Bettina Fless

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Bettina Fless, 2006

Bettina Fless (* 1961 in Unna ; † April 13, 2007 in Fulda ) was a German actress , playwright , lecturer and theater director .


After training as a sculptor , she studied philosophy and literature from 1980 to 1982 at the seminar for language and acting in Salem . From 1982 to 1986 she studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin at the Max Reinhardt Seminar , which she completed with a diploma in the performing arts .

Bettina Fless began her professional career from 1986 to 1988 at the Stadttheater Gießen . She then moved to the Nationaltheater Mannheim as an actress in 1988 . From 1992 to 1995 she was an actress, author and director at the Schauspielhaus Bochum .

Bettina Fless lived with her husband Wolfgang Ressmann in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse and in Berlin .

Grave of Bettina Fless in the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof, Berlin

Bettina Fless died after a short, serious illness while directing her own dramatization of the novel Do you love Brahms? by Françoise Sagan . She found her final resting place in the Dorotheenstadt cemetery in Berlin.

Prizes and awards

  • 1991 Dr. Otto Kasten Prize for her play in Memmingen
  • 1991 Dramatikerwerkstipendium of the literary fund Darmstadt for asylum at the Bavarian State Theater in Munich and at the Schauspielhaus Bochum
  • 1992 Promotion Prize of the City of Nuremberg for Women in the Theater


  • Memmingen , a play (1989)
  • Asylum in the first world , a tragic comedy (1993)
  • Die Schlucht , a homage to Heiner Müller based on The War Has No Female Face by Swetlana Alexejewitsch (1996)
  • Ovid , libretto (1998)
  • Melissa , drama (2001)
  • Talk bei Kirsche , media-bulimic farce (2002)
  • Two hours, a political silence (2005)
  • Wein & Eisen , a Politolett, together with Herbert Koppenstein (2006)
  • Do you love Brahms? , Adaptation for the theater based on the novel by Françoise Sagan (2007)



The track "Fless Me" can be found on the EP by Error 129 on the US label Telepathic Records , which contains a short original sample of the voice of Bettina Fless.


  • Kallin, Britta: The Presentation of Racism in Contemporary German and Austrian Theater: Six Women Playwrights . 2007, ISBN 978-0-7734-5499-6 .
  • Helga Kraft, Staging Xenophobia in the 1990s. The Political Plays of Bettina Fless, Anne Langhoff and Emine Sevgi Özdamar , in: Writing Against Boundaries, ed. Die H. Kosta, 2003.
  • Frank Hörnigk (Ed.): Piece work, German-language drama of the 90s, workbook 12, ISBN 3-934344-12-7
  • Helga Kraft, A House of Language, Dramatists and the Other Theater , Stuttgart, Weimar, 1993, ISBN 3-476-01279-4
  • Helga Kraft, Mimensis undermined - Drama and theater by women , in: Hiltrud Gnüg / Renate Möhrmann (ed.), Women, Literature, History , ISBN 3-518-39947-0
  • Dieter Ingenschay / G. Knierim, "A piece of time under the sign of female drama - Bettina Fless' Memmingen staged by the author at the Westphalian State Theater", in Günter Ahrends , Heinz Geiger, Dieter Ingenschay, Uwe K. Ketelsen, Heinrich F. Plett, (eds.): Theater im Revier: Critical Documentation Spielzeit 1991/92, ISBN 3-88476-051-3 , (1992), pp. 295-306

Web links

Commons : Bettina Fless  - Collection of Images

Single receipts

  1. - April 22, 2007