Ewald Palmetshofer

© Ruth Deibl
© Ruth Deibl
© Ruth Deibl
Ewald Palmetshofer was born in 1978 at Mühlviertel, Upper Austria. He initially studied drama and German language and literature, but transferred to theology and teacher training in the subjects philosophy, psychology and education, which he is still studying today. Alongside his studies and writing, he works in the social sector.
He participated in the wiener wortstaetten author-theatre project during the 2006/07 season.
Since the 2007/08 season, he has been author in residence at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna.

In 2008, Ewald Palmetshofer was chosen as best young dramatist in the Theater heute Yyearbook critics’ survey. 2008 saw him nominated for the Mülheim Dramatists’ Award with hamlet is dead. no gravity, for which he was put forward again in 2010 with his play faust is hungry and chokes on gretchen. In the 2011/2012 season, Ewald Palmetshofer is a guest dramaturg at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Prizes and Awards
  • 2005: Stipend for the 17th Luaga & Losna International Theatre Festival at Nenzing, Vorarlberg
  • 2005: Retzhof Literature Prize for Young Drama for “gelding”
  • 2006: Invitation to the Werkstatttage at the Vienna Burgtheater with “living. under glass”
  • 2007: Invitation to the hotINK International Play Reading Festival, New York with the English translation of “Superheroes”
  • 2008: Invitation to the Mülheim Theatertage with “hamlet is dead. no gravity”
  • 2008: Royal Court Theatre International Residency, London
  • 2008: Best young dramatist of 2008 in the “Theater heute” yearbook critics’ survey
  • 2008: Dramatists’ Award of the Cultural Committee of German Business
  • 2011: Promotion Award of the City of Vienna for Literature

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Ewald Palmetshofer in the Theatre Library


    tier. man wird doch bitte unterschicht
    (‘animal. let us say underclass’)

    A place on the periphery, somewhere. Erika goes to lend a hand caring for the old headmaster now and then. His son lives in the city and cannot look after the father. It is Erika who does this. At the weekend, she finds casual work as a waitress. More ...

    Faust hat hunger und verschluckt sich an einer grete (Faust is Hungry)

    If the past century was characterised by the frenzied pursuit of the total, we are still searching frenziedly, even though we have left politics behind and retreated into the comfort of private life. We rush on from one product to the next, until there is only one thing left to consume: our fellow human beings. More ...

    hamlet ist tot. keine schwerkraft (“hamlet is dead. no gravity”)

    Dani and Mani come home. It is their grandma’s birthday, apart from which a friend from earlier, Hannes, has just died. So they find themselves celebrating a birthday and then going to a funeral as well. By chance, Dani and Mani bump into Bine and Oli at the cemetery. They have not been together for a long time, since the days when Oli was good friends with Mani, and Dani was good friends with Bine, and they were all good friends with one another. More ...

    List of works – Selection


    © Ruth Deibl
    • räuber. schuldengenital (i.e. "robbers. genital of debits")
      2012, Burgtheater (Akademietheater), Vienna
    • "tier. man wird doch bitte unterschicht" ('animal. let us say underclass')
      2010, Staatsschauspiel Dresden
    • Helden (Superheroes)
      2009: Theater an der Ruhr, Mülheim
    • Körpergewicht. 17% (Body Weight: 17%)
      2009: Nationaltheater Mannheim
    • Herzwurst. Immer alles eine Tochter (Heartfelt: A Daughter of Time)
      2009: Schauspielhaus Vienna
    • "faust hat hunger und verschluckt sich an einer grete" ("faust is hungry and chokes on gretchen")
      Schauspielhaus Vienna, 2009
    • "Das Ende kommt schon noch. Deutschlandsaga - die 90er Jahre" ("It will soon be over: Deutschland Saga – the 1990s")
      Short play commissioned for the Schaubühne Berlin 2008, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin
    • "wohnen. unter glas" ("living. under glass")
      Schauspielhaus Vienna, 2008
    • "hamlet ist tot. keine schwerkraft" ("hamlet is dead. no gravity")
      Schauspielhaus Vienna, 2007
    • "sauschneidn. ein mütterspiel" ("gelding. a drama of motherhood")
      Schauspielhaus Vienna, 2007
    • "helden" ("Superheroes")
      Schauspielhaus Vienna, 2007