The Psycho-Thriller


by Douglas Post
27 Jan - 15 March 2003

Hans-Peter Kellner

Hans-Peter studied Theatre and German at the University of Vienna and Film at the University of Copenhagen. Since 1982 he has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and circus. He started his work in theatre as Assistant Director and Stage Manager in Vienna and Berlin, amongst others for former RSC director Terry Hands.

Since 1992 Hans-Peter has directed plays at several venues in Austria and Germany. His productions include the German premieres of Steven Berkoff’s Kvetch (Theater Drachengasse), Eduardo Manet’s Monsieur Lovestar (Volkstheater), Svend Aage Madsen’s Diesseits von Eden (Künstlerhaus), Sergi Belbel’s Spielwiese (Konzerthaus), Arthur Kopit’s Hardcrash (Drachengasse), and Jokum Rohde’s Das wirkliche Leben (Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf).

Between 1995 and 2000 Hans-Peter was based in London, where he directed Helmut Krausser’s Leatherface at the Gate Theatre, Sergi Belbel’s Fourplay at the Lyric Hammersmith, Eduardo Manet’s Monsieur Lovestar at the White Bear Theatre and Erwin Riess’ Hawking’s Dream at Teatro Technis.

Since 2000 he lives in Copenhagen, where he last year directed Mark Ravenhill’s Some Explicit Polaroids at the Café Teater.

Hans-Peter has translated over twenty plays into German, many of them by contemporary playwrights. He was also asked to write a new version of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf which premiered under his own direction at the Kellertheater Innsbruck.

His most recent productions were the Austrian premieres of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (Theater Drachengasse / Volkstheater) and Igor Bauersima’s Context (Ensembletheater). In April Hans-Peter will direct Mark Ravenhill’s Some Explicit Polaroids at the Tiroler Landestheater and in July the first site specific production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore.