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Rafael Stachowiak
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Rafael Stachowiak

Born in 1981, Rafael Stachowiak studied drama at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. During his studies, he also performed at the Deutsches Theater in Thomas Dannemann’s production of Horvàth’s ‘Faith Love Hope’. In 2006, in the third year of his training, Stachowiak got a job at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin, where he worked with directors including Falk Richter, Luk Perceval, Thomas Ostermeier, Benedict Andrews and Constanza Macras. He played roles including Orin/Christoph in Ostermeier’s production of Eugene O´Neill’s ‘Mourning Becomes Electra’ and Achilles in Perceval’s staging of Kleist’s ‘Penthesilea’. In 2007 he appeared in Falk Richter’s production of ‘The Freeshooter’ at the Salzburg Festival. Stachowiak also acts in many TV and film productions.

Rafael Stachowiak has been a permanent member of the Thalia ensemble since the 2009/10 season. During his time here he has worked with directors including Antú Romero Nunes, Luk Perceval, Jette Steckel, Ene-Liis Semper & Tiit Ojasoo, Stefan Pucher and Johan Simons.

Alongside the rest of the ‘Moby Dick’ ensemble he was awarded the 2014 Rolf Mares Prize for Best Actor. It’s the first time this prize has been given to an ensemble.