Ansgar Haag

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Ansgar Haag (* 1955 in Stuttgart ) is a German theater director, director and dramaturge.

Life and artistic work

Ansgar Haag grew up in Stuttgart, where his parents worked as teachers. After graduating from high school, he studied theater studies , American studies and psychology in Munich . In 1978 he also completed a guest study at the Dramatic Art Institute in Berkeley .

From 1975 to 1977 he worked as an assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele . Haag then worked as a dramaturge at the theaters in Bonn and Darmstadt , where he also began to direct. From 1985 to 1988 he held a lectureship at the Technical University , Faculty of Literature. In 1983 he became director of the theater in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach . In 1984 he returned to the Staatstheater Darmstadt as a director , where he made over 20 productions by 1988. From 1989 to 1994 he was employed as a senior director at the Salzburg State Theater . Haag then took over the management of the Ulm Theater , which he directed until 2006.

At the same time as the Ulm Theater, he took over the management of the Meiningen State Theater in August 2005 . From 2008 to 2018, Haag was also the artistic director at the State Theater in Eisenach . In 2016, his contract as artistic director of the Meiningen State Theater was extended by the Meiningen-Eisenach Cultural Foundation and the State of Thuringia until 2022. He will then retire, his successor being Jens Neundorff von Enzberg's decision by the cultural foundation .

Ansgar Haag has created 140 productions so far. The vast majority of them at the houses where he was permanently employed. However, he received various invitations to guest directors a. a. to the Schauspielhaus Zürich , the Theater Klagenfurt, the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern , Opera Ireland in Dublin, the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe , the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden , Staatsoper Leningrad (1989), the Städtische Bühnen Münster , the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck , Oper Wuppertal, Theater Regensburg , das Theater Lübeck , the City Theater Bern and the Kazakh State Opera Almaty. In 2007 he staged the Korean premiere of Richard Strauss' " Ariadne auf Naxos " at the Seoul Opera . At the State Theater in Brno, Czech Republic, his production of Janáček's " Osud " opened the " Janáček Festival 2012". As part of the Richard Wagner anniversary, Haag staged his early work “ Das Liebesverbot ”, which had not been performed for 30 years, for the first time in Germany .

In 2019, Haag staged the world premiere of the new version of the opera “ Das Schloss Dürande ” by Othmar Schoeck at the Meiningen State Theater , the premiere was on March 8th, and Lessing's “ Minna von Barnhelm ”, the premiere was on June 21st, 2019.


  • 1992 Salzburg: Goldener Hanswurst (For the production "Amadeus")
  • 1998 Munich: Bavarian State Prize (for the production "Jenufa")
  • 2007 Berlin: Land-der-Ideen-Preis (for the production "Faust I + II")
  • 2010 Meiningen: “Production of the Year” by the “Meininger Theaterfreunde” association for the production of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser
  • 2013 Meiningen: "Production of the year" by the association "Meininger Theaterfreunde" for the production of Schubanow / Hamidi "Abai"
  • 2016 Meiningen: "Production of the year" by the association "Meininger Theaterfreunde" for the production of Donizezzi "Lucia di Lammermoor"
  • 2018 Meiningen: "Production of the year" by the association "Meininger Theaterfreunde" for the production of Puccini "TOSCA"

Productions (selection)


Web links

supporting documents

  1. Ansgar Haag. Retrieved February 8, 2019 .
  5. Awards. Accessed February 8, 2019 (German).