LEONIE PICHLER, 35
Playwright & Director
Nomad & Poet
Creative Consultant & Human Being
No permanent address since 2017
“You see, the schools I went to are as important
to me as every single conversation
with a stranger.”
E D U C A T I O N
2004-2006 Augsburg, GER Comparative Literature and Philosophy
2006-2007 Paris, FR Acting and French Literature
2008-2010 Pittsburgh, USA M.A. of Arts (Theater & German Department)
2010-2011 Augsburg, GER M.A. of Comparative Literature
L A N G U A G E S
“Every new language creates a new possibility of myself
and I had to learn many languages,
before I found my own.”
German Fluent The language I write poetry in
English Fluent The language I mostly life in
French Fluent Language of my heart
Danish Good A destiny assigned to me
Italien Basics A new possibility not fully unwrapped yet
L I F E I N M I L E S T O N E S
2011- 2017 Founder and Artistic Director of BLUESPOTS PRODUCTIONS, Germany
2017 - 2019 Theatre of 10.000 together with UNICEF, Germany
since 2016 House Director and Playwright of City Theatre Svendborg, Denmark
since 2018 Founder and Initiator of ROOM NUMBER 8, European Female Collective
A W A R D S & S C H O L A R S H I P S
2006-2007 Paris Erasmus-Stipend for the University of Paris, Sorbonne
2008- 2011 Germany Member of the Elite-Network of Germany
2008-2010 Pittsburgh Fully funded by the University of Pittsburgh
2009 Palermo Max-Weber-Stipend
2009 Florence Max-Weber-Stipend
2010 Chicago Invitation to represent Germany at Directors Lab Chicago
2011 Toronto Invitation to represent Germany at Directors Lab North
2012 Augsburg New Media Award
2013 New York Invitation to Lincoln Center Directors Lab
2014 Berlin National Award Kreativpiloten by German Government
2014 Augsburg New Media Award
2016 Copenhagen Nomination Reumert in Denmark
2017 Augsburg Media Price
2018 Switzerland Representing Bavaria as an artist at Bodensee Conference
2019 Beirut Invitation to represent Germany at Directors Lab Mediterranean
“Writing is my conciliation
S P E C I A L F I E L D S O F I N T E R E S T
Storytelling through new technologies
Inter-cultural and international theater projects
Spirituality and Staging
Immersive theater and participation
Gameification in theater
P O R T F O L I O
2010 KASSANDRA - HISTORY AND HER STORY - USA
A bilingual play on Christa Wolfs Kassandra. Staged at the university of Pittsburgh as final project for Masters Degree.
2010 AUXTSCH - Germany
Inter-medial project with a live band on stage and projections.
The play was written around the songs of a singer- songwriter band and the staging used comics, photos, videos and site-specific stages. It became a hit performance in Auxburg for three years.
2011 FREMDE TRÄUME - Germany
An inter-cultural project based on interviews with young immigrants, which was staged using text messages and live videos.
2011 UNDINE An underwater museum - Germany
The worlds first underwater-museum. In order to experience the world of UNDINE the audience had to dive themselves.
2012 BAAL BADET - Germany
Brechts “Baal” staged in a public bath in Augsburg. Including projections on to the water and live music.
2012 I AM inVISIBLE - Germany, USA and Canada
A campaign and play in order to make refugees visible through different approaches, which was developed with two international directors during the lab in Chicago 2011.
2012 Der Nuttenbus von der A8 - Germany
A play about prostitution in Germany, which was staged in a bus and toured the country. The play is based on interviews with prostitutes.
2013 CALL A CONFLICT - Germany
Call this number and order two actors who will turn your living room and bedroom into a stage. The topic: domestic abuse.
2013 HELDEN KÜSSEN BESSER - Germany
„Heros kiss better“ is a campaign for civil courage. An interactive youtube account allows the viewers to find out how one can help.
2014 BRECHT HIGH 3 - Germany, USA and Japan
Three countries (Germany, Japan and America), three directors and one play by Brecht. All stages were combined via live stream to allow the audience to experience three international approaches in one evening.
2014, FOLIE À DEUX - Germany and the Universe
A play which was staged in a planetarium. The actors are projected into the animations of the planetarium with a night view camera. The play combines revelations about the universe and revelations about one self. The struggle between art and sanity.
2014 DIE WINTERREISE - Germany
„The winter journey“ are 24 songs by Schubert. In a live advent calendar from dec. 1st till dec. 24st a piano and a singer toured through the city and performed on 24 different locations. Additionally to the live performances, the events were filmed to allow a worldwide audience to experience the advent calender, Schubert and Augsburg. www.diewinterreisedurchauxburg.de
2015 REISE INS EXIL - Germany
In „Journey to Exile“ the audience turns into refugees. All they know, is the meeting point at the main train station, but they don’t know where the journey will take them. They enter a train without knowing where they will get off. In the end, they experience a combination between Brechts journey to exile and their own.
2015 LIEBE MACHT TOD - Germany
Romeo and Juliette are trapped in a tower. Different actors, musicians, dancers and artists are rehearsing their big event. The audience gets to walk through the old water-towers in Augsburg, never knowing what will await them after each door. A very intimate way of approaching the play.
2015 SCHULD UND BÜHNE - Germany
Three years ago our ensemble started giving workshops in prison. An inmate and I started writing a play together, about a prisoner who claims that he has lost his personality due to prison. The play was staged at court in November 2015. (CRIME & STAGE)
2016 Das große DDR-Spitzel-Spiel- Germany
At the „BIG GDR SPY GAME“ the audience turns into spies. Their goal is to find out if Brecht would be an enemy or friend of today's regime in Germany. During this 10-day performance the audience got secret text message in order to observe Bertolt Brecht.
2016 #killyour dreams- Germany
Is a huge portrait of our generation. Trapped in possibilities, we are unable to make decisions. The performance was staged at a museum and the audience had to pick between 5 characters. They could see the show only from one perspective.
2016 Dein Herz? Wir nehmen es zurück! - Germany
An international couple in their late twenties walks through IKEA in order to create a future, they are both too afraid of living. IKEA is a symbol for globalized homes and experiences. The play is an audio walk one can download in order to follow the play through every IKEA in this world.
2016 SVENDBORG DIGTE - Denmark and Germany
Brecht lived from 1933-39 in Svendborg, Denmark. He wrote the SVENDBORG POEMS there, but they never got translated into Danish until now. Baggård Teatret hired me to write and stage a modern adaptation of the the poems in German and Danish. It was a huge challenge, but the play became very successful and nominated for the highest theatre award in Denmark.
2017 GELD MACHT TOD - Germany
„MONEY POWER DEATH“ is a stage adaption of Thomas Manns novel BUDDENBROOKS. The audience was seated amongst the family at a huge dinner table and became part of the family and story.
2017 MEMORY OFF SWITCH - Germany
A 10km long audio walk to commemorate world war 2nd from the perspective of the thrid generation.
2017 LIEBE MACHT FAUST - Germany
Goethes classic FAUST in a strip club in Augsburg. However, it is not about FAUST or boobies, but a retelling of Faust from a female and feminist perspective.
2017 DAS AMT FÜR UNLÖSBARE AUFGABEN - Germany
Started as a research project from the German government. I was asked to combine creativity and bureaucracy in a meaningful way. It ended with a theatrical showroom and a publication.
2018 DENMARK MY FATHERLAND - Denmark
Seven cities in worked together to draw a portrait of Denmark. I was asked to represent Svendborg with a 10 minute performance on the Danish poet Michael Josefson.
2018 MEERMIR - Germany
My first poetry collection.
2018 DIE UTOPISCHE ZONE - Germany, Sweden and Norway
An art installation in the middle of a city. An original refugee boat, covered by 60 meter of golden glitter walls.
2018 JEDER ONE NIGHT STAND IST EIN BILATERALES HANDELSABKOMMEN
My second collection of poetry, published in danish and German. Europe has a one night stand with human rights, but somehow they can’t decide to go all in.
2019 DANNEBROG - Denmark
Set in the near future of 2025. The play is a political experiment and thriller on what would happen, if Denmark wanted to become an island.
2019 DAS THEATER DER 10.000 - Germany
Together with unicef I desifned, wrote and directed a play, which allowed 10.000 perticipants to play togther. Via headsets the participants got their text and movement informations. In 100 cities performed 100 people together. The play was a science fiction piece in which children from the future traveld into our bodies to use them as avatars to change the world.
2019 DIE STILLE DER SUNDE - AUDIO WALK - Denmark
Alongside Svendborgs shore you meet 6 writers. Three are dead and three are still alive. It is philosophcal and entertaining walk based on the question if storytelling and our own life stories. Available in Danish, English and German.
2020 THE GHOST IS PRESENT