günfer Çölgeçen

Theatre-maker
Günfer Çölgeçen is an actress, director and theatre educator who has lived in Germany since she was five years old. The stations of her acting career include municipal and state theatres as well as various “off” stages. In 2007, she was listed third in the category “best female performer in NRW” as part of a critics’ survey by the theatre magazine theater pur. Between 1992 and 2018, she realised 25 productions of her own in addition to readings and commissioned productions. Since 1994, she has additionally worked in theatre education. She has served as intercultural agent at Oper Dortmund since the 2018/2019 season as well as artistic project manager at Bürgeroper Dortmund since 2018.

ralf ebeling

Artistic director of WLT, stage director

Ralf Ebeling, born in 1960 in Düsseldorf, studied theatre, philosophy and German at FU Berlin. After serving as assistant director under Werner Schroeter and Peter Palitzsch at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, he took on an assistant director position at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater before going on to stage plays as a freelance director at theatres such as Schlosstheater Celle, Volkstheater Rostock and the municipal theatres of Bielefeld and Münster.
Since 2011, Ralf Ebeling has served as artistic director of Westfälisches Landestheater.

ulrike kolter

Arts & culture journalist, editor of Die Deutsche Bühne

Ulrike Kolter, née Lehmann, born in 1982 in Leipzig, studied philosophy, psychology and German. At university, she initially worked in the field of medieval studies before founding a magazine and maintaining side jobs in various departments of the Chemnitz Opera. Instead of opting to study voice, however, in 2009 she ended up on the editorial staff of Deutsche Bühne, where she (as the first woman in the history of this periodical) continues to enrich her team to this day. In addition to the homepage of Deutsche Bühne and the areas of dance and musical theatre, she – as the mother of two sons (5 and 6 years old) – is dedicated to children’s and youth theatre. She most recently served on the jury for the national theatre award Theaterpreis des Bundes.