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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.
- 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