Volker Braun

Volker Braun (Germany) was born on May 7, 1939 in Dresden. After high school he worked in a printing office, then as a pipe fitter and later as a machinist in surface mining. He also studied philosophy in Leipzig. In 1965 he got a call from Helene Weigel to join the Berliner Ensemble. There his first stage play, Die Kipper, was produced and subsequently forbidden. He then worked at the Deutsches Theater/German Theatre in Berlin and at the Berliner Ensemble from 1979 till 1990. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin-Brandenburg (Academy of Arts Berlin-Brandenburg) and of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German Academy of Language and Poetry). In 2000, he received the Georg-Büchner-Preis, one of Germany's most prestigious literary awards.