Thomas Jonigk

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Thomas Jonigk was born in Eckernförde in 1966. He took Medieval Studies, Modern German Literature and Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
His close collaboration with the director Stefan Bachmann began with the founding of "Theater Affekt”, an independent theatre group. From 1997 to 1999 he was head dramaturge and director at the Wiener Schauspielhaus under Hans Gratzer. Thomas Jonigk lives and works as a freelance writer in Berlin.

Prizes and Awards:

  • Preis der Frankfurter Autorenstiftung (1993)
  • Nachwuchsdramatiker des Jahres "Theater heute" (1995)
  • "Stücke"-Förderpreis des Goethe-Instituts for "Du sollst mir Enkel schenken" (1995)
  • Drama-Logue Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theater for "Du sollst mir Enkel schenken" (1995)

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Thomas Jonigk in the Theatre Library



    Petra has been abused by her father Erwin for years and her mother Karin turns a blind eye. Magda rapes her son Paul, but no one hears his cries for help. This shared fate brings the children together and they try, with some success, to put a stop to their parents' abuse. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • "Hotel Capri"
      UA Residenztheater, München, 2013
    • "Weiter träumen" (i.e. "Continue Dreaming")
      UA Schauspielhaus Zürich, 2011
    • "Martin Salander"
      UA Schauspielhaus Zürich, 2009
    • "Heliogabel" (i.e."Heliogabalus)",
      premiered at the Ruhr Triennale, Duisburg, 2004
    • "Jupiter"(i.e."Jupiter"), a monologue based on his novel of the same name,
      premiered at the Freiburg Theater, 2004
    • "Die Elixiere des Teufels"
    • "Triumph der Schauspielkunst"
      Premiere: "Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin", January 2000
    • "Täter"
      Premiere: "Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg", December 1999
    • "Rottweiler" (1998)
      Premiere: "Schauspielhaus Wien", November 1994
    • "Du sollst mir Enkel schenken"
      Premiere: "Schauspiel Bonn", October 1994
    • "Von blutroten Sonnen, die am Himmelszelt sinken"
      Premiere: "Bühnen der Stadt Köln", April 1994