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Amélie Niermeyer, Univ.Prof.

University Professor in Acting
Head of Department for Drama/Direction - Thomas Bernhard Institute

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Amélie Niermeyer was born in Bonn. She went to High School in Bonn and St. Louis, Missouri. After her A-level exams in Germany she finished her Theatre Directing studies in Sydney, Australia. She studied German Philology as well as Theatre studies in Bonn and Munich.

Amélie Niermeyer started her professional directing career at the Residenztheater Munich when she was 23 years old. With her production of Springs Awakening she won the young artists price in munich. In 1991 she became a House Director at Theater Dortmund and two years later returned to the Residenztheater Munich as a director in residence. At 31 she moved to Frankfurt and became Leading Stage Director at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. From 2002 to 2006 she was Artistic Director of Theater Freiburg, and from 2006 to 2011 she was General and Artistic Director of the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus.

Since 2011 she has been a professor in directing at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where she became head of the Thomas Bernhard Department for Acting and Directing.

Amélie Niermeyer has directed at, among others, the Thalia Theater Hamburg, at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, the Schauspiel Frankfurt, in Basel and Los Angeles as well as continuously at the Residenztheater Munich (under now her fourth Artistic Director Martin Kusej). Some of her greatest successes in Munich were Rottweiler by Thomas Jonigk, Hedda Gabler by Ibsen, Maria Stuart by Schiller and 12th night by Shakespeare in 2014, Return to the Desert by Koltes – 2017 in all of which Juliane Köhler played the lead roles.

For ten years now she has also been working in Opera. After her first productions at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, she has most recently directed Berg’s Wozzeck, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Verdi’s Rigoletto and the first staged performance of Max Brandt’s Stormy Interlude in Salzburg as well as Cavalli’s Veremonda at the Schwetzinger Festspiele and in 2016 Donizetti’s La Favorite (with Elina Garanca) at the Bayrische Staatsoper Munich

In the 2016/2017 season Amélie Niermeyer has staged Rossini’s Elisabetta at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, followed by Koltes’ Return to the Desert at the Residenztheater Munich. In the following seasons productions in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna are planned.