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Executive Board & Board of Trustees


Board of ASSITEJ Germany

Brigitte Dethier (she/her)


Freelance director, Stuttgart


Julia Dina Heße (she/her)

Vice President

Freelance dramaturge/director/ researcher, Tübingen


Jutta M. Staerk (she/her)

Vice President

Artistic Director COMEDIA Theater, Cologne


Wolfgang Stüßel (he/him)

Vice President

Theater Strahl, Berlin


Johannes Leppin (he/him)


Managing Director, Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin



Additional Board Members

Stefan Fischer-Fels (he/him)
Head of youth drama at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

Bianca Sue Henne (she/her)
Head of youth theater at Theater Bremerhaven

Rebecca Hohmann (she/her)
Head of youth theatre at Theater Bremen

Christoph Macha (he/him)
Head dramaturge at the neues theater and the Thalia Theater, Halle

Katrin Maiwald (she/her)
Freelance dramaturge and theatre educator, Leipzig

Lisa Zehetner (she/her)
Freelance dramaturge, Düsseldorf

The KJTZ’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for the KJTZ determines the guidelines for the centre’s work. The board includes representatives from public funding bodies, as well as people from different fields of work within theatre for young audiences. With the exception of the funding body representatives, members of the board of trustees are appointed for three years by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Trustees work on an honorary basis. The current board’s tenure began in 2024 and will end in 2026.


Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Department 512 – Extracurricular education for children and young people
represented by Uta-Christina Biskup

Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts
Department IV 2, Theatre and Music
represented by Jan-Sebastian Kittel

Department for Culture and Science, Frankfurt am Main
Councillor Dr. Ina Hartwig
represented by Johannes Promnitz, Department for Cultural Funding Administration



Science, research, and education

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lutz-Scheurle
Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Department of Cultural Studies – Art and Participation

Prof. Dr. Maike Gunsilius
Professor for the Aesthetics of Children’s and Youth Theatre at the Institute for Media, Theatre and Popular Culture at the University of Hildesheim Foundation

Theatre with children and young people

Bassam Ghazi
Theatre educator, director and diversity trainer, artistic director of the Stadt: Kollektiv at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf

Elisabeth Hagl
Culture and theatre educator, artistic co-director of the Rampenlichter Festival, board member and manager of the CultureClouds association, Munich



Theatre for children and young people

Petra Fischer
Freelance dramaturge, theatre educator, festival curator, Zurich (Switzerland)

Anna Vera Kelle
Director, member of the management board, and theatre manager at Theater Strahl in Berlin

Cultural policy/youth policy

Prof. Dr. Tom Braun
Professor of Culture and Media Education at IU International University of Applied Sciences, Academic Director of the IR Research Centre for Cultural Education and the Digital World

Youth curator

Florian Hecht
Project manager for the „youngprojects“ youth event planning office at FEZ in Berlin; BA Events Management student; freelance youth participation consultant