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2018 Viktor Bodó

Viktor BodóWas born in Budapest in 1978. After studying acting and directing, he spent three years as an actor at Árpád Schilling's Krétakör Theater in Budapest. His breakthrough as a director came through his work as in-house director at the Katona József Theater in Budapest, including an adaptation of Kafka's “The Trial”. Since 2006 he has been working regularly at the Schauspielhaus Graz, where he first staged Kafka's “Das Schloss” and “Alice” based on Lewis Carroll. This work has been invited to several guest performances, including the Salzburg Festival in 2009 and the radikal jung Festival Munich in 2008, and in 2008 won the Austrian Nestroy Theater Prize for the best equipment.

In 2008 Bodó founded his own theater company Szputnyik Shipping Company in Budapest, which also cooperated with the Graz ensemble. His most important productions with Szputnyik in Budapest were "Mietshausgeschichten" and "Der Würfler". With his own troupe he also worked on co-productions at the Schauspiel Köln (“Transit” by István Tasnádi and “Der Mann am Tisch 2” by András Vinnai) as well as at the State Theater Mainz and the Theater Winterthur (“Tot im Orient-Express”).

Bodó's Graz production of Handke's “The Hour When We Didn't Know About Each Other” from the 2008/09 season was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2010 and was awarded the Golden Mask in Moscow in the Best Foreign Performance category. Viktor Bodó was also nominated for the Austrian Nestroy Theater Prize in 2009 and 2011 in the category Best Director.

In 2014 he was nominated for the DER FAUST theater prize for his production of Jarry's “King Ubu” at the Heidelberg Theater and in 2016 was awarded the European Commission's Premio Europa per il Teatro.