Leander Haußmann, born June 26, 1959, in Quedlinburg as the son of the actor Ezard Haußmann, at first worked as a printer before he started actor’s training at Hochschule Ernst Busch in East Berlin in 1982. Despite successful performances at several theatres, Haußmann became a theatre director in 1990 – and was promptly named “Best new director” by “Theater heute” in 1991. At that time, Haußmann directed plays for Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Nationaltheater Weimar, and Salzburg Festival. In 1993, his productions of “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen. Until 1995, Haußmann worked at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and subsequenty became the (quite controversial) director of Schauspielhaus Bochum for five years.
In 1997, Haußmann caused a scandal with his maverick interpretation of “Die Fledermaus” at Munich’s Staatsoper. On the other hand, he succeeded with his productions of Ulrich Plenzdorf’s “Die Legende von Paul und Paula”… read more