Experts

Experts

Our experts come from various areas of specialization and offer both individual advisement sessions as well as brief presentations and in-depth workshops on topics relevant to artistic production. All of the experts bring many years of working experience and expertise from their respective area with them. Along individual points of focus, advisement sessions in different languages can also be offered so that a suitable advisement framework can be found for the respective question and work situation. An overview of all of our advisement topics can be found here.

Appointments are always made via the Information Center; a registration is required in order to be able to do so. Individual advisement sessions generally last for 2 hours. We also ask you to please bear in mind that our experts are not obligated to read materials in advance or make special preparations for the session.

In addition, we are always happy to accept applications from those wishing to work with us as experts. You can find the call for applications here.

Nora Amin is an author, performer, choreographer, theater director and scholar/researcher/instructor. She is a grant recipient of the Center for Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro, the founder and artistic director of the independent theater group Lamusica and the national Egyptian project for Theater of the Oppressed and its Arabic network, a grant recipients from the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne, the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures at the FU, the Valeska-Gert guest professor for dance studies and a former mentor for the Flausen+bundesnetzwerk. She is a board member of the German center of the International Theater Institute and a member of the academic advisory board of the Barba Varley Foundation. She is a graduate of the cultural management course of studies at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a former guest instructor at the Institute for Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim.

Advisement Topics
The advisement sessions are intended for professional groups, collectives, project groups, organizations, individual artists working at all levels of their career, including both beginners and professionals. The focus is placed on the interweaving of topics concerning cultural management (strategic planning, institutional growth, career development and project design) with a perspective of empowerment and creative transformation of the artistic identity and of crisis management.

Advisement Languages
English, Arabic, French

Melmun Bajarchuu works at the intersections of art, theory and politics as a thinker and discourse partner and takes on a variety of roles within collaborative artistic processes, such as critical companion, curator and production manager. She is driven by a desire for a variety of artistic forms of expression as well as to question existing structures and their accompanying power relationships and mechanisms for exclusion. She has a special interest in the interweaving of theories and practices within the context of poststructuralist, post- and decolonial as well as queer feminist questions. She is engaged in the Initiative für Solidarität am Theater (Initiative for Solidarity in Theater) and the produktionsbande for intersection perspectives and fairer working conditions in the performing arts.

Advisement Topics
The advisement sessions are primarily oriented toward members of the independent arts community who have experienced racist discrimination in their working context (People of Color, Black people, Muslims, Roma and Sinti, Jewish people, people with migration backgrounds, experiences of being displaced and/or others). Advice is given from an intersectional perspective when the person(s) seeking advice have been discriminated against, also multiple times, due to their religion, language, gender, as a trans*, inter* or queer person, due to disability, class or age. The advisement sessions are treated confidentially and aim toward developing options for action as well as finding opportunities for networking. Advice can also be provided if there is the desire or wish to sensitize yourself to the topics of power relationships, working conditions and privileges.

Advisement Languages
German, English, French, Finnish, Mongolian

At the moment this biography is only available in German. The English version will follow soon.
For any questions, please contact: beratung [at] pap-berlin.de

Christin Endter studied literary studies, art history and psychology in Jena, Berlin and Sevilla. She works as an independent dramaturg, curator, author and coach and holds a part-time position at Stadtmuseum Berlin. Christin has more than ten years of experience of working in the independent performing arts community with groups such as Turbo Pascal, Machina eX and Rimini Protokoll as well as working for festivals such as Nordwind, Foreign Affairs, the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Berlin Performing Arts Festivals and the Copenhagen Art Week. She was the co-founder and artistic director of B_Tour, a platform for interdisciplinary tours for which she presented projects and festivals in public space in collaboration with over 100 artists in a variety of cities in Europe. Christin has two children and lives in Berlin. She shared impulses, motivations and practical knowledge for a creative and aware lifestyle, self-recognition and mental strength in her articles and newsletters via the website: https://innercosmos.de/

Advisement Topics
The advisement topics are intended for everyone who would like to further develop themselves professionally and personally and who would like to achieve more clarity and focus both for their artistic practice as well as for their everyday living and working circumstances. As artists, creative people and freelancers, we are our own capital - you secure your foundations for working by nurturing your creativity and taking good care of yourself. “Creativity and capital”: how you can strengthen your own recourses with self-awareness, self-care, clarity, time management tools as well as financial education and still have energy and a good feeling at the end of the day. The advisement sessions covered tried and tested methods and tips for creative impulses and focus-oriented work, especially tailored for the challenges that a life with children, parallel projects, changing teams and alternating income can bring along.

Advisement Languages
German, English

Max Gadow is an independent artist and theater maker in Berlin. After studying theater directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, he studied in the Master’s course of DAS Theatre in Amsterdam. He was a founding member of the independent theater group virtuellestheater and now leads the art project vT corp. In this and other work, he focuses on the investigation of western myths and power structures and derives performative processes from them. Pop culture, new media and technology are hybridized in this work with canonized cultural assets. In doing so, the hollowing out of culture through the capitalist logic of value creation and increasing profit are a recurrent topic. In addition, Max Gadow is a systemic mediator and uses his knowledge in the areas of emotions, needs and conflicts for his artistic practice and as a mediator and conflict advisor. www.maxgadow.de

Advisement Topics
Taking into account the methodology of mediation, I offer individual advisement sessions for theater makers who want to further educate themselves in the field of communication in groups. Questions about communication can come up again and again, particularly during creative collaboration. How can these be dealt with? How can you name your own feelings and needs and make them clear to the others you are working with? A variety of methods and exercises can help to achieve better understanding during working processes.

Advisement Languages
German, English

Marie Golüke studied theater studies at LMU Munich and performance studies at the University of Hamburg. She has worked as an independent performer and production manager since 2010 with, amongst others, Isabelle Schad, Felix Ruckert,NoLimits Festival, Nazis&Goldmund and many others. She has developed her performance series, EROTISM-SHAME-INSTINCT since 2016, which has toured to Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. She has worked as an instructor for performance art and cultural management at Interkulturell Aktiv since 2017. She has curated and managed the Festival Für Freunde – Danhsdorfer.Kunst.Festival in Brandenburg since 2013. www.mariegolueke.de

Advisement Topics
The advisement sessions cover the foundations of project management, cultural management and event management. This includes event organization, information regarding approvals and safety concepts as well as communication with the authorities. An additional topic is rural space: more and more Berlin-based artists are taking their projects out to Brandenburg and/or establishing cooperations with rural areas. The synergies that can result from this are often very exciting and fruitful for both sides, but they can also led to misunderstandings and frustration on both sides. As someone born and raised in Brandenburg with over 10 years of experience in working in Berlin and other cities, I accompany Berlin-based artists as a production manager during their projects in and with the rural areas. What do I have to bear in mind when I expand my work to rural areas? What are the people like there? How does working with the officials and offices function and how does the communication work? What is important and what might be better to leave off? I want to provide insight for artists who want to expand their artistic work into Brandenburg without losing sight of Berlin.

Advisement Languages
German

Janne Harnischfeger is a certified psychologist and, alongside clinical psychology, has specialized herself in psychology in the workplace. Over the course of her education as a psychotherapist, she conducted psychoanalytical and deep-psychology based treatments. In addition, she also provided consultations regarding mental health in the workplace. She was active in the field of group processes in the teaching, further education and in her therapeutic work. A passion for the performing arts led her to initiate a performance program at Fusion Festival and the theater festival at.tension which she has presented each year there ever since and has built upon.

Advisement Topics

Her advisement sessions cover two themes: The first is: setting goals, achieving clarity and making decisions more easily; how do I achieve clarity and confidence in my actions in challenging life situations? We will uncover individual resources and develop strategies for using them. A network analysis will provide an overview of the personal and professional contacts. We will create visions and develop specific steps for implementation. A number of different inner voices make themselves heard with every decision. We will visualize these and explore them as the “inner team” to help achieve clarity over the course of the decision making process. The second point of focus is placed upon the specification of ideas: we will bring half-baked ideas or ideas that have long-since matured to realization. The contents will appear in a new light with the help of a specific analytical method. This will allow the “actual” that should be expressed artistically to be specified.

Advisement Language
German, English

Eva Hartmann is a relational dynamics 1st coach, dramaturg, manager and producer based in Berlin. She holds a Master’s in theater studies and completed her thesis on Joseph Beuys and his actions. She has worked at, amongst others the Ruhr International Theater Academy in Bochum, the performance festival reich & berühmt, she has collaborated with various artists, has provided management, production management and dramaturgy for the German/English artist collective Gob Squad since 2002, was a member of the board of LAFT Berlin from 2009-2010 and has lectured and conducted workshops at various universities and cultural organizations. She has also worked as a mentor for young artists and producers and a facilitator of group processes in various contexts. She is increasingly interested in how we live together, work and communicate with ourselves and others and the fact that the way in which we do this embodies our value system and can be a motor of change. https://evahartmanncoaching.wordpress.com/

Advisement Topics
The advisement sessions can be used to address a variety of questions by independent artists and culture makers as well as artistic teams and institutions: raising awareness of one’s own identity, culture/value system, goals and/or the desired professional change. Raising awareness of one’s own strengths: who am I, what do I have to offer? Proactive development of strategies for achieving these desires and goals. Developing resilience and self-confidence against shame, comparisons or the feeling of being at the mercy of one’s professional circumstances. Self-reflection, self-care and taking responsibility for oneself. Recognizing blocks and challenges and then overcoming them. Recognizing and communicating one’s own limits. Creating a working culture and communication of togetherness and of mutual understanding instead of against each other or above or below one another. Finding additional and new paths for creative collaboration. The advisement sessions provide a safe, supportive and challenging framework for this. She takes the respective personal or team concern as her point of departure and tries to concentrate more on the future opportunities than on the missed chances in the past.

Advisement Languages
German, English

Franz.iska Henschel was born in East Berlin in 1976 and studied acting, directing and solution-oriented mediation. As an independent director, she develops and directs pieces for children and adults working at the intersection of theater, performance and dance, she teaches as an instructor at a variety of art schools and researches, amongst other topics, acting as a choreographic practice, art and conflict and much more and develops aleatoric inspirational tools for artistic self-empowerment. Greatly valuing changes in perspective, Franz.iska Henschel also accompanies artistic processes and productions of others as a dramaturg, coaches and advises individuals and small collectives or team in their individual questions and has worked as a professor for interdisciplinary artistic practice and theory at the MSH since 2021 and lives with her family in Hamburg. www.textundtanz.de

Advisement Topics
The solution-focused advisement sessions are oriented toward newcomers and established professionals working in all disciplines, toward individual artists and small teams that are finding their orientation or a new direction and/or for everyone who can use resource-oriented, encouraging support in finding their place personally and artistically and/or solution-focused support for specific questions, communication that is becoming more difficult and collaboration - both in internal es well as external teams.

Advisement Languages
German

Ana Hupe (born 1983, Rio de Janeiro, lives in Berlin) is an artist and researcher. After spending a year doing research at the UdK Berlin in the class of Hito Steyerl, she received her doctorate in fine arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2016). Hupe is dedicated to rescuing erased stories of resistance, which she rewrites in several narrative installations, thus creating a counter-memory to the colonial archive. Hupe is currently researching art relations in Yoruba culture in Nigeria, Cuba and Brazil for the exhibition "Footnotes to triangular Cartographies", which will be shown in Brazil, at RAI, Lagos, Nigeria and at Galerie Bernau in Berlin. Hupe was part of several collective exhibitions in spaces such as Savvy Contemporary, Berlin; M_Bassy, Hamburg; Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin; and in residencies such as Vila Sul, Goethe Institut Salvador, Artist x Artist, Cuba; Kunstkvarteret Lofoten, in Norway, among others. www.anahupe.com

Advisement Languages
English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Jana Korb is an artist (guest of Freie Klasse, Berlin University of the Arts), aerial artist and cultural scholar (FU/HU Berlin) and creates aerial theater and narrative circus. She is on the search for circus as an artistic medium, for the circus of the future. She has choreographed and performed in and for productions by Christoph Schlingensief, John Bock, Taylor Mac, Jill Greenhalgh, Kordula Lobeck de Fabris, Fura dels Baus and bankleer, amongst others. She performed for Vaclav Havel at Documenta, Ostrale, Odin Teatret and other venues and festivals. She is the artistic director of LuftFest Berlin, a co-founder of the RAW-Geländes (Berlin), an active member of the Magdalena Project (Network of Women in Contemporary Theater) and a member of the board of Bundesverband Theater im Offentlichen Raum, the German Federal Association of Theater in Public Space. She lives in Berlin-Lichtenberg, where she also produces work as part of the collective korb+stiefel. https://luftartistin.de

Advisement Topics
Her advisement topics are contemporary circus, street theater and aerial artistry: her points of focus here are production processes, an overview of funding opportunities as well as information concerning touring, safety and rigging. Jana Korb’s advisement sessions are primarily intended for artists and producers who want to stage aerial art and acrobatics.

Advisement Languages
German, English, Czech as well Russian (after preparation)

Inky has presented performances, music, and texts in Berlin, NYC, and Seoul. They are an artistic director for the performance "Floating Roots", which will premiere in Tanzfabrik Berlin in Nov 2022. The work focuses on the stories of 1,5 generation immigrants living in Germany. Inky was the artistic director for the experimental writing platform, "Right Now", which focused on the perspectives of the marginalised individuals in the independent performance scene in Berlin. They currently work as a mentor for dance writers (Tanzbüro Berlin). Their most recent music album, "one of many", was presented as a part of "Sound of Berlin #10" by LOLA Magazine. The album sings about the life of an illegal immigrant worker and a mother. www.inkyunglee.me

Advisement Topics
German Bureaucracy: Practical help in manoeuvring through the German bureaucracy, especially for the ones who are not familiar with the German language and the system. Examples of possible themes: Freelance visa, KSK, seeking medical help, and looking for funding opportunities. Funding application: Broad help from looking for funding, going through funding guidelines (especially for non-German speakers), to offering feedback on project ideas, as well as on funding applications. General Counselling: Open in theme. Each counselee can suggest the topic they would like to discuss with me. If the topic is something I cannot help with, I will let them know. Examples of possible topics: are racism, loneliness, culture shock, financial uncertainty as a freelance artist, and queerness.

Advisement Languages
English, Korean, German

Ilona Schaal has been the director of programming of Schaubühne Lindenfels, an independent interdisciplinary producing and festival venue in Leipzig since the beginning of 2017. Within the scope of this, for example, she takes on the production management for the in-house productions (e.g. in cooperation with Oper Leipzig, Naturkundemuseum, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum, amgonst others) and for the coproductions and guest performances i the fields of theater, dance and music. Before this, she was responsible for the international cooperation projects of the fringe ensemble in Bonn, amongst other jobs. She studied theater studies (Bachelor’s degree) in Leipzig and theater and orchestra management (Master’s degree) at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

Advisement Topics
I provide advisement sessions on the topics of making funding applications, (creating) budgets and accounting. I am also happy to provide an overview of the funding situation in Germany. In addition, I am happy to speak about the professional of production management and the tasks associated with it. My advisement sessions are more orientated for newcomers and/or career changers.

Advisement Languages
German, English

Therese Schmidt was born in Potsdam in 1979, works as a music theater director and author in Berlin and realizes a variety of projects at the crossroads of music theater, new music and performance using collaborative working methods. She has developed musical performances and music theater formats with the composer Wolfgang Heiniger under the label mehrblick&ton. She writes libretti and plays and collaborates with artists and theater collectives working in the independent performing arts community. Alongside productions at ensemble and repertory theaters, she has taught dramatic writing at institutions of higher education in Dresden and Berlin and is currently offering workshops and seminars on working independently. In addition, she worked in the Performing Arts Program of LAFT Berlin until 2019. http://thereseschmidt.de

Advisement Topics
Point of focus 1: Support for professional development and advisement on strategy. Elaboration of the individual artistic profile, accompaniment of transformation processes, refinement of ideas and projects. Point of focus 2: Submitting funding applications / concepts: How-to Application Text (the bundling of ideas, specification of goals, formulations, structure, …) Point of focus 3: Funding: measures and strategy planning for the successful realization of (music theater) projects. My advisement sessions are intended both for newcomers (advisement for newcomers, regular’s table for newcomers) as well as experienced members of the community who would like to receive feedback about their projects / concepts and applications.

Advisement Languages
German, English

Francesca Spisto was born in Florence and completed her studies in psychology as a certified clinical psychologist at the University of Florence in 2002. She worked with independent theater groups and studied acting during and after her studies. Afterward, she trained as a theater educator and pursued further education in the areas of organization and management. She worked as an actor, assistant director and production assistant in her native city from 2002 to 2010, working on a large variety of theater projects. She moved to Berlin in 2010, where she first worked as an assistant director and production assistant with a wide variety of independent theater groups. She worked with the group aufBruch from 2013 to 2017. Since 2017, she was worked as an independent production manager and tour manager for theater, dance, performance and music projects at a wide variety of venues, including, amongst others, Ballhaus Naunynstraße and HAU. She has worked as full-time, formally employed production manager at Sophiensaele since 2021.

Advisement Topics

Is my budget reasonable and correct? How do I plan and conceive my project and how I do properly account for the project money at the end of the project? What legal form is most appropriate for my group and what do I have to bear in mind when concluding contracts? How do things work with GEMA? Which people should I calculate KSK (Künstlersozialkasse, the German public social insurance fund for artists) for? Am I allowed to make a pre-tax deduction? And what, actually, does that even mean? Should my budget be net or gross? The advisement session will provide an overview of the different topics named and is especially suitable for newcomers.

Advisement Languages
German, English, Italian

Eva Karen Tittmann studied German studies and theater studies and earned the certificate Management-Marketing-Communication from the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. She was Managing Director of act Media Support GmbH (production services for film and events) from 2001 to 2008 and has worked as a sole proprietor under the label MANAGEMENT für KULTUR since July of 2007. She was a founding member of LAFT Berlin, served on the board and as treasurer from 2006 to 2011 and has been a member of ITI Germany since 2008. She works as a production manager in Berlin as well as nationally and internationally. She currently works with, amongst others Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder, Grand Théâtre Luxembourg und Thierry Mousset, CyberRäuber Berlin, Beatrix von Pilgrim, Malte Schlösser and Vanessa Stern. http://www.evakarentittmann.de

Advisement Topics
In general, the advisement sessions are intended for everyone who has questions who work in the field of production. These include the areas of budgeting, accounting, submitting funding applications, funding opportunities, strategies, founding a business and legal form. You are welcome, however, to submit very specific questions in advance via email so that I have an opportunity to prepare myself.

Advisement Languages
German

 

Esther Vorwerk studied acting at Mozarteum Salzburg and lives in Berlin and Oldenburg. She works an interdisciplinary theater maker and writer. She develops theater pieces, installations and performances. She deals critically with questions pertaining to memory, trauma, feminism and gender. She was a core member of the Figurentheaters Laboratorium Oldenburg from 2017 to 2020, amongst others. She founded the artist duo Alaska - Studio for Feelings in 2017 with which she received, amongst other achievements, a residency in Berkeley and created an exhibition at Kunstpunkt Berlin. The duo develops interactive installations and workshops. In 2020, she conducted research on the topic of violence against FLINTA within the scope of the flausen+ stipend. In 2021, she received a founder’s stipend from DesignFarm Berlin and wrote a web series with the film director Markus Wulf. www.esthervorwerk.de, www.alaska-studio.com , www.gewaltfreie-television.com

Advisement Topics
My individual advisement sessions cover the topics of conceptualization, submitting funding applications and strategies for survival. They are intended both for newcomers as well as experienced members of the community. Performers, theater makers, writers and people who work interdisciplinarily can all take part in them. I have a broad range of practical knowledge that extends from dance to spoken word theater to writing and figure theater. In addition, I also have experience in interdisciplinary work and initial insights into the film industry. I provide help in revising and specifying concepts and the development of strategies regarding submitting funding applications as well as with daily survival. How can I build up a portfolio in which all of the facets of my artistic work are evident? How can i earn money with this? What is a realistic timeframe for a project? Do I keep discriminating structures in mind? Can I also realize that which I project externally within my own working structures?

Advisement Languages
German, English

Katharina von Wilcke is a producer, curator, communicator and adviser for artistic and cultural affairs. She founded DepArtment, the first production office for the independent performing arts in Hamburg in 1995. She has worked as a project manager at numerous festivals and produced four editions of Tanzkongress on behalf of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the German Federal Culture Foundation from 2006 to 2016. She advisers individual artists, groups and institutions on artistic and cultural topics. In recent years, she has especially turned her thoughts to audiences and has developed her own formats such as Singles & Theater Lovers and Its a Match! Burning Questions of Art. She has served as a member of the jury for the funding program TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund since 2018.
https://www.katharinavonwilcke.de


Advisement Topics
In light of her more than 30 years of practical experience in the performing arts, Katharina von Wilcke advises newcomers, experienced members of the community as well as established members of the community in submitting funding applications - from the development of the concept to the project description all way to the calculation of the budget of the project. In addition, she provide wisdom that supports artists during the elaboration of longer-term strategies and structures, the communication of their own work and the generation of audiences.

Advisement Languages
German, English, Spanish, Portuguese

Salah Zater is a performance artist, dancer and curator. He has worked and cooperated with different art and cultural institutions and since 2016 he organized different educational, art and cultural events. His artistic work and performances about the power of dance, limits of the body, dance healing, human rights, racism, decolonisation and social justice move between dance, performance, and intervention in public spaces and have been performed in various contexts. He is using his body to perform the reality of life and society to make a positive change towards equal rights for and treatment of people in society and against all forms of racism and discrimination. He is developing different body movements, dance strategies and actions to explore the social and political relationality of the body and space. In addition, the relationship between soul, mind, and body finds different ways of love, emotions and expressions through body movements.

Advisement Topics
The advisory service has a focus on the performing arts and dance. I offer advice on the basics of artistic self-employment (KSK, self-management), tax policy and factors for a good funding application. This includes the funding process (from application to approval to proof of use), writing a concept, orientation for newcomers and newly established artists in Berlin. Another focus is artistic empowerment: advice in cases of discrimination or racism. Overview of structures, contact points, the funding landscape and independent art communities in general.

Advisement Languages
English, Arabic