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Susanne Kennedy

Susanne Kennedy (born in Friedrichshafen in 1977) is living and working in Berlin. For more than ten years she lived in Amsterdam. There she studied directing at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In recent years she has directed plays by writers including Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler), Enda Walsh (The New Electric Ballroom), Sarah Kane (Phaedra´s Love) and Elfriede Jelinek (Über Tiere) at the National Theatre in The Hague.

Her productions, which have an installation character to them, were invited to the Dutch Theatertreffen many times. She was invited to NT Gent in 2011 as a guest to direct Fassbinder’s ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.’ At the Münchner Kammerspiele she directed ‘They shoot horses, don´t they?’ in 2011 and Marieluise Fleisser’s first play ‘Purgatory in Ingolstadt’ in 2013, for which Theater heute magazine voted her Most Promising Director of the Year. For this production, which was invited to the 2014 Berlin Theatertreffen, she received the 3sat Theatre Prize for artistic innovation. Suzanne Kennedy explores the boundaries between theatre and other art forms, with the concepts revolving around space and installation being a characteristic feature of her perfromances. In 2014 she premiered her production of ‘Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?’ after the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler at the Münchner Kammerspiele. This performance has been selected for the Berlin Theatertreffen 2015. From 2017 Kennedy will become member of the team of artistic directors at Berliner Volksbühne.

For the Ruhrtriennale 2015 she installed the “opera course” ORFEO. Together with Markus Selg she will present MEDEA.MATRIX at the Ruhrtriennale 2016.