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Dr. Hermann Keckeis

University Professor in Music and Dramatic Portrayal (Scenic)

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Hermann Keckeis was born and grew up in Vienna. He studied drama, German literature and art theory as well as directing for opera and music-theatre in Vienna. He also spent periods of study in Venice, Stuttgart, Cologne, Paris and Rome.

He directed radio plays, features and participated in television productions for ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) in Vienna and published a book entitled Das deutsche Hörspiel 123-73.

He worked as assistant stage director at the Burgtheater in Vienna (working together with Luca Ronconi, Roberto Guicciardini, Jean-Louis Barrault and others).

He was chief dramaturge at the Theater Trier, Landestheater Coburg. At the Theater Bremerhaven he was senior play director.

He was lecturer for music-theatre studies at the universities of Erlangen/Nuremberg, Vienna and Salzburg. 

For many years Hermann Keckeis worked as stage assistant to Herbert von Karajan and also as head of the artistic planning office at the Salzburg Festival. He was then artistic director of the St. Gallen City Theatre and a guest stage director at theatres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and in the Netherlands  (Staatstheater Mainz, Kassel, Erfurt, Gießen, Linz, Vienna and others).

Since 1996 Hermann Keckeis has been professor of music and drama, performance and stage directing at the Mozarteum University.

He is a member of the mentoring team at the University of St.Gallen; participates in symposia on cultural and theatre theory topics and contributes to specialist journals. Hermann Keckeis also holds master-classes for scenic performance.