Darja Stocker

© Mohamed Ali Itaief

Born in Zurich in 1983, studied scenic writing at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). With her debut play Nachtblind she won the author prize of the Heidelberg Stückemarkt in 2005 (invited to the 32nd Mülheim Theater Days). It has been translated into ten languages and performed over twenty times at home and abroad. Her second play Zornig geboren premiered in 2009 under the direction of Armin Petras at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin.

The production was invited to the Festival de Theatro de la Habana in Cuba, among others. Together with the author Claudia Grehn, Darja Stocker researched and wrote the commissioned work REICH ES NICHT ZU SAGEN ICH WILL LEBEN for the Nationaltheater Weimar and the Centraltheater Leipzig in 2010/11 (invited to the 37th Mülheimer Theatertage).

In July 2011 Darja Stocker participated in the International Residency Program at the Royal Court in London, in December she was invited to the Reveil. Festival of free Arab theater groups in Alexandria. In 2014 she created the two short plays Precious (Schauspielhaus Zurich as part of the Transit Festival), as well as Take care comrade (premiere on 17.02.2014 at Theater Freiburg as part of the Art Affects Festival).

In 2015/2016 she wrote for Theater Basel the play Nirgends in Friede. Antigone., for which she receives the Dramatikerpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft 2016. In the same year she is a fellow of the International Forum of the Theatertreffen Berlin. In 2018 she is invited to the days of Nueva dramaturgia alemana with Zornig geboren and Antigone in Mexico City, where she gives the workshop trans.resist together with Mohamedali Ltaief. In the same year, she wrote the play Crying for a Hundred Years or Throwing a Hundred Bombs, which will premiere at Theater Basel in 2019.

Darja Stocker has been researching resistance movements inside and outside Europe for several years and is currently working on freelance projects.