Roland Schimmelpfennig

Roland Schimmelpfennig - © Arno Declair
© Arno Declair
Roland Schimmelpfennig was born at Göttingen in 1967. He first worked as a freelance journalist and author in Istanbul before starting to study as a theatre director in Munich's Otto Falkenberg School in 1990. After completing this course he became an assistant director and later a member of the artistic team at Munich's Kammerspiele. Roland Schimmelpfennig was then engaged as dramaturg and author at the Berlin Schaubühne for the 1999/2000 season. At present he is house author at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg.

Prizes and Awards:

  • Else-Lasker-Schüler-Preis for "Fisch um Fisch" (1997)
  • Fördergabe des Schiller-Gedächtnispreises von Baden-Württemberg (1998)
  • Einladung zu den Mülheimer Theatertagen 2000, 2001 und 2002
  • Nestroy Prize 2002 as best young author
  • Invitation to the Mülheim Theatre Days 2003 for his play Vorher/Nachher ("Before/After")
  • Invitation to Stücke 2004 at the Mülheim Theatertage
  • Invitation to the Mülheim Theatre Days 2005 for his playDie Frau von frühe" (i.e."The Woman from the Past")
  • Invitation to the Mülheim Theatre Days 2009 for his play Hier und Jetzt (i.e. "Here and Now")
  • Nestroy Prize for the best play (Besuch bei dem Vater, i.e. "Visit at the Father") 2009
  • Else-Lasker-Schüler-Prize 2010
  • Invitation to and prize at the 2010 Mülheim Theatertage with The Golden Dragon
  • The Golden Dragon was chosen as play of the year in the 2010 Theater Heute yearbook critics survey