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Maja Schöne

Maja Schöne was born in Stuttgart in 1976. During her time at the Westphalian School of Drama in Bochum she performed under the direction of Leander Haußmann, who brought her into the ensemble at the Schauspielhaus in Bochum in 1999. In 2001 she joined Tom Stromberg at the Hamburg Schauspielhaus and stayed there till 2007. Here she met directors including Sebastian Hartmann, whose Amalia she played in Schiller’s ‘Räubern’, Jürgen Gosch and most importantly Jan Bosse. Under Bosse’s direction she played Irina in ‘Three Sisters’ and her performance as the girl in ‘Roberto Zucco’ earned her the 2002 Newcomer of the Year award, as voted for by the Friends of the Schauspielhaus - and that’s even before her portrayal of Gretchen in Goethe’s ‘Faust’ in 2004. Guest roles led her to Hanover and Zurich and, in 2007, to the Schauspiel Cologne, where her first role as Brunhild in Friedrich Hebbel’s ‘Die Nibelungen’ saw her awarded the ‘Best Actress’ prize at the NRW Theatre Festival. In 2009 she played the female title role in Jan Bosse’s production of Büchner’s ‘Leonce and Lena’, both at the Schauspiel Cologne and at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin. She also regularly appears in films and on television, including in ‘Cowgirls’ by Marc Schlichter, ‘Die Buddenbrooks’ by Heinrich Breloer and ‘Zarte Parasiten’ (Directors: Christian Becker & Oliver Schwabe). At the 2013 Berlinale she was awarded the Deutsche Schauspielerpreis in the ‘Lead Role’ category for her performance in the film ‘Der Brand’.

Maja Schöne joined the Thalia ensemble as a regular member during the 2009/2010 season.