Gerhild Steinbuch

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Gerhild Steinbuch was born in Mödling (Austria) in 1983, and studied writing for the stage at Graz. In 2003, she won the Berlin Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Drama Competition with her first play, Dead in the Head. In 2004, she took part in the Summer School run by the Royal Court Theatre in London, as well as the Werkstatttage at the Vienna Burgtheater. Her second play, After a Happy Day (2005), also won prizes, and she received the Author's Prize at the German-French Theatre Days in 2008 for Child Size People. During the 2008/2009 season, Gerhild Steinbuch was writer-in-residence at the Schauspielhaus Vienna. She has been studying dramaturgy at the Ernst Busch University for Dramatic Arts since the 2012 winter semester.

Awards and Prizes:

  • 2003: Retzhof Literature Prize
  • 2003: First Prize in the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Drama Competition, Berlin
  • 2004: Stipend awarded by the Department of Culture and Science of the Province of Lower Austria for After a Happy Day
  • 2004: Attended the Royal Court Theatre Summer School, London
  • 2004: Attended the Vienna Burgtheater Werkstatttage
  • 2004: City of Graz literary scholarship
  • 2005: Hermann Lenz Foundation Young Authors' Fellowship
  • 2005: Nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize
  • 2005: Reinhard Priessnitz Prize of the Austrian Federal Chancellery
  • 2005: City of Graz Literature Prize
  • 2006: Dramatist's fellowship awarded by the Art Section of the Austrian Federal Chancellery
  • 2006: manuskripte magazine Literature Prize
  • 2007/2008: Fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
  • 2008: Authors' Award at the Fourth German-French Authors' Days
  • 2009/2010: State fellowship awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture to work on her first novel, Mountains and Valleys with Men and Women

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Gerhild Steinbuch in the Theatre Library


    Das kalte Herz. Kein Märchen
    (The Cold Heart: Not a Fairy Tale)

    It is a long time since the inhabitants of Peter’s town lived in fear of Dutch Michel, the evil wizard who used to rip out people’s hearts. No one really believes any longer in the little glass man who will help someone born on a Sunday to good fortune. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • Das kalte Herz. Kein Märchen (The Cold Heart: Not a Fairy Tale)
      Premiere: 2011, Theater Chemnitz
    • Herr mit Sonnenbrille (Man with Sunglasses)
      Premiere: 2010, Schauspielhaus Vienna
    • Vier Wörter für ein besseres Leben (Four Words for a Better Life)
      Premiere: 2010, Schauspielhaus Vienna
    • Destillat (Destillate) (after Rosetta, a film by Jean-Pierre und Luc Dardenne)
      Premiere: 2008, Free Swimmer Festival at the Sophiensäle, Berlin, coproduction with the Forum Freies Theater in Düsseldorf, Kampnagel in Hamburg, the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich and brut in Vienna
    • Menschen in Kindergrößen (Child Size People)
      Premiere: 2008, Staatstheater Mainz
    • Verschwinden oder die Nacht wird abgeschafft (Disappearing or the Night is Abolished)
      Premiere: 2007, Schauspielhaus Graz, coproduction with the Styrian Autumn
    • Kopftot (Dead in the Head)
      Premiere: 2006, Staatstheater Mainz
    • Schlafengehn (Going to Sleep)
      Premiere: 2006, Schauspiel Essen
    • Nach dem glücklichen Tag (After a Happy Day)
      Premiere: 2004, Theater Graz