by Jeffrey Hatcher
Hans-Peter was born in Vienna and studied Theatre and German at the University of Vienna and Film at the University of Copenhagen. Since 1982 he has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and circus. He started work in the theatre as Assistant Director and Stage Manager in Vienna and Berlin for, amongst others, the former RSC – director Terry Hands.
Since 1992 Hans-Peter has directed plays at several venues in Austria and Germany. His productions include the German premières of Steven Berkoff’s Kvetch (Theater Drachengasse) Eduardo Manet’s Monsieur Lovestar (Volkstheater) and Svend Aage Madsen’s Diesseits von Eden (Künstlerhaus), the Austrian premières of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (Theater Drachengasse / Volkstheater) and Igor Bauersima’s Context (Ensembletheater) as well as Jokum Rohde’s Das wirkliche Leben (Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf).
Between 1995 and 2000 Hans-Peter was based in London, where he directed the British premières of Helmut Krausser’s Leatherface at the Gate Theatre, Sergi Belbel’s Fourplay at the Lyric Hammersmith, Eduardo Manet’s Monsieur Lovestar at the White Bear Theatre and Erwin Riess’ Hawking’s Dream at Teatro Technis.
Since 2000 he has lived in Copenhagen, where he directed Mark Ravenhill’s Some Explicit Polaroids at the Café Teater and the first ever site specific production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, with Jens Albinus in the title role.
Hans-Peter Kellner has translated around twenty plays into German, many of them by contemporary playwrights. He was also asked to write a new version of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf which premiered under his own direction at the Kellertheater, Innsbruck.
His most recent productions were the Austrian premières of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Oscar und die Dame in Rosa and Fausto Paravidino’s Stillleben in einem Graben in Vienna and Peter Dehler’s Die Olsen Bande dreht durch at the Theater Vorpommern in Germany.