Acme Studios — Sabine Harbeke

Supporting Artists since 1972

Sabine Harbeke

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Sabine Harbeke is a Swiss playwright and director. Her plays often evolve around the subject matter of current political situations interfering with the private and are known for their condensed, sharp and witty language.

Sabine lived and worked for six years in New York where she wrote and directed short films, becoming a member of the ‘Playwright and Directors Unit’ at the Actors Studio, where she also created several projects. After returning to Europe, her writing and directing has been commissioned by renowned theaters in Germany and Switzerland, including: Thalia Theater, Hamburg; Theater Kiel; Theater Bonnl Theater Basel; Theater Neumarkt, Zürich; Theater Bern; Theater St. Gallen; and Schauspielhaus, Bochum. In 2016 she directed her own adaptation of Medea at the Teatr Muzyczny Capitol in Wroclaw collaborating with the known Polish composer Piotr Dziubek.

For the past ten years, Savine has been the head of the BA Theatre Directing programme at the University of Arts in Zürich (ZHdK), working also as an associate professor on both the BA and MA programmes and internationally as a guest lecturer.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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