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André Szymanski
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André Szymanski

Born in Chemnitz in 1974, André Szymanski completed his training at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. After graduation, his first performances were at the barracks at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, where he could be seen in productions including Thomas Ostermeier’s plays ‘Shoppen und Ficken’ and ‘Mann ist Mann’. He and Ostermeier left together in 1999 to go to the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz, where Ostermeier directed him in Lars Norén’s ‘Personenkreis 3.1’ as well as Georg Büchner’s ‘Dantons Tod’ and ‘Woyzeck’. While he was there, he also worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz on her piece ‘17-25/4’ as well as directors Barbara Frey (‘Vor langer Zeit im Mai’), Rachel West (‘Fluchtpunkt’) and Christina Paulhofer (‘Macbeth’, ‘Phaidras Liebe’). Under the direction of Falk Richter he appeared in his pieces ‘Peace’, ‘Die Verstörung’ and ‘Unter Eis’. In Berlin he got to know Belgian director Luk Perceval, who he worked with on Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’, Anton Chekhov’s ‘Platonov’ and Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Anatol’.
Alongside various TV shows, including ‘Die Frau aus dem Meer’ with Anja Kling and Ulrich Tukur, and ‘Wie Matrosen’ with Alice Dwyer, Szymanski can also be seen in films such as ‘Wolfsburg’ (Director: Christian Petzold) and ‘Im Schatten’ (Director: Thomas Arslan).

He joined the Thalia ensemble as a regular member during the 200962010 season.

André Szymanski was awarded the Ulrich Wildgruber Prize in January 2011.