater Neumarkt, Zürich, 1999