Head of Planning & Scheduling
Born in 1964 in Bad Orb as the second son of a family of hoteliers, Frank Bettinger initially completed commercial training before finding his niche in the theatre, an area in which has since been active in various organisational and artistic guises for almost 30 years. He made his start at the Theater im Stuttgarter Westen (where he also partook in accompanying acting lessons), after which his first permanent engagement took him to the Freilichtspiele Schwäbisch Hall for 5 years, where he was active throughout the year as director of the Artistic Operations Office, assistant and right hand to the artistic director Achim Plato, as well as performing as actor and singer in various summer productions. This was followed by a 10 year creative period as tour and production manager, actor, singer and assistant director for many touring and festival productions. In 2005 he took over the artistic and organisational management of music entertainment on the AIDAaura cruise ship, where he also appeared as host and singer for half a year. He has worked alongside Günter Lamprecht, Charles Regnier, Uwe Friedrichsen, Georg Preuße, Alfons Haider, Doris Kunstmann, Ulrich Wildgruber, Ernst Stankovski, Wilfried Baasner, Hartmut Reck and many others, in a variety of guises and functions. From 1996 to 2000 he was part of the festival management team at the Kreuzgangspiele Feuchtwangen (under the artistic direction of Lis Verhoeven), during which period he gained stage experience in musicals and operettas, with roles in productions such as “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Orpheus in the Underworld”, as well as various galas and musical evenings, which he also hosted. Thereafter, his career took him to the Hans Otto Theater in Postdam, where he worked as Chefdiponent for 6 years alongside Uwe Eric Laufenberg, who was Artistic Director of the house at the time. In 2009 he followed Laufenberg to Cologne Opera, becoming his personal assistant and later head of the Artistic Operations Office. The next stop was Thüringen, where he was involved in the parallel organisational management of both the Meiningen State Theatre and Landestheater Eisenach for 3 years. Frank Bettinger took up the position of Chefdisponent (Head of Planning & Scheduling) at the State Theatre of Wiesbaden in August 2014.