Fannina Waubert de Puiseau
B.A. English & Theatre, The University of BC, 2011
Fannina is a dramaturg and performance creator who divides her time between Germany and Canada. She studied English Literature and Theatre at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. From 2011 until 2014 she was the Literary Assistant at the Arts Club in Vancouver, where favourite production dramaturgy credits include Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, David Ives’ Venus in Fur, and Colleen Murphy’s Armstrong’s War. Throughout 2013 she co-directed and dramaturged The Beast that Escaped/Warning Confidential, a new play and live installation about medicalized bodies at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. In 2011 and 2013 she worked as a production dramaturg for Bard on the Beach (The Merchant of Venice, Elizabeth Rex), and in 2012 directed her own adaptation of Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther at Frederic Wood Theatre.
Most recently, Fannina dramaturged Mark Lawes and Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists' multi-disciplinary performance Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. She is currently focused on a variety of projects, including the founding of 2n2k Germany, an organization dedicated to sustainability in the cultural sector. Here, she is particularly interested in the connections between theatre, digitalization, and notions of "artistic and aesthetic sustainability". She is also collaborating with Germany's online platform for theatre criticism "Nachtkritik" to establish a translation project that will give English speakers access to the site's German articles.
Fannina writes extensively about theatre, exploring its intersections with techniques and notions of adaptation, contemporary culture, and democracy. The current focus of her artistic work is the possibility of theatrical adaptation as a distinctly postmodern form; a form that through processes of fragmentation, rupture, collage, pastiche, and reconstruction is able to reflect, and even mirror, the current human condition as shaped daily by media, war, traffic, chaos, competition, and capitalism. Fannina runs a popular theatre blog and is developing a number of different performance projects on various stages and non-stages.
Production dramaturgy, new play dramaturgy, translation, adaptation, German theatre, Canadian theatre, cultural and theatrical sustainability, multi-disciplinarity, performance creation
- 2n2k Germany: sustainability in the cultural sector, Germany
- Nachtkritik translation project
- new play dramaturgy: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Mark Lawes and Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists