Kevin Rittberger

© Alexi Pelekanos, Schauspielhaus Wien
Kevin Rittberger was born in Stuttgart in 1977. He studied German language and literature, journalism and communication studies at the Free University of Berlin. He began directing adaptations at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in 2004, as well as staging his own works at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. He received a stipend from the German Literary Fund in 2009, and was awarded the Kurt Hübner Prize in 2010. His Cassandra or the World as the End of the Performance was premiered at the Schauspielhaus Vienna by Felicitas Brucker and invited to the Mülheim Theatertage in 2011. It was followed by Puppets (Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus), the first German production of which was directed by Rittberger himself, and Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000!, which he premiered at the Schauspiel Frankfurt.

Prizes and Awards:

  • 2010: Kurt Hübner Prize for Young Directors
  • 2011: Nominated for the Mülheim Dramatists' Award
  • 2012: Jürgen Bansemer & Ute Nyssen Dramatists' Prize

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Kevin Rittberger in the Theatre Library


    Lasst euch nicht umschlingen ihr 150 000 000!
    (Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000!)

    Part I: The here and now. A model, a photographer and his female assistant want to recreate Robert Capa’s famous photograph ‘The Falling Soldier’ (which is now known to have been posed). They go ‘on location’ and end up on a banana plantation. This slapstick-style scene scales the heights of inauthenticity; the great campaigns of our age are dedicated not to politics, but to marketing. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • Lasst euch nicht umschlingen ihr 150 000 000 !
      (Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000!)
      Premiere: 2012, Ruhr Festival Recklinghausen/Schauspiel Frankfurt
    • Puppen (Puppets)
      Premiere: 2011, Schauspielhaus Vienna
      German premiere: 2011, Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus
    • Kassandra oder die Welt als Ende der Vorstellung (Cassandra or the World as the End of the Performance)
      Premiere: 2010, Schauspielhaus Vienna
    • Fast Tracking oder der Tod der Kunqu-Oper
      (Fast Tracking or the Death of Kunqu Opera)
      Premiere: 2008, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg