Darja Stocker

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Darja Stocker was born in Zurich in 1983 and attended school from 1990 to 2002. She wrote her first literary prose and dramatic texts in 1998, then gained practical experience of the theatre from 2000 on, working on several productions at the Theater an der Sihl in Zurich. She participated in writing workshops and had her first dramatic texts performed as staged readings. In 2002, she took part in the Interplay young dramatists' festival at Pecs, Hungary. That same year, her work in progress for the stage, Koma (Coma), was performed at the Theater an der Sihl. In 2003, she worked as an assistant director, participated in the DramatikerInnentreffen festival of young dramatists at the Federal Academy of Cultural Education at Wolfenbüttel and attended the Dramenprozessor workshop programme for young authors at the Theater an der Winkelwiese in Zurich.
Darja Stocker studied creative writing for the stage at Berlin University of the Arts and took part in the London Royal Court Theatre’s 2011 International Residency.
She collaborated with the author Claudia Grehn in 2010/11 to research and write Isn’t It Enough to Say I Want to Live, a commission for the Nationaltheater Weimar and the Centraltheater Leipzig.
(henschel SCHAUSPIEL)

Awards, honours:
  • 2005: First prize at the Heidelberg Stückemarkt for Nachtblind (Nightblind)
  • 2007: Invitation to the Mülheim Theatertage with the production of Nachtblind from the Thalia Theater, Gaußstraße, Hamburg
  • 2012: Invitation to the Mülheim Theatertage

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Darja Stocker in the Theatre Library


    Reicht es nicht zu sagen ich will leben
    (Isn’t It Enough to Say I Want to Live)

    Together with the author Claudia Grehn (Verlag der Autoren), Darja Stocker has taken interviews the two conducted with people of various backgrounds and generations and assembled them into a collage of scenes that explore the different phases of rebellion, which starts with simple outrage and goes all the way to active resistance. More ...

    Nachtblind (Nightblind)

    Leyla is a young woman seeking to carve out a niche for herself beyond the confines of normality. At home, her family is breaking up: her brother is arming himself mentally for battle, her father is distancing himself from the others and her mother has been turning a blind eye to things for a long time.More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • Reicht es nicht zu sagen ich will leben (Isn't It Enough to Say I Want to Live)
      Premiere: 2011, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Schauspiel Leipzig
    • Zornig geboren (Born Angry) Premiere: 2009, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin
    • Nachtblind (Nightblind)
      Premiere: 2006, Schauspiel Hannover, Ballhof Zwei