|The Austrian director Stephan Bruckmeier succeeded right
with his first production, the celebrated revival of the
classic play “Magic Afternoon” by Wolfgang
Bauer in the Viennese theatre “Gruppe 80”,
starring Julia Stemberger and Fritz Hammel. For this production,
Bruckmeier was awarded the Supporting Prize “Kainzmedaille”.
|Verleihung Förderpreis zur
Kainzmedaille. Tambori, Bruckmeier, Karajan, Schir,
K.E. Hermann, Tabori, Domrose, Degn (v.l.n.r.)
Some productions in the “Wiener Freie Szene”
followed. Then, in 1992, Emmy Werner invited Bruckmeier
to come to Vienna’s famous Popular Theatre (“Volkstheater”).
At “Volkstheater”, he succeeded with his three
plays “Weh dem der lügt”, “Einen
Jux will er sich machen” and “Opus 111”
– all these plays were supraregionally renowned.
His production “Einen Jux will er sich machen”,
starring Ludwig Hirsch and Viktoria Schubert, was the
most successful play in Austria in the theatre season
He was repeatedly successful with his play “Der
Bauer als Millionär” (starring Fritz Muliar
as “the Old Age”), far more than 40.000 visitors
made this production a triumphant success in the season
2003/04. At the Chamber Opera in Vienna, Bruckmeier debuted
as opera director with the premiere of the opera “Aus
allen Blüten Bitternis” by Christoph Cech and
Alfredo Bauer. Some other productions in the music theatre
followed, among them for the Carinthian Summer, “Klangbogen”
in Vienna, New Opera Vienna and the Neukölln Opera
In 1997, several premieres were performed at the theatre
“Rampe” in Stuttgart, where he also took over
the directorship in cooperation with Eva Hosemann. Under
the leadership of the two directors, the “Rampe”
theatre changed into Germany’s first author theatre
and is today a supraregionally renowned centre for contemporary
Numerous guest performances and co-productions led Bruckmeier
to several theatres and festivals in Austria, Germany,
Hungary, Poland, Mozambique, South Africa, the United
States and Switzerland.
In summer 2008, he will leave the theatre at his own request
– after five years of artistic directorship and
production management. Bruckmeier is ready for new challenges.
The following press review will give you a short summary
about the artistic works of director Bruckmeier.