Stütz, Martina

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studied musicology and cultural studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Dublin City University. She is a freelance drama author, author, project manager and consultant for theatre ensembles and artists. Her work in and around the field of contemporary music theatre and cross-disciplinary projects focuses on contexts of independent productions of world premieres, devised theatre, and festivals as well as in productions for state and municipal theatres in Germany and abroad. 

Since 2008 she has been part of projects for instance at State Theatre in Darmstadt, Junge Oper Stuttgart, State Theatre in Oldenburg, National Theatre in Mannheim, Bockenheimer Depot Frankfurt, Kultur Büro Elisabeth Berlin as well as for the Bavarian State Opera, Munich Biennale for New Music Theatre, SESC São Paulo, and Netzzeit Wien. An ongoing part of her project work as a drama author is her commitment to cultural education. 

From 2013 to 2018 Martina Stütz was engaged as a drama writer at the German National Theatre in Weimar, where she initiated and accompanied several site-specific project series and music theatre productions for the Kunstfest Weimar, including the world premiere of Funkhaus Weimar – Nietzsche Calling. A musical expedition in search of the “New Man” (2018) and the German premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s The Triumph of Death (2015), which was awarded the Götz-Friedrich-Studiopreis in 2016. She also initiated various special events such as Is everything well again? – 70 years after the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. A night at the German National Theatre (2014) in cooperation with the Buchenwald Memorial. 

Martina Stütz is a founding member of the association ZMB – Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin e.V., on whose board she served from 2015 to 2019. In 2018 and 2019 she was involved in the conception and realisation of the two editions of the festival BAM! Berlin Festival for Contemporary Music Theatre. In 2018/19 she carried out an interview-based research project for the International Theatre Institute/Germany as a contribution to the publication The Free Music Theatre in Europe – Four case studies from Berlin, London, the Netherlands and German-speaking Switzerland (published in 2020, transcript Verlag). 

From 2009 to 2011 Martina Stütz held a scholarship of the Akademie Musiktheater heute (AMH). In 2014 she was a jury member of two calls for projects for New Music Theatre of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in cooperation with the Festspielhaus and Theatre Baden-Baden and the AMH.