Tom Kempinski
15 Sept – 18 Okt 2008

Hans-Peter Kellner

Born 1963 in Vienna, Hans-Peter studied Drama and Scandinavian languages at the University of Vienna, and Film at the University of Copenhagen.

Since 1982 he has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and circus. Starting out as Assistant Director, Dramaturge and Stage Manager in Vienna, he continued as Assistant to former Royal Shakespeare Company director, Terry Hands, in Berlin.

Since 1992 Hans-Peter has directed around 30 plays, most of them in Austria and Germany. His productions include the World premiere of Helder Costa’s Der Prinz von Spandau, the German premieres of Steven Berkoff’s Kvetch, Arthur Kopit’s Hardcrash, Eduardo Manet’s Monsieur Lovestar and Svend Aage Madsen’s Diesseits von Eden, the Austrian premires of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and Igor Bauersima’s Context as well as Fausto Paravidino’s Stillleben in einem Graben.

Between 1995 and 2000 Hans-Peter was based in London, where he worked with Tom Stoppard, David Farr and Michael Kingsbury. He directed the British premires 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.

In 2000 Hans-Peter moved to Copenhagen, where he directed, amongst others, the first ever site specific production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore.

He has translated around twenty plays into German, many of them by contemporary Scandinavian playwrights, and he regularly adapts classic plays for the modern stage.

His most recent productions were the European premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s A Picasso at Vienna’s English Theatre, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt`s Kleine Eheverbrechen at the Ensembletheater, the Austrian premiere of Sergi Belbel’s Mobil at Theater Drachengasse and the World premiere of Anna Hauer’s Die Bernhardinerinnen in Innsbruck.