Learn from experience, stories and admiration - not from a textbook. The teaching team consists of international theatre and film professionals with many years of artistic and educational experience. Their first-hand film and stage experience, contacts and projects bring our students closer to the professional world.

Katharina Abt


Katharina Abt, born in Munich, completed her acting training at the Westphalian Drama School in Bochum. Since then, she has worked in theaters throughout the German-speaking world, e.g. in Bochum, Düsseldorf, Munich and Zurich. She has also been working as a musical actress since 2011. In 2015, she received the Hamburg Rolf Mares Theater Award for best actress for the role of Silvia in "Kaspar Häuser Meer". Her best-known film and television productions include the comedies "Liebe in anderen Umständen" and "Die Verzauberung", as well as the ZDF series "Der Botschafter". She has also played leading roles in the series "Der Elefant", "Die Albertis" and as a co-commissioner alongside Ottfried Fischer in "Der Bulle von Tölz", as well as a commissioner in "Die Rosenheim Cops". She has been teaching young actors since 2015. First at the Joop van der Ende Academy, then at the Sängerakademie Hamburg and since 2022 at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg.



Ercan Altun was born and raised in Bremen. After graduating from high school, he completed a 3-year acting training in Hamburg and received his stage graduation certificate in 1995.
Engagements at city and state theaters in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, Schwerin and Bremen followed. BIs 2006 he was part of the ensemble of the "Hamburger Jedermann". He has also performed in independent productions and at festivals including Kampagnel and the Akzente Festival. He participated in numerous radio plays for WDR and NDR, as well as in various TV productions.
Since 1997 he has been regularly trained by Alia Hawa in the "Synapsing" training method for actors. From 2006 to 2009 he trained as an acting teacher in Hamburg, Berlin and New York. Ercan Altun lives in Hamburg and works as an actor and lecturer.



Marie Bäumer began her acting training in 1992 at Studio 033 in Hamburg. Besides appearing in numerous films, she also acted in stage plays, among others at Kampnagel. At the Salzburg Festival she played "Buhlschaft" in the Jedermann. In 2001, she appeared alongside Michael Bully Herbig in THE SHOE OF MANITOU. In January 2011, Ms.Bäumer made her debut as a director in the production of her play, "Abschied", at the Hamburger Kammerspiele.

In 2018, she received the German Film Award as best leading actress in the film "3 Days in Quiberon".



Sascha Bargheer is a state-certified breath, speech and voice teacher, actor, speaker and coach for professional speaking, voice and communication. He was a bank clerk, canteen operator, choir singer, assistant director, performed as part of the independent theatre ensemble "projekt: fremdsehen" and participated in productions and coaching in Hanover, Braunschweig, Detmold, Weimar, Lüneburg and Hamburg. His work is defined by the connection of holistic breathing, speaking, voice and movement functions against the background of one's individual potential for development processes according to the concept of Schlaffhorst-Andersen. He complements this method with functional voice pedagogy according to Rabine, as well as bioenergetic and osteopathic approaches. Since 2011, actors, singers, authors, moderators, politicians, teachers, CEOs and other people in speaking professions with special demands have profited from this approach.



After completing her training as an actress, and engagements at various theatres, Morena Bartel founded the mobile children's and youth theatre "Theater am Strom" in Hamburg. She works as a speaker and gives voice, speech and presentation seminars. Ms. Bartels is a voice and speech teacer at the SFSH. She received her certification as a designated Linklater teacher in 2012.



Justus Beckmann works as film editor, casting director, cameraman, producer and coach. He is a member of the Gula Mons film syndicate, has produced two feature films as well as demo tapes, image films and music videos. In 2009, he began his work as a coach and casting trainer - first for children, later also in adult courses at the SfSH. After six years as production manager in the Audiosynchron-Studios, he has worked as a project manager at Creative Sound Conception, Hamburg's largest dubbing studio, since 2019.

Justus has taught the film graduate class at the SfSH since 2014.



Director of photography, Matthias Bolliger, was born in Switzerland in 1975. After completing his film studies in the field of "camera/picture direction" in Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg, he has worked as a light-setting cameraman for scenic and documentary productions as well as in the image/advertising film sector.

In 2007, he shot "Chiko" with director Özgür Yildirim and Fatih Akin's production company, Corazón International. "Chiko" was nominated for the "German Camera Award" in 2008 and received two "German Film Awards" the following year. In 2011, he realised the hip-hop music film "Blutzbrüdaz" as DoP with rapper Sido in the leading role. In 2012, Matthias Bolliger, shot the first episode of the new NDR "North German Tatort" directed by Özgür Yildirim with Wotan Wilke Möhring. This episode, "Feuerteufel", reached over ten million viewers when it was first broadcast in April 2013. In the same year, he was responsible for a stereoscopic long-term documentary for ZDF/Arte about the German astronaut Alexander Gerst and was one of the DoPs for the music festival cinema documentary "Wacken 3D" (2014). This was followed by the pictorial design of the bestselling film adaptation "Boy7" by the Dutch author Mirjam Mous , featuring David Kross and Emilia Schüle in the leading roles. In 2015, he shot another North German Tatort with Wotan Wilke Möhring and his new team partner Franziska Weisz, and then filmed the event episode of Tatort Freiburg with director Katrin Gebbe and Heike Makatsch.

Filming of "16 levers de soleil / 16 sunrises", a long-term documentary about the French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, began in 2016. It was followed in the fall by Özgür Yildirim's new feature film "Nur Gott kann mich richten" (Only God can judge me), starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Edin Hasanović and Birgit Minichmayr. In the summer of 2017, filming began on the third North German Tatort with Wotan Wilke Möhring. In 2018/19, he shot the second and final third season of the successful series, "4 Blocks", with Kida Khodr Ramadan in the leading role.

Matthias Bolliger teaches at the Hamburg Media School (HMS), the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg as well as at the International Film School Cologne (IFS) and writes as a contributing expert author for the magazine "Film- & TV Kameramann". He is a member of the German Film Academy.



Samira Julia Calder is an actress with South African roots, she lives and works in Berlin. During her training at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg, she also met Jens Roth, with whom she has had an intensive collaboration ever since.
In addition to engagements from the state theater to independent productions, Samira has always worked on her own projects and productions, as artistic director, director's assistant or director, assistant to the artistic director or assistant director.
Since 2020, she is also a trained SourceTuning coach and since then she supported various productions on-set on a national and international level and
successfully prepared actors and actresses for castings, theater roles and filming. Role work for Aylin Tezel's directorial debut film "Falling into place", "Wir" - ZDF , "Tonis Welt" - VOX, "Das Boot".
Her teaching activities have so far led her to the Film Academy Ludwigsburg, the Schule for Acting Hamburg and the Academy of Arts in Latvia.



Anja Del Caro studied literature, psychology and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. She works as a senior dramaturg at the Hamburger Kammerspiele, Altonaer Theater, Harburger Theater and LichtwarkTheater Bergedorf. Her main field of influence and activity is the Hamburger Kammerspiele. In this context she also gives dramaturgical introductions to the productions, leads audience discussions or panel discussions around the plays, moderates events and designs concepts for new theater forms -and formats such as the GROOVY TUESDAY in the Logensaal of the Kammerspiele. She is the inventor and host of the social media format OFFENE WORTE for the Hamburger Kammerspiele. In addition, she occasionally works as a translator of plays, gives lectures, serves on various juries for author competitions or scholarship awards, and adapts novels for the stage (by Oscar Wilde, Sven Regener, Etty Hillesum, Diane Boeckhoven, among others).



Sarah Diener studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies and American Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum and at the University of Copenhagen before fully following the call of the stage.
She finished her acting studies at the SCHULE FÜR SCHAUSPIEL HAMBURG in 2006 and since then has appeared in numerous theatre productions, including at the Hamburger Kammerspiele and at the Altonaer Theater. She has also starred in movies for the cinema and various ARD and ZDF productions. She played alongside renowned actors such as Sandra Borgmann, Hannelore Hoger and most recently Rolf Lassgard and worked with renowned directors such as Kai Wessel and Markus Imboden.
In addtion, Sarah has been established as a professional speaker for years and is active in a wide variety of genres.



Melek Erenay is a SfSH graduate. She has performed at the Theater Bremen, Klagenfurt, at the "Hebbel am Ufer", Altonaer Theater among others.

In Berlin she has been successful as a member of the Ballhaus-Naunynstrasse ensemble, and is a guest actress at the Gorki Theater. She is also works as director, coach and speaker. She performed in a co-production of the Ruhrfestspiele and at the Hamburger Kammerspiele, among others.

At the SfSH she is teaches orientation courses, talent days, short seminars, pre-semester and adult courses.



Born in the northern Black Forest, actor and singer Gunnar Frietsch played the role of Franz Moor in a touring production of Schiller's "Die Räuber" in Germany and Switzerland before graduating in 2009. Further engagements have led him to the Thalia Theater Hamburg (director: Andreas Kriegenburg), the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein and the Theater Gütersloh.

He completed his vocal studies in the classes of Prof. Caroline Thomas and Kammersänger Prof. Mario Zeffiri at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. Master classes with Kammersänger Hans Sotin, Bo Skovhus and Prof. Lars Woldt completed his studies.

As part of the annual production of the Hochschule für Musik in June 2014, Gunnar sang Papageno in Mozart's "Magic Flute" at the Landestheater Detmold. In September 2015, the young baritone made his debut at the Staatstheater Darmstadt under the musical direction of Will Humburg as Fiorello in "Barber of Seville", this was followed by appearances as the Conférencier in Kander & Ebbs "Cabaret", and as Helmer Hanssen in the double opera "South Pole".

During the 2017/18 season, Gunnar Frietsch performed in the world premiere of Ingrid Lausund's "Trilliarden" at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Until recently he played the role of Pugsley Addams in the "Addams Family" at the Landestheater Detmold as well as the role of Georg in "Das Orangenmädchen" at the Stadttheater Gießen - a role he played there again in 2019/20.

At the Luisenburg-Festspiele Wunsiedel 2020, Mr. Frietsch takes on the young leading role of Adso in "The Name of the Rose".

In addition to his activities on stage, Gunnar Frietsch regularly teaches acting, ensemble training and singing.



Tino Führer was born and raised in Hamburg. He laid his acting foundation at the "Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg". After graduating, he had several theatre engagements, among others he played in "Angst essen Seele auf" at the Theater an der Basilika. Tino Führer wanted to learn more about the craft of acting and went to New York where he studied for two additional years at "The Neighborhood Playhouse - School Of Theatre".

During his six-year stay in the United States, Tino Führer repeatedly performed in theatre productions and readings. He appeared in short movies and also began work as a producer.

Since he returned to Germany, he has performed in theatres in Berlin, Hamburg, Austria and Switzerland, among others. He has taught at the SfSH since 2016.



Siegfried Gerlich works as a pianist, répétiteur and arranger. Since the age of 18 he has been active in chanson and theater. He has had numerous performances at home and abroad (including England, France, Russia, Brazil, Kenya, Lithuania). A long-standing cooperation connects him among others with Hannelore Hoger, Eva-Maria Hagen, Marie and Wolf Biermann, Angela Winkler, Eva Mattes, Corinna Harfouch, Nina Hoss and Nina Hagen



Daniel Großkämper completed his acting training in 2015 at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg. He then worked as a freelance actor at the Theater Paderborn and the Thalia in Gaußstraße. With the 2016 / 2017 season, he became a permanent ensemble member with Friedrich Schirmer at the Württembergische Landesbühne Esslingen, where he still lives, works and plays today. Since 2021 he leads the orientation course in Stuttgart.



Hamburg-born Gunnar Haberland has been on stage since 2001. He completed his acting training at the SfSH from 2001-2004.

Engagements at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Altonaer Theater and the Theater in der Basilika followed. In early 2008 he moved to Bremen, where he became a permanent member of the bremer shakespeare company. He appeared in numerous roles there until the end of 2011. A highlight of this period was an invitation to the "Globe to Globe" - Festival 2012 in London's Globe Theatre. His path then led him to Berlin, where he first accepted a guest role in the telenovela Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten. Until 2018, he appeared as a permanent guest at the renowned Berlin Kriminal Theater, where he was voted best leading actor of the season in 2015 for his role of George Pigden in "Out of Control". He was also nominated for the Golden Curtain of the Berlin Theaterclub alongside Boris Aljinovic, Nina Hoss, Anna Thalbach in 2016.

Gunnar Haberland returned to Bremen in 2018, where he lives with his family. He works as a freelance actor, trainer and coach nationwide.



„Born in Kabul as a child of Afghan parents, Ali fled with his family to Germany in 1989. His philosophy teacher suggested he study film after he became infatuated with "Citizen Kane", "Goodfellas" and "Endstation Sehnsucht". He completed his studies at the "medienakademie" in Hamburg. His graduation film, "Crazy In Love", was broadcast by the NDR in 2011 as part of a nomination for the "Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis". Since 2011, he is in charge of his film production "let's be awesome" as a producer, director and author.

He has produced short films that have been shown at festivals worldwide. Ali does not lke to make things easy for himself: in 2013 he traveled to Herat / Afghanistan, where he shot a short film in nine days with a small three-man and one-woman team and a truck of Afghan soldiers. In 2019, Ali was able to assert himself in the NDR's "Nordlichter" series for young talent with his film "Bonnie & Bonnie".

Ali Hakim teaches the following: storytelling, dramaturgy and exposé at the Journalists' Association DJV, and camera acting at the Hamburg School of Drama.“


preparatory semester dance

Zura Hashemol-Hosseini is a certified dance teacher and choreographer. She has also worked as a dancer in Hamburg at the Goldbekhaus and at the State Opera, as well as in Bolzano at the City Theater. After her dance education, her competence as a pedagogue was strengthened even more through various further education and training courses in Germany and abroad. She decided to study philosophy in Hamburg. The passion to pass on the art of dance captivated her even more.

Zura Hashemol-Hosseini works with children and teenagers and also founded her Kids Dance Company in 2011 and regularly creates choreographies for the stage..

As a dance instructor, she studies choreographies of different dance styles with actors. In dance improvisation she encourages and supports actors to find their individual expression of movement.



Niklaus Helbling, was born 1959; he studied German and history in Zurich. Master's thesis on narrative games in Jean Paul's "Comet". From 1988 to 1998 he was dramaturg at the Thalia Theater Hamburg. Since 1999, he has worked as a director at numerous German-speaking theatres. As a co-founder of the Swiss theatre formation MASS & FIEBER, he has been involved in over 20 independent productions between Zurich, Hamburg, Jena and Tehran. Most recently: "The Moon Machine", a lecture performance about machines, humans and bacteria.



Svenja Ipsen has been on stage since a young age and worked as an assistant director for the first time at the age of 16. From 2011 to 2014 she completed her acting training at SfSH. Since then she has been acting in various productions at different stages.

Svenja's passion is voice, presence and fantasy work. In the meantime, she also works regularly as a voice-over artist in the dubbing studio, for Marie Bäumer and the Atelier Escapade, and has been an acting teacher at SfSH since 2020.



After a permanent engagement at the theatre, she has now been working as a freelancer for more than 20 years, with guest engagements at municipal theatres in Düsseldorf, Lübeck, Cologne, Chur (Switzerland), Théatre de Capucins, Luxembourg and at various festivals. She also appears in various series including Tatort, Ein Fall für Zwei, Notruf Hafenkante and others, as well as radio work (features and radio dramas).

Now permanently based in Hamburg, she has taught acting for several years with a focus on camera work, which she studied intensively in several studios in Los Angeles.



Özgür Karadeniz grew up in Kiel and completed his acting studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen in 2002. After freelancing at the Schauspielhaus Bochum and the Theater a.d. Ruhr Mühlheim, he joined the Schauspiel Frankfurt as a member of the ensemble from 2003-2009. Further stations in his stage career were the Munich Volkstheater, Schauspiel Hannover, Schauspiel Basel, the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Theater Bonn, Schauspiel Köln and Theater am Neumarkt Zurich.

Since 2004, Özgür Karadeniz has regularly appeared in film and television productions. Since 2005, he has appeared in five TATORT episodes, including "Weil sie böse sind" (German Television Award 2010) and "Borowski und die Rückkehr des stillen Gastes" (2015) with Axel Milberg and Lars Eidinger. In addition, Özgür Karadeniz has regularly appeared in the successful ZDF crime series, Nachtschicht, since 2012. In 2016, he appeared in the highly acclaimed ARD three-part film "Mitten in Deutschland: NSU" by Züli Aladag and in the ZDFneo series BRUDER by Randa Chahoud. He has completed shooting of the Netflix series DOGS OF BERLIN, directed by Christian Alvart.

In April 2018, the German-Cypriot-Greek feature film SMUGGLING HENDRIX by director Marios Piperides with Özgür Karadeniz as Tuberk was awarded Best Feature Film in the International Feature Film Competition of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film was released in German cinemas on 14 November 2019.



Christopher Kaufmann was born in Munich in 1986. After successfully completing his Bachelor of Arts, he works as a second directors assistant and extras supervisor for various television and cinema productions.
In addition to his work as a freelancer, he creates his own short films as a director and writer, which are presented at various short film festivals.
From 2014 to 2016 he studied directing at the Hamburg Media School's master program. The short films "Butter Brioche", "Das Gegenteil von Orange" and "Cigarbox Blues" were produced under his direction and are presented at numerous national and international festivals. His final Film "Cigarbox Blues" won the "Max-Ophüls-Prize" in 2017.
Since 2018 he has been teaching at the Medienakademie Hamburg and in 2020 he also started teaching at the SCHULE FÜR SCHAUSPIEL HAMBURG.
Christopher lives and wroks as a free author, director and lecturer in Hamburg.



Swanhild Kruckelmann is a dancer, choreographer, dance, physical training and fascia rotation teacher and also works as a photographer. She studied acting and dance in Berlin, dance in Essen at the Folkwang University of the Arts and took numerous further training courses (fascia rotation according to Eibich, Yoga, Pilates, Shiatsu, cultural management and systemic work). She danced with NEUER TANZ/VA Wölfl for two years, and was a founding member and ensemble member of the Ben J. Riepe Company in Düsseldorf for five years. She toured extensively throughout Germany and Europe, as well as Japan and Mexico. In Hamburg she worked with Isabel Schad and Viktoria Hauke/Chris Lechner at Kampnagel and Anne Schneider in Hamburg and Berlin. In 2006, she was in New York on a scholarship awarded by the Kunststiftung NRW. She has choreographed for the Opera House in Maastricht (NL), Montpellier (F), the St. Pauli Chamber Choir, and from 2013-2015 she directed together with Antoine Effroy and Brenda I. Steinecke Soto, the Bassedanse Project at the Mojo Club Hamburg, where she presented four pieces.



Carmen Lopez-Sway is a Swiss actress, dance teacher, choreographer and singer. Carmen completed her training at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg. In 2016, she premiered in the leading role in the hit musical "Stägeli uf - Stägeli ab" at Zurich's Bernhard Theater. She also appears with her brother Marc Sway, the juror and coach from The Voice of Switzerland, and tours as a dance teacher and choreographer with "Shake your Bum Bum".



The film "Kaddish for a Friend", starring Neil Malik Abdullah in a leading role, was awarded the German Film Prize in 2013. He has appeared in numerous television productions such as „Blutige Anfänger“, Alarm für Cobra 11“, „Großstadtrevier“, „In aller Freundschaft“, „Magda macht das schon“ as well as in the cinema in „A most wanted man“, „Charlys Angels“, „Hexe Lili rettet Weihnachten or „Eine Hand wäscht die Andere“.

Neil Malik Abdullah spent seven years learning the Meisner Technique with Alex Taylor at the Sanford Meisner Center and The Taylor School of Acting in L.A., and actively uses this technique in his work as an actor. This experience makes his training very hands-on and practical.



Ulrich Meyer-Horsch studied acting at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg as well as philosophy, theology and theatre pedagogy at the universities of Heidelberg, Hamburg, Kiel and London (King's College).

Since 1993 he has worked as an actor and director at German state theatres including Theater Kiel, Theater Lübeck , Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Altonaer Theatre and many others. He has worked with Simon McBurney & Complicite, with Yoshi Oida and Augusto Boal. His productions received several theatre awards. Until 2015, he was associate artistic director of the Kreuzgangspiele Feuchtwangen.

Ulrich Meyer-Horsch is a guest lecturer at the Yeditepe University Istanbul, and was a lecturer at the ZHdK Zurich and the Taipei National University for the Arts, Taiwan for several years. He has also directed and taught in Russia, the US, the Middle East, South America, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. He is a co-founder of Michael Chekhov Europe e.V. (MCE) and a trainer for the international Michael Chekhov Association in New York (MICHA).



Antonia graduated from SfSH in 2013 and shortly thereafter began her first engagement under the direction of Sebastian Baumgarten in "Die Ballade vom fliegenden Holländer" at the Hamburg Schauspielhaus. Her path then led her to the Zurich University of the Arts, where she successfully completed her master's degree in acting in 2016. Antonia has performed at theaters in Zurich, Bern, Dresden, Hamburg and Düsseldorf, among others.

From 2017-2020, she played the role of Saskia Weigel in the series "Unter Uns" on RTL and has since appeared in various ARD and ZDF productions; most recently in the series "Marie fängt Feuer". Since 2020, Antonia also works as an acting coach in camera acting and stage.



Besides working as an actor Julian Müller also takes over positions behind the camera. For example, as assistant director, production assistant, casting director, script/continuity or best boy.

He works for short films - or image films - and has already worked on a feature film production. He also produces demo tapes. Since 2013, he has worked at the SfSH as a teacher of acting for camera.



Georg Münzel initially studied philosophy and English literature at the University of Hamburg, and then acting at the "Hamburgische Schauspielstudio". His first professional engagement was in 1994, as a permanent member of the Theater Dortmund. He then worked at the Theater der Stadt Heilbronn and then for four years at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Since 2000, after taking parental leave, he has worked as a freelance actor, and has since had guest engagements at the Thalia Theater, Ernst-Deutsch-Theater, the Hamburger Kammerspiele, the Altonaer Theater, Theater der Jugend Wien, among others, and at the Bad Hersfeld Festival, where he received the "Großer Hersfeld Preis" in 2003 for his portrayal of the Prince of Homburg. Georg Münzel has also worked as a director since 2005. In 2015, he received the Rolf Mares Prize in the category "Outstanding Production" for his dramatisation of "Fast Genial" by Benedict Wells at the Altonaer Theater. In 2014, his play "Hiroshimaplatz" won the audience award at the "Stück auf!" the Autorentage at Schauspiel Essen. Most recently he directed the musical "Catch Me If You Can" at the Burgfestspiele Jagsthausen, "Othello" at the Theater Naumburg, the DSE of "Alles was Sie wollen" by Delaporte / de la Patellière at the Deutsches Theater Göttingen and his own dramatization of Sebastian Schipper's film "Absolute Giganten" at the Altonaer Theater.



Jan Oberndorff initially studied theatre history in Munich and then acting at the SCHULE FÜR SCHAUSPIEL HAMBURG. After several years working as a theater and TV actor he soon became a director.

He received the Critics' Prize of the Berliner Zeitung in Berlin for his directorial debut, Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". He staged further productions in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Rostock and Hildesheim, among others.

He soon he discovered his passion for teaching. As an acting teacher he has taught at the Otto-Falckenberg-School in Munich, at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, at the Vienna Conservatory, at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, as well as at the ZHDK Zurich, in South Korea, Romania, Turkey, Uruguay and Italy. He has been a member of the SfSH leadership team since 2011.



Kristina Pauls was born and raised in Hamburg. She completed her acting studies at the HfS Ernst Busch in Berlin and then went on to a permanent engagement at the Munich Volkstheater. Furthermore, she played numerous major roles in guest engagements at various state and municipal theaters (Theater Bremen, Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam, Munich Volkstheater).

At the same time, she directed various youth projects at the respective theaters, where she discovered her passion for teaching. She also produces about-me videos for artists and works as an actress for film and television.



Born in Hamburg, she realised early on how much she loved and was fascinated by working with the three different levels (body, soul, spirit) in acting and finally completed her acting training with a focus on theatre & film at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg in 2015.

Since then she has been working as a freelance actress on stage and in front of the camera throughout Germany (e.g. 2021 for the feature film "Wirecard - Der große Fake" RTLNow |2023 for the "Flensburg Krimi" ARD) and also works as an acting teacher and coach with a focus on camera acting, improvisation and role work at various Hamburg acting schools. Kira lives in Hamburg and has been working as a lecturer for the SfSH since 2021.



The actress Neda Rahmanian, who grew up in Hamburg, is known to most TV viewers as the tough inspector Branka Maric from the ARD/TV series "Der Kroatien Krimi". She played this role from 2015 to 2018. She discovered her passion for the acting profession while still in school, so she passed the selective entrance exam at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre right after graduation. On stage, she made her debut in the role of Juliet from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and was awarded the Karl Heinz Walther Young Talent Award for her performance.

For many years, the theater stage was her professional home, with engagements at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Freies Schauspiel Ensemble Frankfurt and the Kammerspiele in Hamburg, among others. But even during her time in the theater, her film career was slowly but steadily building. In 2014, she debuted in her first leading film role in the ARD feature film "Leberkäseland" (director: Nils Willbrand) in which she facetiously embodied and narrated a character over three decades. She then starred in many ARD and ZDF television productions, including several Tatorten such as "Wofür es sich zu leben lohnt" (director: Alrun Goette). In 2016 she worked with renowned artist Shirin Neshat (New York) and starred in her international feature film "Looking for Oum Kulthum" as Mitra, with an acclaimed world premiere in Venice and at festivals in London, Toronto, Qatar and New York, among others.

During her professional years as an actress, she also discovered her passion for teaching acting students. In 2011, she received her first teaching assignment as a guest lecturer at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre, teaching acting in scene studies, including Stanislavski. "Training students in craft for the acting profession is an endless joy for me. I can give them tools along the way, which have already been tested through many real-life situations. Working with students inspires me for my own work and is a constant fresh exchange of creativity." Further activities as a guest lecturer at different acting schools followed. At the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg, she has been a guest lecturer for camera acting since 2020 and is teaching her own master class for script preparation for the first time.



Philip Richert comes from the Lüneburger Heide and studied acting at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg. From 2004 to 2007 he was part of the permanent ensemble of the Landesbühne Hannover and from 2007 to 2010 of the ensemble of the TfN - Theater für Niedersachsen. Since 2010 Philip Richert has been a member of the ensemble at the Theater Lüneburg, where he also appears time and again as a director. In recent years, he has staged "Struwwelpeter," "The Black Rider," "Tschick," "Frühlings Erwachen" and "Die Mitte der Welt," among others. In the coming season, Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will follow, then in co-production with the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg. In addition, for seven years now he has repeatedly slipped into the role of the aging show diva Lulu Mimeuse, has his own Kreisler evening, is co-founder of the independent theater group priapia13 and for several years headed the theater's youth club. For film and television Philip Richert is always in front of the camera, for example for the "Tatort", "Die Küstenwache" or "Rote Rosen". With his bands Philip & You and 19miles he has already released several recordings.



Jens Roth is a trained actor, acting coach and director, with a focus on film. In 1997, he began working as an acting coach. He has given workshops and worked in drama training and further education ever since. He developed his own acting technique, SourceTuning, which now provides many actors with a reliable source of inspiration and a means of authentic acting.



Olivia Rüdinger, a native of Minnesota, received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Dramatics from the University of Minnesota. She studied modern dance and dance pedagogy at the Lola-Rogge School in Hamburg, where, after finishing her training she became a teacher for dance and improvisation, modern dance and dance pedagogy. In the following years she trained in Reichian breathing and bodywork and founded the dance theatre company "Winter auf Mallorca". In 1987, she founded the "Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg" together with Michaela Uhlig and was artistic director until the end of 2019. She now teaches breathing techniques and improvisation there.



Her first engagement was at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. Further milestones were the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Frankfurt, Zurich and the Theater Basel, under the direction of Frank Baumbauer. Together with him she also returned to the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg.
She has worked together with Frank Castorf, Andrea Breth, Christoph Marthaler, Karin Henkel, Frank Patrick Steckel, Matthias Hartmann, Anselm Weber and Elmar Goerden. Annelore Sarbach has created and premiered several plays herself. She has worked as a director in Biel/Solothurn, Hamburg, Basel, Zurich and Ulm. She has taught at the SfSH since 2010.



Anna Schäfer is a theater kid. She was born in Cologne in 1973, went to kindergarten in Berlin and to school in Hamburg. There she also completed her acting training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Teachers were among others: Monica Bleibtreu, Jutta Hoffmann. In addition, she took acting lessons with Susan Batson (Actors Studio N.Y.).

She has worked with various vocal teachers over the years - currently with Walter von Bülow, Hamburg. Acting stations: Schauspiel Bochum, Stadttheater Bern, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and again and again the Hamburg Kammerspiele. Since 2019, she has been touring the German-speaking world with concert direktion Landgraf. She plays the role of Diane Kruger in AUS DEM NICHTS (Inthega Prize 2020) based on the film of the same name by Fatih Akin and the title role in STELLA in a modern version by Amina Gusner.

She first appeared on stage in musical-cabaret programs in 2008. In 2014 - 2019 she performed her solo DER MANN IN MIR - MUSS DER SEIN OR KANN DER WEG? nationwide, which has now been replaced by JETZT - MORGEN WAR GESTERN. She starred in all four seasons of the award-winning sketch comedy KNALLERFRAUEN and in DIE MARTINA HILL SHOW alongside Martina Hill and can also be seen again and again in the new Amazon Prime format HILLarious. She has also worked with directors such as Rainer Kaufmann (TATORT), Dominik Graf (ZIELFAHNDER), Isabel Braak (BONUSFAMILIE), Charlotte Rolfes (SOKO Hamburg) and many others.



Anne Schäfer studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich.

Permanent engagements followed at the Residenztheater in Munich, Theater Basel, Schauspielhaus Hamburg and many others.

Anne Schäfer made her first step into the cinema genre with the leading role in "Cindy liebt mich nicht" (directed by Hannah Schweier). The film premiered at the Berlinale in the section "Perspektive Deutsches Kino". For her portrayal of "Jasmin" in the drama of the same name, Anne Schäfer was nominated for the Förderpreis Deutscher Film as best actress. The film was screened at the Munich Film Festival, as well as the Indo-German Film Festival in Bangalore, and was released in German cinemas in 2012. In 2021, directed by Dominik Graf, she made the feature film "The Beloved Sisters," in which she embodies the German writer Charlotte von Kalb. The film premiered at the 2014 Berlinale and was also the German entry for the Oscars. In 2021 Anne Schäfer filmed the first German and Grimme Award-winning pay-TV series "Add a Friend". From 2013, she was in the main cast of the successful crime series "Soko Köln" on ZDF for three years. She gave up the TV role. to return to theater, but in 2017 was cast for the female lead in the action comedy "Hotdog" alongside Till Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer. Several leading roles on TV followed, including in Weimar's Tatort alongside Nora Tschirner and Christian Ulmen.

In "Hindafing" (2019), the bitterly wicked Bavarian political satire, Anne plays the antagonist of the main character Zischl (Maximilian Brückner) in the second season. Anne Schäfer is in the multi-award-winning series "Die Toten von Marnow" (2020; directed by Andreas Herzog), the continuous role Susanne Elling- alongside Sascha Alexander Gersak. Also in 2020, Anne played the female lead alongside Bjarne Mädel in "Geliefert." The film screened at the 2021 Munich Film Festival.



Cornelia Schirmer studied at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. After completing her studies, Jürgen Flimm asked her to join the Thalia Theater. After working at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin she returned to Hamburg, where she has since worked as a freelance actress at the Thalia Theater and St. Pauli Theater as well as the Kammerspiele, among others.

She now tours throughout Germany with her own stage program together with our graduate, Delio Malär, and is currently developing her second program.



Korbinian Schlosser first studied acting at the SCHULE FÜR SCHAUSPIEL HAMBURG and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main between 2009 and 2014. During his studies he already gained acting experience in theater productions and short films and specialized in working with body, voice and speech. After his time in Frankfurt, he decided to deepen this work and completed his training as a state-certified breathing, speaking and voice teacher in 2019. Today he works as a therapist in speech, language, voice and swallowing therapy and specializes here in professional Vielsprecher:innen. Among other things, he looks after many actors and speakers who have problems with their speech or voice for medical reasons. In addition to his therapeutic activities, Korbinian works as a lecturer for speech and voice training at various teaching institutes in Hamburg. He also works as a media spokesperson himself.

His teaching activities are characterized above all by the combination of anatomically, scientifically and technically sound work with artistic work as a stage performer.



Benno Schöning studied voice at the conservatories in Karlsruhe and Lübeck and graduated with a concert exam. During his studies he already made his first opera and concert appearances. Concerts and recordings for various radio stations including WDR, SWR, BR and ARTE. He has worked for many years as a singing teacher in the fields of acting, musicals and classical music. He also has his own VoiceStudio in Hamburg, where he gives singing lessons and regularly holds courses. He was also the "voice of the Hamburg Marathon" for five years.



Carsten von Stanislawski studied jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg. He is the winner of the John Lennon Talent Award and has been a permanent member of the Hamburg band "die Solisten" since 1999. He has worked with Georgette Dee, Bridget Vogle, Kenny Norris and Franz Wittenenbrink, among others, and teaches singing at the SCHULE FÜR SCHAUSPIEL HAMBURG.



Paula Steuber is a speech scientist, DGSS certified speech educator and educational consultant. She studied at the Martin Luther University Halle / Wittenberg in the Bachelor Speech Science and at the Philipps University Marburg in the Master Speech Science with specialization in speech art, speech education and rhetoric. As a freelance trainer, she works with a wide variety of target groups. In addition to voice and speaking, the focus is on rhetorical topics such as presentation training and conflict management. Paula Steuber volunteers as a reading mentor and is also continuing her education as a social pedagogue while working. Since January 2021, Paula Steuber has been working as a lecturer in voice training at SfSH.



Regina Stötzel studied drama at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar Vienna. Afterwards she was engaged among others at the Burgtheater Wien, at the Thalia-Theater Hamburg and at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. She has worked with P. Zadek, E. Schleef, C. Peymann,J. Kresnik, I. Lausund, J. Bosse and St. Pucher, among others. She has been a faculty member at the SfSH since 2007. She has also taught at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar Vienna, the University of Music and Drama Hamburg, the University of Music, Media and Drama Hanover, the Joop van den Ende Academy and several others.



Gerd Lukas Storzer has been working as a freelance actor for more than 20 years. He completed his drama training at the Schauspielstudio Maria Körber in Berlin. This was followed by engagements at the Volkstheater and Schauspielhaus in Vienna, in Berlin at the Neuköllner Oper, at Theater Affekt, at Theater am Kurfürstendamm and the Schlossparktheater, at the Kreuzgangspielen Feuchtwangen, the Burgfestspielen Jagsthausen, the Hamburger Kammerspielen, the Altonaer Theater and the Wolfgang-Borchert-Theater Münster. He worked with directors including Stefan Bachmann, Lars-Ole Walburg, Christian Stückl, Harald Clemen and Hansgünter Heyme. In 2010, he was nominated for the Golden Curtain as best Berlin actor, in 2016, he received the Kreuzgangpreis for outstanding performance at the Kreuzgangspielen Feuchtwangen. He also works regularly for film and television.

He has taught drama as a freelance teacher since 2007. In 2019, he directed the comedy "Hase Hase" at the Schule für Schauspiel.



Julián Tejeda is a graduate of the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg. Since the age of 11 he performed with the "Theater Jugend Hamburg". After several engagements at the Altonaer Theater, he was a permanent member of the acting ensemble at the Junges Theater Bonn from 2008-2011.

He currently works as a theatre instructor at several schools in Hamburg.



Benjamin Teske is a director and a writer. He studied "Audiovisual Media/Camera" in Berlin, followed by a master's degree in directing at the distinguished Hamburg Media School.

All his films have been well received and have won awards at festivals around the world. His debut, Strawberry Bubblegum, produced by WÜSTE Film Hamburg, celebrated its world premiere as the opening film at the Oldenburg International Film Festival and won the Seymour Cassel Award for the "Outstanding Performance" of its leading actor André M. Hennicke, as well as the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award for David Schütter as best newcomer.

Benjamin Teske is currently working on his next feature film projects.



Born in Herne in 1973, and raised in Xanten on the Lower Rhine, Frauke Thielecke already explored film in theory as part of her American studies in Hamburg.
After a scholarship in Wales, she transferred to the practical field and worked initially as a script/continuity and later as assistant director for various television and cinema productions such as "Jetzt oder nie", "Tatort", "Stromberg" and "Die Wolke". From 2006 to 2008, she studied directing at the Hamburg Media School where she made the short film "Dunkelrot", which was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize and the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Prize and shown in Cannes. Her graduation film, "Abendlied", won the Studio Hamburg Young Talent Award in 2009 and, like Dunkelrot, was internationally successful at festivals. After completing her studies she directed feature films (Katie Fforde, Stubbe: „Von Fall zu Fall“) and television series („Rentnercops“, „Küstenwache“, „In aller Freundschaft“) and directed productions at the Hamburger Kammerspiele.



After earning his diploma at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, he performed in various theatres (Kaiserslautern, Pforzheim, Klagenfurt, Berlin). He then continued his training in Berlin and New York with Ned Manderino (Method Basics), William Esper (Meisner Technique) and over many years with Susan Batson (Method). First television appearances (Tatort, Derrick, Der Alte, Liebling Kreuzberg etc.), as well as film and television work in Scotland, Australia, France followed.

First teaching position at the Schauspiel München, repeatedly interspersed with film, television and theatre work. Continuous roles in the main cast of television series. He stopped teaching for 15 years, but then resumed in 2009 at the Stage School Hamburg, and since 2016 at the SfSH.



Imke Trommler studied acting at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen. At the end of her training she was awarded the Max Reinhardt Prize. Guest engagements have taken her to the Theater Oberhausen, Hamburger Kammerspiele and Ernst Deutsch Theater, among others. She has also been in charge of theatre projects with young people for many years, e.g. for TUSCH and at the Ernst Deutsch Theater (Innovation Award 2011).



After her dance training at the Lola Rogge School, Michaela Uhlig first worked as a dancer and organiser at her own dance theatre company, Winter auf Mallorca. Together with Olivia Rüdinger she founded the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg in 1987, which she headed as managing director until the end of 2019. She will continue to work with SfSH in the future with her new company, Schauspiel Event, which she founded in 2020 together with Heidrun Fiedler. As a faculty member, she teaches the self-management courses and prepares future graduates for the real job market and working conditions.



Clara Vélez, born in Colombia, completed her training in 2001 at the Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg. Ever since she works as an actress, singer and educationist.

Since February 2020 she teaches the SfSH youth course.



Samuel Weiss was born in 1967, in Männedorf near Zurich, and trained at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna. During his studies, he performed as a guest at the Burgtheater Vienna and at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. After an engagement at the Landestheater Tübingen, he joined the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1993. In Stuttgart he appeared in numerous productions by Martin Kušej, Wilfried Minks and Marc von Henning, among others. During this time he also created his first own productions, "Messer in Hennen" by David Harrower and the world premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig's "Die arabische Nacht".

In the summer of 2000, he starred in Martin Kušej's "Hamlet" production at the Salzburg Festival. In 2001, he joined the ensemble of the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus, where he worked with Sebastian Nübling, Ivo van Hove, Martin Kušej, Kevin Rittberger, Stephan Kimmig and Markus Heinzelmann, and others. He also continued his work as a director here. Samuel Weiss is also a regular guest in film and television productions and an award-winning radio play speaker. He has been a member of the ensemble of the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg since 2001.



Born in 1986 in Bergisch Gladbach, completed his acting training at the SfSH. Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance actor and lecturer. Among others, he has performed in productions at the St. Pauli Theater, Ernst Deutsch Theater, Theater für Niedersachsen, Ohnsorg Theater, Thalia Theater in Gaußstraße, Kampnagel, Schauspielhaus Wien and Staatstheater Mainz. He also worked as an online journalist for Der Spiegel and worked for many years in violence prevention with children. In 2020 he is co-founder of Hallimasch Komplex, a theater collective. He works with children, young people as well as adults.


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