The festival is created in a large team. On this page you will be introduced to the curators of our program. Please take a look at our wonderful partners, too. You may scroll through our beautiful program magazine. If you want to have a look at our past – you can find our retrospective of previous festivals here.
Irina Bârcă is a dramaturge at FFT Düsseldorf for children and youth projects. Born and raised in Sibiu, Romania, she studied Acting in Bucharest and Theatre Pedagogy at the University of Osnabrück. From 2014-2017 she worked as a theatre pedagogue at the Theater an der Parkaue Berlin. She develops, produces and curates theatre projects with and for children and young people. At the FFT she works on, amongst other things, cooperations and encounters between theatre, school and artists and the Theatre of Digital Natives.
Bassam Ghazi commutes in between cultures and perspectives and trades with history and stories: biographical, post-migrational, diverse, inclusive and disintegrated. He is a theatre pedagogue, a director and the artistic director of the Import Export Collective at the Schauspiel Cologne. As a freelance coach he offers training on diversity, intersectionality, discrimination and racism for educational and cultural institutions.
Annalena Küspert was born in Switzerland and grew up on Lake Constance. She had little objection to her first encounter with theatre. Due to a lack of childcare, her mother, a German teacher, seated Küspert in the last row at the rehearsals of the drama club at school where she watched Shakespeare, Dürrenmatt, Labiche, Kästner, Horvarth – all in Swabian dialect. Brainwashed, she didn’t really have a choice. After her studies she worked as a dramaturge and in 2017 she also started writing.
Grete Pagan, *1983, married, 3 children. Studied Directing in Hamburg. Since 2010 director for youth theatre: at JES, Schauburg Munich, Young National Theatre Mannheim, junge WLB Esslingen and just Mainz, among others. Since 2010 translator for theatre texts English-German. Since 2014 production manager at the international theatre festival Schöne Aussicht at JES. 2018 training in “Theatre and Music Management” (LMU Munich). Since 2019 curator for the State Association of Art Schools in Baden-Württemberg.
Patrick Wildermann, born 1974, is a freelance arts and culture journalist and theatre critic in Berlin. He writes for the Tagesspiegel, Theater der Zeit, the Goethe-Institut and Galore Magazine. He's regularly appointed to juries, e.g. for the Berlin Senate for Culture or for the children’s plays at the Mülheimer Theatertage. He is married and has three children.