Jury Peter Theiler

Peter Theiler

Intendant, Semperoper Dresden

Born in Basel in 1956, Peter Theiler already worked as assistant director alongside his academic studies (history and German literature), among others at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Oper Frankfurt. During the season of 1987/1988 he found his first engagement as stage director at Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, and a year later he became Artistic Manager and Stage Director at Opéra de Nice.

From 1991 to 1995 Peter Theiler was Director of ‘Perspectives’, the only French theatre festival outside France, situated at Saarbrücken. At the same time he took over a lectureship of theatrical instruction at the Opernstudio of Musikakademie Basel. For two seasons – from 1994 to 1996 – Theiler was Chief Theatrical Director and Stage Designer at Oper am Nationaltheater Mannheim before he moved back to his native Switzerland to become Director of ensemble Theâtre des Régions Biel/Bienne-Solothurn in the season 1996/1997. 2001/2002 he became General Intendant of Musiktheater im Revier at Gelsenkirchen, and in 2008 gained the position of Staatsintendant of Staatstheater Nürnberg. To honour his commitment for disseminating French theatre in Germany he was nominated “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” and named “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Minister of Cultural Affairs. In July 2012 Peter Theiler was appointed Honorary Consul of Switzerland.

From the season 2018-2019, Peter Theiler is leading the Sächsische Staatoper Desden as Intendant.