Wolf E. Rahlfs is Artistic Director of Badische Landesbühne.
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For upcoming premieres and performances of his productions: see “Dates" to the right.
Theatre award “DIRECTING" of the FRIENDS' ASSOCIATION of Theater der Altmark for production “Death of a Salesman"
Nomination for INTHEGA-theatre prize „NEUBERIN“ for “Michael Kohlhaas" based on the novella by Heinrich von Kleist
1st Jury prize at the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR STAGE DIRECTING in Leipzig for „The Bacchae" by Euripides
In the preselection for a nomination for the theatre prize “DER FAUST" for “Nightblind" by Darja Stocker (Category: Youth theatre)
Buzz Goodbody Award of the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY for solo piece “Notes from Underground" by Eric Bogosian
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
2018 – 2023
Executive and Artistic Director of Theater der Altmark, Landestheater Sachsen-Anhalt Nord (Stendal)
2009 / 11
Berlin University of the Arts
Workshops with Philippe Gaulier
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
Training with the British Academy for Dramatic Combat
English, German, Spanish
Experience with bands and stage music
Instruments: Piano, Drums, Guitar
Vocals: Baritone (Pop / Rock)
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 about 40 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. In 2019 he received the “Directing Award" of the Förderverein at Theater der Altmark for his interpretation of Arthur Miller's “Death of a Salesman".
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.
From 2018 until 2023 he was Artistic Director of Theater der Altmark (TdA), Regional Theatre of Saxony-Anhalt, in Stendal, Germany.
With the beginning of the theatre season 2023/24 he is Artistic Director of Badische Landesbühne.