Susanne Kennedy


Susanne Kennedy (1977, Germany) made a name for herself in the Netherlands with a number of plays in which she turned well-known classic texts on their heads. After graduating from her studies in 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.