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Joachim Lux
Joachim Lux

Artistic Director

Born in Münster in 1957, Joachim Lux studied German and History at the Universities of Münster and Tübingen from 1976 to 1982 and directed theatre and music festivals there. From 1984 to 1999 he worked as a dramaturg, chief dramaturg and director in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bremen. From 1999 to 2009 he spent ten years as part of the team of Artistic Directors at the Vienna Burgtheater, initially as a dramaturg, and later as a chief dramaturg.
During this time he cultivated his working relationships with important directing contemporaries such as Karin Beier, Jan Bosse, Andrea Breth, Frank Castorf, Barbara Frey, Dimiter Gotscheff, Sebastian Hartmann, Hans Kresnik, Andreas Kriegenburg, Wilfried Minks, Christiane Pohle, Falk Richter, David Mouchtar-Samorai, Christoph Schlingensief and Nicolas Stemann. Many of the productions he has been involved with have been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen.
Joachim Lux holds various lectureships (Max Reinhardt Seminar, Vienna; Goethe Institute, Bogota/Columbia), works for the Salzburg Festspielen and has been appointed to various judging panels (‘Impulse’ Festival at the Off-Theater, ‘Stückemarkt’ at the Berlin Theatertreffen). Furthermore, from 2004 to 2008 he managed the ‘Dramatikersalon’ at the Berlin Theatertreffen, to which he invited numerous contemporary authors (Tankred Dorst, Händl Klaus, Gert Jonke, Falk Richter, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Ilija Trojanow, George Tabori and Urs Widmer).


Over all these years, a key focus of his work has also been nurturing modern authors such as Elfriede Jelinek, Gert Jonke, Tankred Dorst, Händl Klaus and Vladimir Sorokin. Elfriede Jelinek is particularly important to him, after he got to know her in the mid-Eighties, when her work was still deemed impossible to stage, and also supervised at the Vienna Burgtheater, where she broke through the years of boycotting in her homeland of Austria, to be triumphantly staged by Nicolas Stemann and ultimately receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.


Joachim Lux regularly stages productions. His credits include Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’, Jelinek’s ‘Sportstück’ and Rainald Goetz’s ‘Jeff Koons’ as well as texts adapted for the stage (Schnitzler’s ‘Traumnovelle’, Hermann Hesse’s ‘Steppenwolf’ and Jelinek’s ‘Sportstück’ as an opera libretto for the State Opera at Unter den Linden in Berlin).


Furthermore he has numerous publications, interviews, books, lectures and essays to his name about the likes of Thomas Brasch (Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt), Tankred Dorst (Merlins Zauber, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt 2001), Dimiter Gotscheff (Vorwerk Verlag, Berlin 2008), Elfriede Jelinek (Praesens-Verlag, Berlin 2008; Theater der Zeit), Gert Jonke (Jung und Jung Verlag, Wien 2008), Heiner Müller and Christoph Schlingensief, as well as a diverse range of articles for Theaterheute.


Joachim Lux took over the role of Artistic Director at the Thalia theatre in Hamburg in autumn 2009, the successor of Jürgen Flimm and Ulrich Khuon.

From 2014 to 2021, Joachim Lux was head of the German division of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and, as such, still is a member of the ITI World Executive Council.

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