Jan Neumann

Jan Neumann

Karoline Bofinger
Jan Neumann was born in 1975 in Munich. After studying drama at the August Everding Bavarian Theatre Academy, he was employed as an actor at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel in Munich and then, from the autumn of 2001, the Schauspiel Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main, where he also staged his first play goldfischen. Neumann has worked as a freelance actor, director and author since the 2006/2007 season.

Prizes and awards:
  • 2011, Scholarship Award for Comic Literature of the Brückner-Kühner Foundation and the City of Kassel

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Jan Neumann in the Theatre Library


    Frey !

    Friedemann Frey is not really a man for capricious decisions and impulsive actions. On the contrary: This unobtrusive clerical officer is viewed by his family, friends and colleagues as a well balanced fellow who can always be relied on. It is all the more puzzling when Frey fails to return home to his family’s terraced house one day, as is his habit, but sets off into the wide world.More ...

    Fundament (Foundations)

    A bomb attack on the central railway station of a major city links five characters picked out at random and draws together their stories at the moment of the catastrophe.More ...

    Kredit (“Credit”)

    Money has no value in itself. It holds out an abstract promise of happiness that can only be translated into reality if we exchange it for goods, services or information. Acquisitions and property are associated with the illusion that we can hold on tight to happiness – feelings of security, wellbeing and belonging –, can tear them away from transience. Does a person, once he or she ceases to be, really leave behind what he or she owned? What continues to live – in others? Family ties. Memory. Fragile things…More ...

    Liebesruh (i.e., "Love's Repose")

    “Regine and Karl have grown old together. Their holiday by the sea is just as lovely as all their trips in previous years. They go for strolls and dance every evening; even if Karl is a little tired from time to time. One fine morning, however, Regine does not wake up. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • Die Abschaffung der Nacht (i.e. "The Abolition of the Night")
      2015, Schauspiel Köln
    • Übersee (i.e. "Overseas")
      2014, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
    • Bagdad 3260 km (Baghdad 3260 km)
      Premiere: 2012, Staatstheater Hanover
    • Frey !
      Premiere: 2011, Staatstheater Stuttgart
    • Chihuahua
      Premiere: 2011, Nationaltheater Mannheim
    • Amazonas (Amazon), after Alfred Döblin
      Premiere: 2010, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin
    • Gott allein (God Alone)
      Premiere: Schauspielhaus Bochum as part of the Ohne alles festival
    • Knolls Katzen (Knoll's Cats)
      Premiere, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, 2010
    • Sechzehn Sommer (Sixteen Summers)
      Premiere: Theater Gera/Altenburg, short drama presented as part of the Heimat '09 project, 2009
    • Fundament (i.e."Foundations")
      Premiere: Staatstheater Stuttgart, 2009
    • Königs Moment (i.e."König's Moment")
      Premiere: Nationaltheater Mannheim, 2009
    • Herzschritt (i.e."Pacemaker")
      Premiere: Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, 2008
    • Kredit (i.e."Credit")
      Premiere: Schauspiel Frankfurt, 2008
    • Vom Ende der Glut (i.e."The Last of the Embers")
      Premiere: Theater der Stadt Aalen, 2008
    • Schmelzpunkt (i.e."Melting Point")
      Premiere: Schauspiel Essen, 2008
    • Ein Abo namens Montag blau (The Blue Monday Subscription)
      Premiere: 2007, Schauspielhaus Bochum
    • Die Nacht dazwischen (i.e., "The Night In Between")
      2006, Theater Aalen
    • Liebesruh (i.e., "Love's Repose")
      2005, Thalia Theater Hamburg
    • goldfischen (i.e., "goldfishing")
      2004, Schauspiel Frankfurt