Performing Arts

The international membership is mainly composed of actors, singers and dancers, directors, choreographers and stage designers, dramaturges and theatre directors.


The Director of the Performing Arts Section since 2017 is theatre director Nele Hertling and the Deputy director since 2015 is actor Christian Grashof.

Nele Hertling, Director

Nele Hertling, Director

Christian Grashof, Deputy Director

Christian Grashof, Deputy Director


Constanza Macras I Dorky Park: "The Pose", performance in all spaces of the Hanseatenweg building, July 2017

Not Letting It In the Academy - Long-term performance by the Israeli artist Jason Danino Holt and seven performers from Tel Aviv and Berlin on May 20, 2017 in the studiofoyer.

"bodytext", dance piece by Modjgan Hashemian with Ashkan Afsharian (on the left), Elahe Moonesi and Kaveh Ghaemi (Berlin/Teheran 2016) on October 29 and 30, 2016 as part of the Uncertain States programme.

"I have drawn more than you can see here", a production of Warsaw based collective Strefa WolnoSłowa on October 26, 2016 in the frame of the Uncertain States programme.

"Acrobats" by Cantieri Meticci, a Bologna based Ensemble, on October 25, 2016 in the frame of the Uncertain States programme.

Lassaad Jamoussi in Meriam Bousselmi´s play "Was der Diktator nicht gesagt hat" (What the Dictator didn´t say, Tunis/Brüssel 2016) on October 15, 2016 in the frame of the Uncertain States programme.

Closing discussion of the German-Israeli Dramatists' Dialogue in October 2015. From left to right: Yonatan Levy, Shimon Levy, Jason Danino Holt, Shimrit Ron and Kathrin Röggla.

In individual events, the Section highlights special themes resulting from the work of its members. In its thematic focuses, it traces large-scale aesthetic contexts with particular interest in the social dimension of artistic work.

In addition, it promotes international theatre dialogues (previously focusing on Poland and Tunisia) and the dialogue between art and science (as, for example, in a cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the Valeska-Gert Professorship).

From a cultural policy perspective, it is a contact partner for all kinds of performing arts institutions and is committed to the concept of exchange of independent and established scenes on the basis of solidarity.


O.E. Hasse Prize laureate 2019 Julia Windischbauer, student of acting at the Otto Falckenberg Academy, Munich

Actor Alexander Scheer winner of the Berlin Art Prize for Performing Arts with Ulrich Matthes, member of the jury, March 2019 at Pariser Platz

Mark Lammert and Angela Winkler, members of the jury, with Frank Berberich, editor of Lettre International, and his colleague Esther Gallodoro, October 2018 at Hanseatenweg

Theatre director Frank Castorf, winner of the 2016 Berlin Art Prize, on the Academy´s terrace.

In december 2015 the Joana Maria Gorvin Prize was given to actress Kirsten Dene (in the middle) in Burgtheater Wien. Next to her: actor and member of the jury Ulrich Matthes and Burgtheater´s director Karin Bergmann.

In addition to the annual Berlin Art Prize of all Sections, the Performing Arts Section (rotating with the Film and Media Section) awards the Akademie der Künste Konrad Wolf Prize on a biennial basis.

In addition, it awards two of the most important acting prizes in the German-speaking world: the Joana Maria Gorvin Prize awarded every five years (current homoree: Kirsten Dene from Vienna´s Burgtheater) and the Hermine Körner Ring, intended as a lifetime award in each case and currently borne by Hildegard Schmahl. It is also responsible for the Tilla Durieux Jewellery, worn by each winner for ten years before being passed on. In 2010 this was awarded to Judith Hofmann by Annette Paulmann.

The “Pandora’s Box” for theatrical direction is also awarded on a lifetime basis from the Performing Arts Section. This award is in the form of a silver tobacco tin and a lighter, which the benefactor Albert Heine received from Karl Kraus in Vienna in 1905 while directing the premiere of Wedekind’s “Die Büchse der Pandora” (Pandora’s Box). The current holder is Dieter Dorn.

The prestigious O.E. Hasse Prize is an award for young acting talent, given in alternate years to students of either the Munich Otto Falckenberg School or the Berlin “Ernst Busch” Hochschule für Schauspielkunst (Academy for Dramatic Art).