Each theatre season two to three Pfadfinder (scouts) head out and visit the Wanderlust projects, describe the international theatre partnerships and document these exciting cross-border encounters in texts and images. Their posts offer an outside perspective that compliments the contributions by the Wanderlust theatres. Pfadfinder entries are marked with a little black flag at the right of the headline. From January 2010 to June 2011 Petra Kohse and projector23 explored the world of our Wanderlust theatres. Our current Pfadfinder are Tobi Müller and Barbara Behrendt.

Tobi Müller, born in Switzerland in 1970, studied in Zürich and Berlin. He learned the editor’s job at Tages-Anzeiger, followed by a two year stint at Swiss TV SRF. From 2003 to 2006 Müller was a member of the jury of the Berlin Theatertreffen. He also helped young dramatists develop their texts at Wiener Burgtheater in 2006 and 2007. After a couple of years travelling between Zürich and Berlin, Müller settled for Berlin in 2009. He presents a monthly pop show at Volksbühne, moderates panels and does freelance work for Deutschlandradio Kultur, Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, Spex and Theater Heute among others.

Barbara Behrendt, born 1982 in Heidelberg, studied art history and Journalism in Karlsruhe. She learned the editor’s job at Burda Journalistenschule in Offenburg, afterwards she worked as an editor for the magazine Vanity Fair. Since 2008 she lives as a freelance writer in Berlin, contributing to the taz, Deutsche Bühne and Theater heute. She was ahead of different theatre blogs, e.g. for the Mülheimer Theatertage.

Stefan Keim, born in Hagen in 1967, studied Journalism in Dortmund, as well as History and Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Bochum. As a freelance writer, he contributes to the WDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Welt and Die Deutsche Bühne. He primarily writes about theatre, film, opera, classical music and cultural politics. From 2008 to 2010 Stefan Keim was a Jury member of the Berlin Theatertreffen. He also works as a presenter and entertainer, teaches continuing education courses for journalists and writes his own plays, satires and short stories.

Petra Kohse has a doctoral degree in Theatre Studies. Besides her work as an editor and writer she is responsible for the performing arts section of the Academy of the Arts (Akademie der Künste). Petra Kohse was a journalist for the newspapers taz and the Frankfurter Rundschau for many years and co-founded the theatre review website nachtkritik.de. Her publications include works on the theatre critic Friedrich Luft and the actress Marianne Hoppe.

Photo: Thomas Aurin

projector23 is a young artists and writers collective that specializes in unconventional documentary and animation films. Martina Sakova and Martin Kleinmichel are the two founders of projector23 who wanted to create a platform for cultural and social issues, develop new forms and narrative styles, and establish cooperative projects with filmmakers especially from Eastern Europe. Martina Sakova came to Berlin from Bratislava as a DAAD scholarship holder. She studied Directing and Visual Communication, and is now responsible for script development and production at projector23. Martin Kleinmichel studied Art History in Dresden, Paris and Berlin and worked for exhibitions, as a club manager and in an alpine hut. At projector23 he is responsible for supervising the areas of production and post-production.

Hagen Mikulas
After completing his traineeship and degree in Journalism and History in Leipzig, Hagen Mikulas established himself as a freelance writer and journalist for various television stations including ZDF and MDR.