Artists biographies
Hermann Beil

Hermann Beil was born in Vienna. He has been involved in the theatre since 1963, first as dramaturge in Frankfurt/Main, Basel and Stuttgart; between 1979 and 1986 he worked in Bochum and between 1986 and 1999 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Since 1999 he has worked as the dramaturge for the Berliner Ensemble. He was at the Salzburg Festival when Peter Stein directed. In addition he worked at the Zimmertheater Tübingen between 2002 and 2007.

Hermann Beil is a member of the Vienna-based Merlin Ensemble. In 1995 he was awarded the Berlin Theaterpreis together with Claus Peymann. In 1996 he was the first dramaturge to receive the Deutscher Kritikerpreis. Between 2009 and 2016 he was the president of the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste, whose honorary president he was made on retirement from the post. Since 2014 he has been an honorary adviser to the Burgtheater.

As a reciter and director Hermann Beil gives guest performances in Austria and other countries, including the Festspiele Reichenau, with the Berliner Ensemble, at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Landestheater Tübingen and at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau. His book ‘Theaternarren leben länger’ (‘theatre lovers live longer’) was published in its third edition by Paul Zsolnay Verlag in Vienna. It talks about the theatre, theatre lovers and theatre cakes. Thomas Bernhard and Péter Esterházy have both dedicated flash dramas to Hermann Beil.

Foto: Marcus Lieberenz Foto: Marcus Lieberenz

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017