Jury Members

1st round of funding

Esther Boldt
works as an author, dance and theatre critic for media such as nachtkritik.de, Theater heute, ZEIT online, tanz Zeitschrift and HR2 Kultur. Furthermore, she has written essays on contemporary aesthetics for various books. She has taught “Theatre Criticism” at the Universities of Frankfurt and Mainz and since 2019, together with Philipp Schulte, has been leading the work-based “Academy for Contemporary Theatre Journalism”, initiated by the Alliance of Production Houses.

Claudia Feest
is a qualified biologist, breath and movement pedagogue and therapist, dancer, choreographer and the co-founder of Tanzfabrik Berlin and its long-term artistic director. She is the co-founder and a member of the management board of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (German Umbrella Association for Dance), a member of the management board of the German national Tanz in Schulen (Dance in Schools) association, as well as a former co-ordinator for the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) – Pilot Project “Tanzplan Berlin” at the Senate for Science, Research and Culture in Berlin. She teaches and researches breath and movement studies and body perception at home and abroad as well as in independent practice in Berlin. Claudia Feest is a member of various dance and performing arts juries in Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and on a national level. She was chairman of the NRW Dance Commission and member of the Runder Tisch Tanz Berlin (Round Table Dance Berlin).

Ulrich Schrauth
is the initiator as well as the creative director of the “VRHAM! − Virtual Reality & Arts Festival” in Hamburg and supervises various international projects within the field of digital media as creative director. In addition to that, he is XR & Immersive Programmer for the annual BFI London Film Festival. He can look upon many years of professional experience in artistic planning, the organization and curation of festivals, theatre and music productions. He has worked nationwide and internationally in numerous productions, for example as artistic director of operations of the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg and the Sydney Festival or as head of programming of the international festival “Theater der Welt 2017”. On a regular basis he acts as a jury member, among others for the “Fedora Digital Art Prize”, Laval Virtual/France or the “VREFEST” Rome/Italy. Ulrich Schrauth studied performing arts and dance at the Folkwang University in Essen and cultural management at the university for Music and Theatre in Hamburg.

Cornelia Walter
has been artistic project director at the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf since the 2016/17 season as well as personal adviser to the director Wilfried Schulz. From 2012 to 2016, she worked as an adviser for performing arts and literature at the Culture Department in the State Capital of Dresden. In 2011, she was the project co-ordinator of the Politics in Independent Theatre festival in Dresden, a co-operation between bpb, Staatsschauspiel Dresden and Hellerau. She is founder of the festival of philosophy “Denkfiguren”, was editor-in-chief of the Dresden culture magazine, ran the International Dresden Summer Academy for Fine Arts and managed PR work for the cultural forum “riesa efau”.