Schauspiel Leipzig’s Studio returns!

The University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig (Hochschule für Musik und Theater, or HMT) was one of the institutions that faced new challenges during the pandemic. Therefore, they had to pause a very special cooperation and training format that has been offered to the students of the university’s Institute for Drama “Hans Otto” since 1965: After their first two years of basic studies, acting students continue their training at Schauspiel Leipzig’s Studio.

But in September 2021, nine students will once again join our theatre for two seasons as the new Studio. They will perform in repertoire productions, be taught by experienced fellow company members and present the results of their work in public presentations and their own Studio-production at Diskothek.

This gives the second half of their MA-degree course in acting an eminently practical orientation. Studio Leipzig is headed by actor Annett Sawallisch and dramaturg Matthias Döpke.

Under the title of “Studio”, students regularly present their scene and monologue studies, devised Studio-shows or small scenic and musical projects at Diskothek.

The highlight of their first year of training at Studio Leipzig is the premiere of the Studio-production, planned for 2022. Under the guidance of renowned actors who are also experienced directors, the students develop this production, which can be presented at the Theatertreffen deutschsprachiger Schauspielstudierender (a conference of German-speaking acting students). Over the past years, Studio-productions have been directed by artists like Bruno Cathomas, Anita Vulesica and Miguel Abrantes Obstrowski; this year, the director will be Jonas Fürstenau, who was once an acting student at HMT Leipzig himself.

The members of Studio Leipzig are:

Philipp Adrian Djokic
Matthis Heinrich
Leonard Meschter
Ellen Neuser
Ronja Oehler
Ronja Rath
Laura Storz
Paula Vogel
Leonard Wilhelm