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Starting with the theatre season 2018 / 2019 Wolf E. Rahlfs is Artistic Director of the “Theater der Altmark" (TdA), Regional theatre of Saxony-Anhalt North.

Find the theatre’s web presence here:
> Theater der Altmark

For upcoming premieres and performances of his productions: see “Dates" to the right.

You’ll find the home page of his creative team SPOOKY BUNCH here:
> Spooky Bunch

Dates Recent & upcoming productions

CABARET

by Kander (Music), Ebb (Lyrics), Masteroff (Libretto)

Premiere
Theater der Altmark
October 27, 2018
Performance Dates

STEPPENWOLF

by Hermann Hesse

Revival
Badische Landesbühne
Season 2018 / 2019
Performance Dates

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

by Arthur Miller

Premiere
Theater der Altmark
January 13, 2019
Performance Dates

About Me

Awards

2012

Nomination for INTHEGA-theatre prize „NEUBERIN“ for “Michael Kohlhaas" based on the novella by Heinrich von Kleist

2009

1st Jury prize at the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR STAGE DIRECTING in Leipzig for „The Bacchae" by Euripides

2009

In the preselection for a nomination for the theatre prize “DER FAUST" for “Nightblind" by Darja Stocker (Category: Youth theatre)

2002

Buzz Goodbody Award of the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY for solo piece “Notes from Underground" by Eric Bogosian

Professional Experience

2003 – 2018

Productions at several theatres in Germany and abroad, e.g. Badische
Landesbühne and Theater Koblenz (Germany), German State Theatre
Timisoara (Romania), Soho Theatre (UK)

Furthermore: miscellaneous engagements as a theatre actor as well as in film, TV and radio

Training

2009 / 11

Berlin University of the Arts
Workshops with Philippe Gaulier

2005

Berliner Festspiele – Theatertreffen International Forum of young theatre artists
(Course instructor: Dr. Manfred Linke)

2001 – 2003

MFA (Master of Fine Arts) – Theatre Directing
Middlesex University, London (UK) and York University, Toronto (Canada)

1998 – 2001

BA (Bachelor of Arts with Honours) – Performing Arts / Acting
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Liverpool (UK)

 

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

Writer

Several stage adaptations and translations (English-German)
Publisher: stückgut Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH Munich (Germany)

Stage Combat

Training with the British Academy for Dramatic Combat

Languages

English, German, Spanish

Music

Experience with bands and stage music
Instruments: Piano, Drums, Guitar
Vocals: Baritone (Pop / Rock)

Actor

Wolf E. Rahlfs as actor:
schauspiel.wolfrahlfs.de

Productions

STEPPENWOLF (2018)

STEPPENWOLF (2018) Based on the novel by Hermann HesseAdapted for the stage by Joachim LuxBadische Landesbühne DirectorWolf E. Rahlfs Music/Sound SupervisionPaolo Greco Stage/CostumesFranziska Smolarek Qlab-Programming Britta Bischof VideoTommi Brem 〉Performance Dates Presse The Premiere review of Badische Neueste Nachrichten ascertains: “Wolf E. Rahlfs convinces with his production of the Classic at Badische Landesbühne by applying […]

24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN (2017)

24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN (2017) Play by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Original Music Paolo Greco Stage / Video Tommi Brem Qlab-Programming Live-Video Britta Bischof Costumes Kerstin Oelker 〉Performance Dates Press Excerpt from the premiere review of Badische Neueste Nachrichten: “Cornelia Heilmann received enthusiastic applause for her […]

ANDORRA (2017)

ANDORRA (2017) Drama by Max Frisch Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Music Paolo Greco Stage Tommi Brem Costumes Franziska Smolarek Press The premiere review of Badische Neueste Nachrichten titles: “Thrilling production.” The Schwarzwälder Bote saw an „Outcry against intolerance” and the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung concludes „Discussions as the audience leaves the venue – theatre as […]

ORPHANS (2016)

ORPHANS (2016) Play by Dennis Kelly Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Press The Badische Neueste Nachrichten headline reads “This really takes it out of ya“. The Fränkische Nachrichten witnessed a “disturbing chamber play“ and the Main Echo finds prove in the production that the “ancient […]

SHAKESPEARE – LOVE, DEATH & DREAMS (2016)

SHAKESPEARE – LOVE, DEATH & DREAMS (2016) A Dream Play by Wolf E. Rahlfs based on a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets Cooperation project Theater Koblenz & State association of professional private theatre companies Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage Franziska Smolarek Wolf E. Rahlfs Costumes Franziska Smolarek Musical Direction Ernst Seitz Press The Rhein-Zeitung […]

NOISES OFF (2016)

NOISES OFF (2016) Comedy by Michael Frayn German State Theatre of Timisoara (Romania) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Franziska Smolarek This production will be in the repertoire of the German State Theatre of Timisoara until at least the summer of 2018. – For performance dates visit: www.dstt.ro Press The Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung for […]

MARY STUART (2016)

MARY STUART (2016) Tragedy by Friedrich Schiller Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Press The review of the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung states: „Congenially staged“, while the  Burghauser Anzeiger observes: „Where many directors fail with contemporary interpretations of the Classics, Rahlfs shows, how intense and absorbing a modern reading […]

BATTLE OF BLACKS AND DOGS (2014)

BATTLE OF BLACKS AND DOGS (2014) Play by Bernard-Marie Koltès Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Press The Fränkische Nachrichten sum up: „A 90-minute assault on the audience’s disposition. Heart-stopping and disturbing.” Photos © Peter Empl

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2014)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2014) Drama by Tennessee Williams Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Press The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung simply detects „sublime acting“, while the Schwarzwälder Bote establishes: „Brutality and Blues go hand in hand.” Photos © Peter Empl

AMADEUS (2013)

AMADEUS (2013) Play by Peter Shaffer Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage Ines Unser Costumes Franziska Smolarek Musical Programming Matthias Burger Press The Fränkische Nachrichten saw an „ensemble of actors, bubbling over with wit and joy of playing”. The critic of the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung puts to the record: „A thoughtful production with spectacular scenes“. […]

HEAD-ON (2012)

HEAD-ON (2012) Stage adaptation by Armin Petras based on Fatih Akin’s film of the same name Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes / Video Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Press The Heilbronner Stimme attests the actors „peak performances“. The Bruchsaler Woche concludes: „Not for the faint-hearted.“ Photos © Peter Empl

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2012)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2012) Comedy by William Shakespeare Stage adaptation by Wolf E. Rahlfs based on the translation of Wolf Graf von Baudissin Theater Koblenz (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Marlis Knoblauch Press The Rhein-Zeitung summarises „Splendid!” Photos © Arel Glebocki

HAUPTSACHE ARBEIT! (2012)

HAUPTSACHE ARBEIT! (2012) A blockbuster by Sibylle Berg Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Presse The Badische Neueste Nachrichten witnessed a „roller coaster ride superbly orchestrated by director Wolf E. Rahlfs”. The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung is inspired to ask: „How rough and evil may satire be?“. „Maybe a […]

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS (2011)

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS (2011) Stage adaptation by Wolf E. Rahlfs & Tommi Brem based on the novella by Heinrich von Kleist Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Nominated for the INTHEGA-theatre award „Neuberin“ Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Presse The Siegener Zeitung saw a „riveting production (…) breathless, emotional, fascinating“. The Südkurier […]

TWELFTH NIGHT (2011)

TWELFTH NIGHT (2011) Comedy by William Shakespeare / Newly translated by Wolf E. Rahlfs Theater Koblenz (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Franziska Smolarek Presse Regarding the retranslation of director Wolf E. Rahlfs the Rhein-Zeitung notes: „Rahlfs’ aspiration, to conserve the poetry and musicality of Shakespeare’s text whilst making it comprehensible to a […]

PORNOGRAPHY (2011)

PORNOGRAPHY (2011) Play by Simon Stephens Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Regie Wolf E. Rahlfs Ausstattung Tommi Brem Musik Paolo Greco Presse The Badische Neueste Nachrichten feel inspired to say: „Once again Rahlfs proves himself as an outstanding director of actors, who motivates the cast to deliver their very best.“ Photos © Peter Empl

AS YOU LIKE IT (2010)

AS YOU LIKE IT (2010) Comedy by William Shakespeare Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Regie Wolf E. Rahlfs Ausstattung Franziska Smolarek Presse The Fränkische Nachrichten title: „Clear the stage for the comedic energy of director Wolf E. Rahlfs! (…) Joke upon joke upon joke.“ The Mittelbadische Presse is delighted to see “open-air theatre both slick and feather-light”, […]

THE BACCHAE (2009)

THE BACCHAE (2009) Tragedy by Euripides International Festival for Stage Directing: Leipzig (Germany) – First Jury Award. Trento (Italy): Audience Award Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Wolf E. Rahlfs Franziska Smolarek Music Paolo Greco Presse The Leipziger Volkszeitung quotes the jury on their statement of grounds: “Aesthetically this was the most consistend production”. […]

NIGHT BLIND (2009)

NIGHT BLIND (2009) Play by Darja Stocker Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Guest performances: Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin (Germany), Nordic Baltic Festival Tallinn (Estonia), International Youth theatre festival “Schöne Aussicht”, JES / Stuttgart (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Tommi Brem Music Paolo Greco Presse The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung discovers the „puzzle of a family, slowly assembled, […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (2009)

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (2009) Comedy by Oscar Wilde Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage / Costumes Franziska Smolarek Presse The Heilbronner Stimme happily discovers „Gingerbread Style social criticism”. And the Fränkische Nachrichten state director Wolf E. Rahlfs “speeds through the dialogues in such a fashion that it makes the audience’s heads […]

LILA / PURPLE (2007)

LILA / PURPLE (2007) Play by Jon Fosse Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Musical Direction Milan Pesl Stage Wolf E. Rahlfs Karl-Heinz Drach Costumes Wolf E. Rahlfs Presse The Schwarzwälder Bote concisely concludes: „This production is going to be a box-office wonder.” Photos © Peter Empl

STOP THE TEMPO! (2006)

STOP THE TEMPO! (2006) Play by Gianina Carbunariu Badische Landesbühne (Germany) Guest performances: Heidelberger Stückemarkt (Festival for New Writing), International Youth Theatre Festival “Schöne Aussicht”,  JES / Stuttgart (Germany) Director / Stage / Costumes / Video Wolf E. Rahlfs Music Paolo Greco Presse Theater der Zeit calls the production a “flamboyant and operatic theatre performance“. […]

THING-FISH (2003)

THING-FISH (2003) Musical by Frank Zappa in a stage adaptation by Wolf E. Rahlfs & Tommi Brem World Premiere @ Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), London (UK) Director Wolf E. Rahlfs Stage & Costumes Franziska Smolarek Production Design Tommi Brem Light-Design Dirk Neuhof Musical Direction Moritz Metzner Choreography Yael Loewenstein Presse Lyn Gardner in the Guardian: […]

CV

Wolf E. Rahlfs received his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University, London (UK). He also hold a BA in Performing Arts – Acting from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA, UK) and conducted part of his directing studies at York University in Toronto (Canada). Rahlfs has been directing continuously in Germany and abroad since 2003 and was responsible for 25+ professional productions.

In 2003 he staged the World Premiere Production of Franz Zappa's sole musical “Thing-Fish" at the London Battersea Arts Centre (BAC). In 2009 Rahlfs won the Jury Prize at the German edition of the International Festival for Stage Directing in Leipzig (Germany), as well as the Audience Award at the international finale in Trento (Italy). His production of Heinrich von Kleist's “Michael Kohlhaas", based on his and Tommi Brem's own adaptation, was nominated for the INTHEGA-Theatre Prize “Neuberin" in Germany.

His directing credits include Classics such as Shakespeare's “Macbeth", “Twelfth Night" and “As you like it" or Friedrich Schiller's “Mary Stuart" as well as modern Classics, e.g. Tennessee Williams' “Streetcar named desire" or Peter Shaffer's “Amadeus". His particular interests pertain to Contemporary Drama. He has frequently staged the works of e.g. Jon Fosse, Dennis Kelly, Bernard-Marie Koltès or Simon Stephens.

Rahlfs is also active in unconventional coproductions: in 2016 he coordinated the experimental project “Shakespeare – Love, Death & Dream", a cross-institutional theatre enterprise bringing together a traditional repertoire theatre (Theater Koblenz) and several fringe theatres from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Starting with theatre season 2018 / 2019 he is Artistic Director of the “Theater der Altmark" (TdA), Regional Theatre of Saxony-Anhalt, in Stendal, Germany.