Hartmut Wickert

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Hartmut Wickert (born May 24, 1953 in Bad Wildungen ) is a German theater director , professor and director of the Performing Arts and Film Department at the Zurich University of the Arts .


Hartmut Wickert studied German, sociology and journalism at the Ruhr University in Bochum and at the Georg August University in Göttingen. After the state examination, which he finished with a thesis on Heiner Müller and Walter Benjamin, he sat in with Giorgio Strehler and his production of "The Good Man of Sezuan" at the Hamburg theater. He worked as assistant director at the Staatstheater Stuttgart with Claus Peymann, Alfred Kirchner, Christof Nel and Valentin Jeker, at the Schauspielhaus Bochum with Adolf Dresen and at the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt am Main with Johannes Schaaf and Götz Loepelmann.


From 1982/83 he was dramaturge and director at the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and staged in 1982 and 1983 at the Zimmertheater in Tübingen. He took over the management of the theater and was director there from 1984 to 1988. In Tübingen he founded the Tübingen Summer Theater with the Lindenhof Theater from Melchingen, with a performance of "Hölderlin Tübingen Tower" (1987) that played throughout the city. He then worked as a freelance director at the Basel Theater and in 1989 became senior director at the Konstanz Theater. In Hanover he was the head director at the Lower Saxony State Theater from 1993 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2006 he worked as a freelance director with productions at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspiel Graz, Staatstheater Mainz, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Dt. Weimar National Theater, Jena Theater. Since 2006 he has been Director of the Performing Arts and Film Department, Zurich University of the Arts.

Works (selection)

  • Alfred Nordmann / Hartmut Wickert: The Impossible Representation of Wonder: Space Summons Memory . In: Theater Research International, vol. 22, no. 1, 1997, pp. 38-48
  • Alfred Nordmann / Hartmut Wickert: Shamanism Vilified and Redeemed: Sam Shepard's States of Shock . In: Contemporary Theater Review, vol. 8: 4, 1998, pp. 38-54
  • Alfred Nordmann / Hartmut Wickert: Operation Epsilon or How the Germans Still Invented Their Atomic Bomb , documentary play / literary collage based on the Farm Hall transcripts, in repertory at Schauspiel Hannover, November 15th, 1995, through June 1996, Rowohlt Theaterverlag, 1995
  • Power of the spectators - powerlessness of the player, in: Dietrich zur Nedden (Ed.), Spiel ohne Ball. Materials for a post-heroic football theory for art lovers, Internationale Harder Verlag, 2001
  • Michael Börgerding / Hartmut Wickert: Prologue and preparation, lecture on the occasion of the production of Peter Handke's preparation for immortality at the Hanover State Theater. [Publisher cannot be determined], 1997

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