New Art on Air – Episode 4 feat. Gerhild Steinbuch

The Austrian author and dramaturge heads the Institute for Language Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and is co-founder of the Freundliche Mitte and Nazis & Goldmund / Hydra collective. She talks to brut's artistic director Kira Kirsch about writing for the stage, the challenge of running a university institute, working in a collective and Austrian trash tv.



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Gerhild Steinbuch, born 1983 in Mödling (Austria), studied scenic writing in Graz and dramaturgy at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch, Berlin. In 2003 she was awarded the Retzhofer Literature Prize and in the same year won the play competition of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin with kopftot. She participated in the Summer School of the Royal Court Theatre, London, as well as in the Workshop Days of the Vienna Burgtheater and was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. In 2007/2008 Gerhild Steinbuch was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. In the 2008/2009 season she was the in-house author of the Schauspielhaus Wien and a fellow of the Autorenwerkstatt Prosa at the Literary Colloquium Berlin. In 2014/2015 she took part in the author studio of Schauspiel Frankfurt. In 2016 Steinbuch was awarded the Hannsmann-Poethen Literaturstipendium of the state capital Stuttgart. Gerhild Steinbuch is a professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She writes texts for spoken and musical theatre, essays, radio plays and prose and also works as a freelance dramaturge and translator from English. She is also a founding member of Nazis & Goldmund/Hydra, an internal alliance of authors against European rights, and of the collective Freundliche Mitte, which was founded in 2011 by stage designer Philine Rinnert, actor Sebastian Straub and Gerhild Steinbuch and has recently been joined by new members Christoph Bernewitz (composition), Mechthild Weber (architecture) and Simon Dietersdorfer (acting / composition). Freundliche Mitte deliberately works without a director. Recent performances include: Am Schönsten ist das was bereits verschwunden ist (steirischer herbst, Graz, 2011), Previously On (Garage X, Wien, 2014), Finsternis (brut Wien, 2016).

Works of Freundliche Mitte at brut


06.06.2021 - 30.06.2021

Freundliche Mitte

Sportplatz Europa. Order your board game now!

Europe, a Sports Field

Interactive game
World premiere
in German

08.10.2019 - 13.10.2019

Freundliche Mitte


Performance / Theatre / Installation
World Premiere
in German Duration: 75 min

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brut all over Vienna

brut nordwest

Wiener Festwochen

Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Wien
Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße), Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)

August - October 2021
toxic dreams
The Art of Asking your Boss for a Raise
September 2021
Koleka Putuma
Hullo, Bu-bye, Koko, Come In
September 2021
Kate McIntosh, Toisissa Tiloissa / Other Spaces
Audience guidance, agency & bewilderment
September 2021
Stine Janvin / Ula Sickle / Persis Bekkering
The University of Rave: What can we learn from the party?
September 2021
Michikazu Matsune
Between my name and me
September 2021
Laia Fabre, Thomas Kasebacher / notfoundyet
September 2021
Thomas Hirschhorn
Warum der unvorhersehbare Raum die Zukunft ist
September 2021
Philine Rinnert / Bernhard Fleischmann
September 2021
Regenorchester XVI
Regenorchester XVI
September 2021
Silvia Bottiroli
An expirience that belongs to nobody
September 2021
Maria Muhar / Sara Ostertag
...Insgesamt wirkte das alles abgegriffen, zahnlos, man möchte sagen: innovativ..
September 2021
Mi You
Cosmotechnics for the Future
September 2021
Women who kill and other categories
September 2021
Philippe Parreno
Im Gespräch
September 2021
Curd Duca
Der Klang des Festes
December 2021
4 A.M.

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September 2021
With Didier Eribon and Chantal Mouffe. Hosted by Florian Malzacher
Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly VII. as part of Wiener Festwochen

studio brut, Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Vienna

not accessible

Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
U-Bahn: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)