Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Intendant, Stage Director & Actor
Born in Cologne in 1960, Uwe Eric Laufenberg was active as actor and director at Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspiel Köln (1990-1993), the Schauspielhaus Zurich, and subsequently as senior director at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin from 1996 to 2000. As from 1993, he guest directed at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Residenztheater in Munich and Vienna’s Burgtheater, amongst others. He has mounted opera productions at the Landestheater Linz (“Der Ring des Nibelungen”), the Vienna State Opera (“Elektra”), Dresden’s Semperoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona ("Der Rosenkavalier"), Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Hamburg State Opera. From 2004 to 2009 he was Artistic Director of the Hans Otto Theatre in Potsdam and from 2009 to 2012 at the Oper Köln.
With the start of the 2014/2015 season, Laufenberg took up the reigns as Artistic Director of the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden. He inaugurated his tenure with new productions of Richard Strauss’s “Die Frau ohne Schatten” and Bartók's “Bluebeard's Castle”, while in the drama division he directed Thomas Mann’s “Buddenbrooks”. He also adapted his production of Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” – which has been on stage in Potsdam, Cologne and Iraq (Sulaymaniyah) – for Wiesbaden. He has since directed the operas "Otello", “Così fan tutte”, Wagner's complete "Ring" cycle, "Tannhäuser", "Arabella", "Rigoletto", a Mozart double-bill consisting of "Idomeneo" and "La Clementa di Tito", as well as the dramas "Hedda Gabler", "Don Karlos", the German premiere of Tom Stoppar's "The Hard Problem" and Houellebecq's "Unterwerfung". As actor, Laufenberg has appeared in "Dr. med. Hiob Prätorius", "The Antigone des Sophokles" and "My Fair Lady". This season, he directs new productions of Bizet's "Carmen", Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", as well as Heinrich von Kleist's play "Der zebrochne Krug". During the 2020/21 season, Laufenberg directs new productions of Puccini's "Il trittico", Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", as well as Shakespeare's "King Lear".