Dea Loher

© David Baltzer
© David Baltzer
Dea Loher was born in 1964 in Traunstein, Bavaria. After studying German and Philosophy in Munich, she lived for some time in Brazil. When she returned from South America, Dea Loher went to live in Berlin, where she worked in radio and studied playwriting at the Hochschule der Künste. She lives and works as a freelance writer in Berlin.

Prizes and Awards:

  • Dramatikerpreis der "Hamburger Volksbühne" 1990
  • Royal Court Theatre Playwrights Award 1992
  • "Stücke"-Förderpreis des Goethe-Instituts 1993 for "Tätowierung"
  • Preis der Frankfurter Autorenstiftung 1993
  • Wahl zur Nachwuchsdramatikerin der Jahre 1993 und 1994 in "Theater heute"
  • Fördergabe des Schiller-Gedächtnispreises von Baden-Württemberg 1995
  • Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz-Preis der Stadt Jena 1997
  • Gerrit Engelke-Preis der Stadt Hannover 1997
  • Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 1998
  • Invitation to the Mülheimer Theatertage 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2005
  • With "Das Leben auf der Praça Roosevelt" invitation to festivals in São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro in 2004.
  • 2008: Mülheim Dramatists’ Award for “The Final Fire”

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Dea Loher in the Theatre Library


    Am Schwarzen See (At Black Lake)

    Eddie and Cleo live in a house by the lake. They had to take out a loan in order to keep the brewery they have inherited competitive. More ...

    Diebe ("Thieves")

    Finn, an insurance broker, opens his eyes and knows he will never walk again. His sister Linda has seen a wolf and hopes her spa hotel, which is threatened with bankruptcy, will soon be located in the middle of a nature protection area. Erwin, the father of the two, would like just once to have a normal conversation, about the weather or the stars. More ...

    Das letzte Feuer ("The Final Fire")

    On the day when Rabe, the stranger, moves into the recently developed urban neighbourhood, an accident takes place in which a child dies. Rabe is the only witness. But there is something not quite right about himMore ...

    Der dritte Sektor ("The Third Sector")

    Anna is a dressmaker, Martha a cook. Both are old. So too is Meier Ludwig, the chauffeur (according to the stage directions represented by his dog). Only Xana, the foreign cleaning lady, does not seem to have been around when the house was built, and it has to be asked where this pale and silent woman belongs. More ...

    Klaras Verhältnisse ("Klara's Relationships")

    Klara knows exactly what she doesn‘t want. She doesn‘t want to write any more instructions for irons and useful household appliances, nor does she want to become a social-security case. She wants to answer the questions: "Where am I? Who am I? What am I here for? And finally: what should I do?”More ...

    Das Leben auf der Praça Roosevelt (i.e. "Life on the Praça Roosevelt")

    'All of us were taught at a very early age how to accept the bed of nails presented by life'. Praça Roosevelt is a square in the heart of Sao Paulo: offices, brothels, bars, a bingo-hall, a tailor who does alterations ... The jobless Raimundo, known as Mundo, simply sat down on this square and stayed there.More ...

    Unschuld (i.e. "Innocence")

    A European city by the sea. Elisio and Fadoul are illegal black immigrants. They saw a woman end up in the sea and didn't help her. One of them can't sleep any longer; the other finds a bag full of money. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    © David Baltzer
    • Gaunerstück (i.e. "Rascal Play")
      Premiere: 2015, Deutsches Theater, Berlin
    • "Am Schwarzen See" (i.e. "By Lake Schwarzer See")
      Premiere: Deutsches Theater Berlin, 2012
    • Diebe (Thieves)
      Premiere: 2010, Deutsches Theater, Berlin
    • Das letzte Feuer (“The Final Fire”)
      premiered at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, 2008
    • "Das Leben auf der Praça Roosevelt" (i.e."Life on the Praça Roosevelt"),
      premiered at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, 2004
    • "Unschuld" (Innocence)
      premiered at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, 2003
    • "Magazin des Glücks" (in sieben Teilen)
      UA Thalia Theater, Hamburg, ab Oktober 2001
    • "Der dritte Sektor"
      Premiere: "Thalia Theater Hamburg", May 2001
    • "Klaras Verhältnisse"
      Premiere: "Burgtheater Wien", March 2000
    • "Manhattan Medea"
      Premiere: "Steirischer Herbst Graz", October 1999
    • "Adam Geist"
      Premiere: "Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover", February 1998
    • "Blaubart - Hoffnung der Frauen"
      Premiere: "Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München", November 1997
    • "Fremdes Haus"
      Premiere: "Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover", September 1995
    • "Leviathan"
      Premiere: "Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover", October 1993
    • "Tätowierung" (1996)
      Premiere: "Ensemble Theater am Südstern Berlin", December 1992
    • "Olgas Raum"
      Premiere: "Ernst-Deutsch-Theater Hamburg", August 1992