Michael Schindhelm


Michael Schindhelm was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1960 and works as a writer, filmmaker, performing arts expert and cultural adviser to several international organisations. From 1979 to 1984, he studied at the International University of Voronezh (USSR), graduating with a Master of Science in Quantum Chemistry (cum laude). From 1984 to 1986 he workes as assistant professor at the East Berlin Academy of Science, Zentralinstitut für physikalische Chemie.

since 2012 adviser to the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
2010 collaborator in the German initiative “Welthungerhilfe”, member of the Board of Trustees since 2013
2010 – 2012 co-founding director of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, and, at the same time, developing a proposal on culture and sports for the “Innovation City” of Skolkovo, Russia; cultural adviser to the architectural firm OMA (Netherlands) for a masterplan on the large-scale cultural project West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong.
2007 – 2009 founding director to the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority
2005 – 2007 director general of the newly founded Stiftung Oper in Berlin (Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper)
1996 – 2006 artistic and managing director of the Theatre Basel
1994 – 1996 director general and artistic director of the Theatre Altenburg Gera
1992 – 1994 artistic and managing director of the Theatre Gera
1990 – 1992 adviser of the managing director, and, later on, drama director of the Theatre Nordhausen – LOH-Orchester Sondershausen


2016 The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, documentary film
2008 Bird’s Nest – Herzog & De Meuron in China, co-directed with Christoph Schaub, documentary film
2004 Chants of the Steppes, documentary film


2014 Lavapolis (Matthes & Seitz, German, and Sternberg Press, English)
2011 Dubai High (AP, English)
2009 Dubai Speed (DTV, German)
2007 Mein Abenteuer Schweiz (Echtzeit, German)
2006 Die Herausforderung (DVA, German)
2004 Das Kamel auf der Startbahn (Merian, German)
2001 Zauber des Westens (DVA, German)
2000 Roberts Reise (DVA, German)

Opera Librettos

2006 Welten in Quecksilberlicht, opera by Cong Su
2001 Schwarzerde, opera by Klaus Huber


2003 host of the TV talk show Der Salon (Swiss TV SRF 1)
translations of works by Maxim Gorki, Nikolai Gogol and Ossip Mandelstam into German
Filip Zumbrunn Nov 24 Jul 22