Marie Schleef

Marie Schleef completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance at Bard College in New York in 2014. She then studied acting directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts. This was followed by assistant directing positions at the Volksbühne Berlin, among others with Susanne Kennedy. Her diploma production “The Journey to the Lighthouse” (based on the novel of the same name by Virginia Woolf) at the Volksbühne Berlin was invited to the Körber Studio for Young Directors 2019. In autumn 2019 Marie Schleef published the Lecture Performance “There Have Always Been Kings AND Queens”, based on the written part of her diploma thesis on the absence of the female canon in the German-speaking theatre landscape. Her Long Durational Performance “Name her. A Search for Women+” will be shown for the first time at Ballhaus Ost. She is also directing “Die Blechtrommel” at Schauspiel Köln. In 2021, Marie Schleef was awarded with her production “NAME HER. A Search for Women”, a co-production between Ballhaus Ost (Berlin), Münchner Kammerspiele and Kosmos Theater (Vienna), was invited to the Theatertreffen and received the 2022 Kurt Hübner Directing Prize for her direction of “Once I lived with a stranger” at Schauspielhaus Köln. At Münchner Kammerspiele Marie Schleef adapts Shirley Jackson’s novel “The Possibility of Evil” in the 2023/24 season.