International Residency for Emerging Playwrights: 2019 Focus Europe

The Royal Court is re-establishing its flagship International Residency for its 20th anniversary year in 2019. Since 1989, this residency has invited emerging playwrights from around the world to spend time at the theatre developing a new play. This year’s residency has special focus on writers from Europe and in particular from the EU 27 countries. At a moment of huge change and uncertainty in Britain’s relationship with Europe, this residency looks to engage with a new generation of artists across the continent. And to make a statement about the Royal Court’s commitment to keeping deep international partnerships alive.

Many playwrights who have taken part in the residency over the past thirty years have become major international voices and work by residency playwrights has become a key strand of the repertoire of the Royal Court. The residency has introduced the Royal Court to writers from every continent and has often been a starting point for wider relationships with different theatre cultures. Previous participants include Lola Arias, Guillermo Calderón, Gianina Carbunariu, Anupama Chandrasekhar, Marius von Mayenburg, Juan Mayorga, Dalia Taha, and Natal’ya Vorozhbit.

The participants

The residency is a three week programme that sees writers spend time at the Royal Court, meeting British artists, attending workshops, seeing and discussing theatre and developing a new project during their time in London. It will take place during June and July of this year. Applicants were selected from an open call. The participating writers are:

International Residency 2019 - Almudena Ramírez-Pantanella

Almudena Ramírez-Pantanella, born in 1988 is a playwright, screenwriter  and stage director from Madrid. In 2015 she received the Spanish National Prize Calderón de la Barca for emerging playwrights for the play Los amos del mundo, staged and read in Spain, England and Argentina. She wrote Regurgitar for the Spanish National Institute of the Dramatic Arts and Music and has taken part in several artist-in-residence programmes in France at the National Centre for Performing Arts Writing ‘La Chartreuse’ in Villeneuve Lez Avignon. Her plays have been published, staged and produced. Her last play Quirófano premiered at the National Drama Centre in Spain.

She is currently working as a screenwriter for Netflix show Money heist and preparing the direction of her first screenplay based on her play La gran máquina.

 International Residency 2019 - Anna Nygren

Anna Nygren, born 1990, currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. She attended the Biskops-Arnö writing school in Stockholm 2010-2012, earned a MA in literature at Stockholm University 2015 and a MFA in literary composition at Linneaus University 2014. Since 2010 she has been a in-house playwright at Kvartersteatern in Norrköping. She has attended several international exchange programmes arranged by Assitej International – in South Africa, Austria, Serbia and the US. In 2015 her play Råger-Akilles och hennes vänner was played at Barnteaterakademin in Gothenburg. 2018 her two plays Fuck Your Marsvin And Dö and Witch Bitch was staged by Teater Athena in Malmö. The greek translation of her play Jag Dör Om Du Dör, premiered in Athens in 2017.

International Residency 2019 - Dino Pešut

Dino Pešut, born 1990 in Sisak, Croatia. He graduated dramaturgy, playwriting and screenwriting at Academy of drama Arts in Zagreb. He worked as a dramaturge in different theaters in Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia. Plays include (Pen)Ultimate Panda or Static ((Pret)Posljednja panda ili statika) won the 1st prize Marin Držić from the Ministry of Culture and was premiered in ZKM Zagreb, 2015. The play was invited to the Stückemarkt at Theatertreffen in 2016. They play was awarded the DEUTSCHEN JUGENTHEATERPREIS in 2018. He has won Marin Držić awards for the plays Grand Hotel Abyss (2016) and Stella, the flood (2017) and Olympia Stadium (2018).

A book of plays Penultimate panda and other plays was published in 2017. (Pretposljednja panda i druge drame, Aura Sisak, 2017.) In 2018 he published his debut novel Stretched knees (Poderana koljena, Fraktura,  Zaprešić 2018).

Photo Credit: Judita Gamulin

 International Residency 2019 - Enis Maci - Max Zerrahn

Enis Maci born in 1993, studied Literary Writing and Cultural Sociology in Leipzig and London (London School of Economics and Political Science). Her works include the plays LebendfallenMitwisser and AUTOS as well as the essay collection Eiscafé Europa (Suhrkamp, 2018). The plays have been performed, among other venues, at Schauspielhaus Wien and Schauspiel Leipzig. In 2018/19, Enis Maci will be writer-in-residence at Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Photo Credit: Max Zerrahn

International Residency 2019 -Leonie Casthel

Léonie Casthel is a writer from France. She began taking acting classes at the age of 4. Meanwhile, as  soon as she was able to hold a pen, she started writing tales, comics, fake evidences of the existence of microscopic wolf-headed aliens, poetry, then short stories, scenarios, and finally plays. In September 2014, she began a Master in dramaturgic writing at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre (ENSATT) and graduated in 2018. Through her plays Fugue en L Mineure (staged by Chloé Simoneau in 2014 at Théâtre 13 andat Théâtre de Belleville, Paris), Adelphes – nous étions mutants (prix InédiThéâtre 2014 and published by Lansman Éditeur), MilénaQuartette internet and Quintette internet (played by high school students at the CDN Le Préau, at the Festival Ctrl-J and at the Lycée Belmont in 2015), Traverse (staged in a farm in Normandy by the collective team of artists La Maison Brûle in 2016), Étape (in Désaffectés, staged by Catherine Hargreaves at ENSATT and at Théâtre de Die in 2017) and Les antennes et les branches (part of her end of studies memoir about being an autistic artist), she explores questions such as identity, differences, gender, neurodiversity, social justice, trying to invent other visions and other ways of life.

 International Residency 2019 - Maryam Zaree

Maryam Zaree was born in Tehran. She grew up in Frankfurt am Main and studied acting at the University for Film in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her breakthrough as an actor was the lead role in Burhan Qurbani’s film Shahada. Since then, she has played a dozen lead roles in Germany and in various European co-productions. For TNT’s series 4 Blocks, she received the Grimme- Award 2018 for Best Actress. Maryam has also performed at various theatres, including Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, and Maxim Gorki Theater. In 2013/14 she was co-author and dramaturg of the play Niemandsland by Yael Ronen for Schauspielhaus Graz.

Her debut play Kluge Gefühle won the author’s prize at the Heidelberger  Stückemarkt Festival in 2017, had its premiere at the 2018 Stückemarkt Festival in Heidelberg. Also in 2018, the play received a very successful production in Berlin at the theatre Hebbel am Ufer, co-directed by Niels Bormann and Maryam Zaree. Maryam’s first documentary film Born in Evin,  will have its world premiere at the Berlinale 2019.

Photo Credit: Stefan Klüter

International Residency 2019 - Mihaela Dragan

Mihaela Drăgan is an actress and playwright who lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin. In 2014, she founds Giuvlipen Theatre Company,  a “revolutionary theater” according to Reuters, with a feminist and anti-gypsysism agenda. In 2017 she is acknowledged by Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award from New York as one of 20 theatre women around the world who is doing exceptional work.

International Residency 2019 -Pier Lorenzo Pisano

Pier Lorenzo Pisano was born in Naples, Italy. He started working as  actor and assistant director for film and theatre productions, and as editor on various projects including the documentary Torn, which premiered at Venice Film Festival. He then graduated as director at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National Film School). His debut short movie As it is on earth was selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2018.

He also broadened his interest in writing, winning all the major Italian playwriting and screenwriting awards (Tondelli Award, Hystrio Award, Solinas Award). His theatre plays are translated into English, French, Romanian, Polish and his work was presented at the Avignon Festival 2018 in the program “Forum des Nouvelles Écritures Dramatiques Européennes”.

International Residency 2019 - Teresa Dopler - Rafael Sonntag

Teresa Dopler was born in 1990 in Upper Austria. She is currently living and working in Vienna. She studied „Sprachkunst“ at the University of Fine Arts in Vienna and „Theater, Film and Media“ at the University of Vienna. Her first play Was wir wollen was staged in Landestheater Innsbruck 2017, her second play Unsere blauen Augen was performed in Würzburg, at Mainfranken Theater in 2018.

She was awarded various scholarships for playwrights. Her texts have been published in literature magazines and on public radio. She takes part in the course „Forum Text“ 2018-20 and she is represented by G. Kiepenheuer Bühnenvertrieb.

Photo Credit: Rafael Sonntag