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Alex Riener

Alex Riener is a freelance theatre director based in Vienna, Austria. She studied Theatre Studies in Amsterdam and Vienna and worked during that time as an assistant to the Australian director Barrie Kosky (Artistic Director of the Komische Oper, Berlin). Since 2008 she is continuously working with her theatre company dielaemmer. Her productions are primarily based on contemporary drama and adaptations of world literature. Even though her work is developed mainly in Vienna quite a few productions have been already staged abroad in France, Portugal, Germany. In 2009 she was given a “Grant for young theatre makers” by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Vienna and was invited by Peter Stein to be part of his onetime “School of hearing and seeing”. 2011 she was invited to the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York. For further information have a look at the theatre trailers at or visit the website


“Two weeks of theatre and catching up with Gogol in St. Petersburg - thanks to the Likhachev Foundation I was not only exploring the city, its theatre and Gogol’s traces from an outside point of view, but had the unique chance to dive inside. Meeting directors, visiting their theatres and exchanging our thoughts and ideas about nowadays cross-boarder theatre was only possible because of the great organization from the Likhachev team. Due to this scholarship I could not only bring my project in an inspirational and organizational way forward but encountered much more than I would have ever thought of in advance.”