Susanne Kennedy


stage directing at the Amsterdam Academy of Theatre and Dance, she worked for the National Theatre in the Hague. Among other things, she directed radical adaptations of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Enda Walsh’ The New Electric Ballroom, Elfriede Jelinek’s About Animals, and Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love. Several of her plays were shortlisted by the jury of the Dutch Theatre Festival. She directed Strindberg’s The Pelican for the Amsterdam Theatre Group and Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant for NTGent. As its intendant, Johan Simons invited her as guest director for the Munich Kammerspiele. Among other things, she there directed the sensational Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt (‘Purgatory in Ingolstadt’) and Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (‘Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?’), both of which were selected for the Berlin Theatertreffen. She has mainly worked in Germany since. Her installation-performances were shown at the Ruhrtriennale, for which she collaborated with Dutch theatre directors Suzan Boogaerdt and Bianca van der Schoot. From 2017 on, she has been affiliated with the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. For the Munich Kammerspiele, she recently directed Die Selbstmord-Schwestern, an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel The Virgin Suicides. The Munich Kammerspiele is one of the largest theatre companies in the German language area. Since its founding in 1912, it is known for its renowned ensemble of actors and directors that produce plays that do not shy from engaging and entering into a dialogue with current affairs. The Munich Kammerspiele is an innovative contemporary international city theatre with a socio-political focus. The Dutch Johan Simons was its house artistic director from 2010 to 2015. In 2013 and again in 2019, the magazine Theater heute honoured the Munich Kammerspiele as its ‘Theatre of the Year’. In 2015, Matthias Lilienthal started work as artistic director. He invited a diverse group of guest directors, such as Philippe Quesne, Rabih Mroué, Toshiki Okada, Christoph Marthaler, and Susanne Kennedy.