– The new directors are Pinar Karabulut and Rafael Sanchez
The joint management of Karabulut and Sanchez will take charge of the Schauspielhaus in Zurich from the 2025/2026 season.
Pinar Karabulut and Rafael Sanchez will jointly manage Schauspielhaus Zurich from the 2025/2026 season. The theater announced this Wednesday evening. Carabulut and Sanchez follow the duo of Benjamin von Blomberg and Nicholas Stemann. After the very tense procedure surrounding the non-renewal of the contract with the current managers last February, a search committee was appointed consisting of eight members familiar with Zurich’s terms. At the end of the process, the new duo was selected by the Board of Directors of Schauspielhaus Zürich AG.
The contract is valid for five years. With these elections, a new generation of theater makers will take over the management of the theatre, said Schauspielhaus Zurich. Carabulut and Sanchez’s works will appeal to a wide audience. Both will present classic plays and new texts with great success. Pinar Karabulut also works as an opera director.
Rafael Sánchez has been well-known in Zurich since his time as co-director of the Neumarkt Theater: he ran the house from 2008 to 2013 with Barbara Weber – indeed, the generally successful team bid (unsuccessfully) at the time, to add another sixth year.
Sánchez was born in Basel in 1975 and was director of Theater Basel from 2003 to 2006; From 2013 to 2023 he was Interior Director of Schauspiel Cologne. In the summer, he will take over as interim director there for a year, while Ulrich Khun will take over as interim director at Schauspielhaus Zurich at the same time.
Crazy stuff from the hand of Karabulut
Pinar Karabulut was born in Mönchengladbach in 1987 and studied theater studies and art history in Munich. In the 2016/2017 season, together with Britney’s curation team, she managed the outdoor venue on Offenbachplatz in Schauspiel Köln and founded a lesbian feminist festival there. The new managerial duo are familiar with each other.
The director has performed at Theater Basel, Deutsches Theater Berlin, and Munich Kammerspiel, among others. And at Zurich’s Neumarkt Theater in 2018, she conquered our minds with The Great Tragedy of Female Power, a collection of bright discourses on gender and a satirical joke about men, women and forms of empowerment.
Previous co-directors Nicholas Stemann and Benjamin von Blomberg will leave the house in the summer of 2024.