Jürgen Dieter Waidelich

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Jürgen Dieter Waidelich, Essen 1975

Jürgen Dieter Waidelich (born May 23, 1931 in Berlin ; † September 14, 1994 in Essen ) was a German theater scholar , director and cultural politician.


Waidelich grew up in Berlin, Freudenstadt and Stuttgart , graduated from high school in 1951 and was in close contact with Alfred Biolek , Rolf Hüttel, Bernt Rhotert and Manfred Schneckenburger on the working committee for Stuttgart students . From 1951 to 1956 he studied theater studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . There he was Artur Kutscher's assistant and received his doctorate in 1957 with a thesis on the history of the Württemberg court and state theater in Stuttgart 1908–1933. From 1957 to 1959 he was hired as a dramaturge at the Stuttgart State Theater , where he worked a. a. also assistant director to Wieland Wagner .

From 1959 he worked as chief dramaturge at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven , where he also staged plays by Carl Sternheim and Bertolt Brecht (such as The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Ruth Krüger-Kenter as Grusche). He also organized guest performances at the Rostock Volkstheater and the German premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Attila under the musical direction of General Music Director Hans Kindler , with Anita Salta as Odabella. From 1967 to 1974 Waidelich was artistic director at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven. There he committed u. a. Ilse Werner as partner of Ferdinand Dux for The King and I and the soloists of the Komische Oper Berlin for Porgy and Bess .

From 1974 to 1978 he was general manager of the Essen municipal theaters . It was there that in 1975 the world premiere of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Republic of Labor was released. In the acting he worked a. a. with Ilka Boll , Herbert Hauck and the directors Liviu Ciulei , Kazimierz Dejmek , David Esrig , Gregor Bals , Henri Hohenemser , Helmut Qualtinger , Lothar Trautmann and Nikolaus Wolcz , in the music theater with the general music directors Gustav König and Heinz Wallberg and the directors Hans-Peter Lehmann , Nikolaus Sulzberger , Irene Mann , Gene Reed and Boris Pilato . Among the artists who worked in Essen during this time were Gabriela Badura , Jutta Eckhardt, Steffi Helmar, Hildegard Jacob, Brigitte Lebaan , Sabine Postel , Margarita Turner, among others Karl-Walter Böhm , Dietmar Cordan , Michael Enk, Rainer Goernemann , Friedrich Grondahl, Karl-Heinz Lippe, Joachim Hermann Luger , Johann Adam Oest , Wicus Slabbert and Tilo Weber.

From 1979 Waidelich was Federal Managing Director of the Volksbühnenverband for ten years . In this function he worked in Berlin from 1979-83, in Düsseldorf in 1984 and then in Essen. Waidelich was one of the founders of the Fonds Darstellende Künste eV based in Essen and was its chairman from 1985 to 1994. With great cultural and political commitment, he began promoting independent theater and dance productions through the Fund from 1988. For a time he was also President of the International Association of Theater Public Organization (IATO).

In 1990 Waidelich was offered a professorship for theater studies at the Institute for Theater, Film and Television Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum , founded by Günter Ahrends , and from 1992 to 1994 he was also its managing director.

He was married and had four children.


  • (with Ludwig Kusche ): Music and theater in Bavaria. (= Bavaria, country and people in words and pictures ) Munich 1955.
  • Essen plays theater. 1000 and one hundred years. For the 100th birthday of the Grillo Theater.


  • Herbert Hauck : Theater in Essen 1974–1978. A documentation . Photo review of the 1974–1978 seasons. Wuppertal 1978.

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