Stefanie Wördemann


Stefanie Wördemann, born near Hamburg in 1974, studied music and German at the HU Berlin and was a founding member of the academy Musiktheater heute –Berlin-Salzburg and of the laboratory for musical theatre. After working as a direction assistant for, Peter Konwithschny, amongst others, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she became theatre dramatist at the Osnabrück Theatre in 2001 and was editor and dramatist for the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra from 2002 until 2006. At the same time she worked as a freelance author, dramatist and producer for Hebbel theatre, MaerzMusik and musica viva.

Since 2005 she has been working as a librettist and stage director. Together with Helmut Oehring, she staged the music theatre productions QUIXOTE oder Die Porzellanlanze (which premiered in 2008 at the European Centre for the Arts, Dresden Hellereau, musica viva Munich), Mahagonny Songspiel/DIE WUNDE Heine (premiering in 2010 by Ensemble Modern at the Opera Frankfurt a.M./ Kurt-Weill-Fest Dessau/ Ruhrtriennale Cologne) and Orfeo 14 (vol. 1) (which premiered in 2014 at Le Concert d’Astrée/Ictus Ensemble/ Opéra de Lille).  She has recently worked on the concept and libretto for the musical AGOTA? Die Analphabetin (Gestern/ Irgendwo), on the life and work of writer Ágota Kristóf (which premiered in May 2016 at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden), as well as Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf, about the eponymous novella by Gaito Gasdanow, and Orfeo 16 (vol. 2), about Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which focuses on the current refugee crisis and is performed with the help of asylum-seeking musicians and artists from the Middle East.