Joachim Lux

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Joachim Lux (born November 12, 1957 in Münster , Westphalia) is a German dramaturge , director and current director of the Thalia Theater in Hamburg.


Joachim Lux studied German literature and history in Münster and Tübingen from 1976 to 1982. He then worked at the Schauspiel Köln , Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Bremen Theater as a dramaturge, chief dramaturge and director. He also worked as a dramaturge for the Salzburg Festival.

From 1999 to 2009 Joachim Lux was a member of the artistic management of the Vienna Burgtheater , first as dramaturge, from 2006 as chief dramaturge. During this time he worked with important directors of contemporary directorial theater , such as Karin Beier , Jan Bosse , Andrea Breth , Dimiter Gotscheff , Christoph Schlingensief and Nicolas Stemann . Several of the performances he supervised were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen . From 2004 to 2008 he also headed the Dramatists Salon at the Berlin Theatertreffen. A major focus of his work was the support of contemporary authors such as Elfriede Jelinek , Gert Jonke , Tankred Dorst , Händl Klaus and Vladimir Sorokin .

Joachim Lux took on various teaching positions, e.g. B. at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and at the Executive Master in Arts Administration (EMAA) in Zurich.

Joachim Lux has been director of the Thalia Theater in Hamburg since 2009 and successor to Jürgen Flimm and Ulrich Khuon . Under his direction, the Thalia Theater is a classical ensemble and repertoire theater with a high level of stability. The Belgian Luk Perceval was the lead director from 2009 to 2018 . At the same time, important directors of contemporary directorial theater such as Nicolas Stemann , Jan Bosse , Dimiter Gotscheff , Leander Haußmann , Johan Simons and Sebastian Nübling work here . In addition, the Thalia Theater has built an unusually large number of younger generation directors in recent years: Jette Steckel , Antú Romero Nunes , Ersan Mondtag , Bastian Kraft . An important focus of Thalia is international work. The theater is represented worldwide with guest performances, u. a. in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Bogotá or Santiago de Chile, but also at the important European festivals in Avignon, Edinburgh, Salzburg and Amsterdam, and with “FRONT” it brought out a European and multilingual performance that was performed in has toured all of Europe. But in Hamburg too, the program is geared towards an increasingly international society. In addition to the commitment to refugees, the “Lessingtage - Um alles in der Welt” festival has been taking place every year since 2009 for the theater's intercultural approach. In 2017, on the initiative of Joachim Lux, the “Theater der Welt” festival took place in Hamburg and brought artists from all over the world to the city in 18 days. A few weeks after the “Theater der Welt” festival, the G20 summit, accompanied by serious riots, took place in Hamburg. Joachim Lux took a firm stance on this even before the summit.

For his contract extension until 2024, Joachim Lux has announced that he will once again intensify the international and European approach.

Joachim Lux is active in various selection committees. He was on the jury for the Dramatist Prize of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft in the BDI and has been a member of the jury for the European Theater Prize awarded by the European Commission of the EU since 2017. He has been a member of the German Academy of Performing Arts (Bensheim) since 2012 and of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg since 2015 . Since 2014, he has succeeded Ivan Nagel and Manfred Beilharz as President of the German Center of the International Theater Institute (ITI). He has been a member of the Executive Council of the ITI World Association, an institution affiliated with UNESCO, since 2015.

Lux has two children and his wife Susanne Meister works as a dramaturge.


In 2011, Lux received the Max Brauer Prize for his services to the cultural life of Hamburg, especially the organization of the Lessingtage .

Publications (selection)


Literary articles and essays

  • Joachim Lux: The theater of the future . In: Alexander Birken (ed.): Future values. Responsibility for the world of tomorrow. Festschrift for Michael Otto. Steidl, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-95829-436-3 , p. 384 .
  • Joachim Lux: Absolute trust . In: Theater Today . No. 11 . The Theaterverlag - Friedrich Berlin GmbH, Berlin November 2016, p. 1 .
  • Joachim Lux: Between the Elite, Art and Quota . In: Theater Today . No. 3 . Theaterverlag - Friedrich Berlin GmbH, Berlin March 2010, p. 40 .
  • Joachim Lux: Freiraum Theater! Special issue, yearbook 2013. The Theaterverlag - Friedrich Berlin GmbH, Berlin 2013, p. 4 .

Lux also published various texts in other specialist journals.

Web links


  1. ^ Salzburg Festival Archive. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  2. Joachim Lux is to become the artistic director at the Thalia Theater. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine. May 12, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  3. ^ Dramatikersalon I. Accessed March 29, 2018 .
  4. FRONT on an international tour. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  5. 2 years Embassy of Hope. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  6. The Wards. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  7. Lessingtage 2018. Retrieved on March 29, 2018 .
  8. Katja Weise: Lessingtage. A festival with a political focus. In: February 2, 2018, accessed April 4, 2018 .
  9. Annette Stiekele: 15,500 visitors to the Lessingtage. In: Hamburger February 5, 2018, accessed April 4, 2018 .
  10. Maike Schiller: This festival broadens the view. In: Hamburger June 12, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018 .
  11. ^ Thalia director Lux criticizes the G20 concert as "obscene". In: Hamburger July 7, 2017, accessed April 4, 2018 .
  12. Maike Schiller: Theater director: "Too much harmony is unhealthy". In: Hamburger December 6, 2017, accessed April 4, 2018 .
  13. You can still celebrate here. December 20, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  14. Members and Board of Directors. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  15. ^ Executive Council and Executive Board of ITI. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  16. Susanne Meister. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  17. ^ Max Brauer Prize 2011. Accessed March 29, 2018 .