Vasco Boenisch was born in 1980 in Berlin. He graduated from Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich and studied Journalism, Politics, Theatre Studies and Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität where he then obtained his doctorate. As a freelance journalist he worked for well-known television and radio stations, daily newspapers and magazines. He was a theatre critic for the Frankfurter Rundschau and for nine years for the feuilleton of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. From 2006 to 2014 he worked for Westdeutscher Rundfunk as an editor and presenter and as head of the advisory department in the management of Kultur und Wissenschaft Fernsehen. He was responsible for the cultural show Anke hat Zeit with Anke Engelke, which received the Auszeichnung der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen in 2014. He was a member of the jury and the selection committee of the NRW Theatertreffen, the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 2010, from 2011 to 2013 a member of the jury of the Theatertreffen der Berliner Festspiele and the 3sat Preis des Theatertreffens as well as a member of the prize jury of the Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2014 and 2015. From 2015 to 2017 he was a dramaturg at Ruhrtriennale, International Festival of the Arts, where he worked, among others, with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Johan Simons and Susanne Kennedy. From 2016 to 2018 he taught in the directing department of the Folkwang University of the Arts. Since the 2018/2019 season he is chief dramaturg at Schauspielhaus Bochum. With Fragen Sie Vasco Boenisch he has been a columnist in the feature section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung since 2020.

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