Jette Steckel

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1982, Jette Steckel studied theatre directing from 2003 to 2007 at the Theaterakademie Hamburg and as a guest student at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in Moscow. In 2007, she was voted Young Director of the Year by Theater heute magazine for her production of Darja Stocker’s “Nachtblind” which was invited to numerous festivals. She won the Eysoldt Prize for Young Directors for her production of Edward Bond’s “Gerettet” (“Saved”) which was invited to the Radikal jung Festival in Munich. In 2008, she was nominated for the Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize in the Best Newcomer category. From 2009 to 2013 and again since 2019, she has been in-house director at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg where her production of William Shakespeare’s “Die Tragödie von Romeo und Julia” (“The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”) won the German “Der Faust” theatre award. Jette Steckel has also directed at the Schauspiel Köln and the Burgtheater in Vienna as well as opera. Since 2008, she has regularly directed productions at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. In the spring of 2017, she won the Rolf Mares Award with “Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)” (“The Eighth Life (For Brilka)”), her adaptation of the century-spanning epic novel by Nino Haratischvili. This is the first time Jette Steckel is directing in Munich.