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Alexandra Althoff: The Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna has a new leader

Alexandra Althoff: The Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna has a new leader

Alexandra Althoff takes over the new leadership of the Max Reinhardt Seminar. She served as Deputy Artistic Director of the Burgtheater until 2022, and is currently President of the Nestroy Jury. Maria Abel resigned from her position after students made allegations in an open letter.

Vienna/Benzing. the Max Reinhardt Seminar Has new management: Alexandra AltuveHe held the position of Deputy Artistic Director of the Burg Theater until 2022, and assumes the presidency. One case has caused difficult times at the famous Drama School, an institute affiliated with the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Vienna (mdw).

The case revolved around abuse of power, failure to address MeToo allegations, and teaching outside protected spaces. The manager at the time Maria Hubble He resigned in June 2023 due to mounting pressure:

President Maria Abel resigns after allegations

One of the responsible university president Ulrike Sisch The panel of experts tasked with clarifying the matter has now largely vindicated Hubble from the university's point of view. The actress took over the organization on an interim basis after Hubble's departure Tamara Metelka Orientation.

Hubble withdrawal in June

With Althoff, the institute, which had produced many actors who would later become famous such as Christoph Waltz, Sinta Berger, O.A.W., would be restored. Fisher, and Peter Alexander, to calmer waters.

“I am happy to be able to contribute my experience as a theater director and theater maker to the running of the Max Reinhardt Seminar and I would like to thank you for the wide support at the institute,” Althoff was quoted as saying: “Through close cooperation with students, teachers and staff, I would like to ensure the high quality of training at the Max Reinhardt Seminar And exploiting the technical capabilities of this famous institution.”

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At Burgtheater and at Nestroy Jury

After studying in Giessen, Leipzig and Amsterdam, the German-born artist worked as a stage actor at the Schauspiel Köln, the Schauspielhaus Bochum, and the Schauspiel Frankfurt, but was also involved with the Salzburg Festival, the Residenztheater Munich, and the Berliner Ensemble.

With Althoff, the famous drama institute at the Cumberland Palace on Penzinger Straße will be returned to calmer waters.  |  Image: Google Maps screenshot

From 2019 to 2022 she was Deputy Artistic Director at the Burgtheater under the direction of director Martin Koschig. She has been a judge for the Nestroy Prize since the 2022/23 season. She served as a lecturer at the Reinhardt Symposium from 2013 to 2018 and was named first artist last year.

In her new role as director, Althoff has a deputy, director Steven Jagger, at her side. From 2012 to 2021, Jagger served as a Reinhardt Seminar Lecturer on the Fundamentals of Role Design and took up a professorship in Teamwork/Role Design here in 2023.

Other topics:

Relief for former Reinhardt boss Maria Happel

Maria Hubble wants to remain chair of the Max Reinhardt Seminar

Students demand the resignation of the institute's president

A report makes serious allegations against university teachers in Vienna