Falk Richter is one of the most significant German playwrights and directors of his generation. His plays are translated into more than 35 languages and are produced all over the world. Apart from writing and directing his own plays, Richter has directed Shakespeare, Chekhov, Schiller, Brecht, and a number of contemporary writers such as Caryl Churchill, Harold Pinter, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Jon Fosse, Mark Ravenhill, Lars Noren, Roland Schimmelpfennig, and operas by Tschaikowsky, Strauss and Weber, as well as by Hans Werner Henze, Jörg Widmann and Jörn Arnecke.
Richter is internationally renowned for his interdisciplinary work and distinct way of engaging with pressing social and political issues through performing arts. Questions of gender, heritage and belonging, as well as the politics of identity and resistance, play an important role in his work, which is always research-based/oriented. Collaborating with actors, musicians, dancers, and video artists in processes, which may both take their point of departure in plays written by Richter as well as texts devised jointly during the rehearsal process, the work of Richter is rooted in a distinct intersectional approach to performing arts. Richter works internationally (Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Australia, North-America and beyond) and often with international casts.
"I see myself as an artist that has a strong commitment to political and social discourse, who always seeks the dialogue with other artists and other art forms and constantly reaches out to progressive political, ecological and social individual thinkers, influencers, and movements," Professor Richter says. "My goal is to pass this artistic concept on to a generation of young theatre makers."
Richter’s workshops at The Danish National School of Performing Arts will include international guest teachers, excursions and international theatre work (e.g., in Berlin and Hamburg) and it is an integral part of his role as professor at The Danish National School of Performing Arts to develop the international profile of the new MFA. In 2019, Professor Richter's classes, lectures, and workshops with the Master-students will be held in Copenhagen, New York, Hamburg, and Berlin.