We see ourselves as a dance company that has been active in the independent scene with various artists and collaborators since 2008.
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Isabelle von Gatterburg

Produktionsleitung // Künstlerische Assistenz // Tanz

Isabelle von Gatterburg studied dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg, Netherlands. After her studies she worked as a freelance dancer in Brussels for two years and toured worldwide with professional fire and cabaret shows for ‘project pq’ from 2008 to 2015. Since 2008 she has been a regular dancer for backsteinhaus produktion and since 2009 a permanent member of the company as production manager and artistic assistant. As a dancer and choreographic assistant to Nicki Liszta, she works regularly at various city theatres and dance academies and has also been a member of the Citizen.KANE.Kollektiv in Stuttgart as a dancer and organiser since 2014.

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Heiko Giering

Musikalische Leitung // Komposition // Musik

Heiko Giering graduated in 2009 from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart with a diploma in jazz and popular music (majoring in saxophone), supplemented in 2010/2011 by a master’s degree in jazz composition at the Kunstuniversität Graz. He is a permanent member of numerous bands and various formations. As a musician Heiko Giering has been working for backsteinhaus produktion since 2008. Since 2010 he is a permanent member of the company as musical director and composer.

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Nicki Liszta

Artistic direction // Choreography

Nicki Liszta studied dance theater at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Since graduating in 2006, she has worked as a dancer and choreographer in the contemporary dance scene. In 2007 Nicki Liszta founded backsteinhaus produktion and creates her own pieces under this name. With her first full-length piece ‘zwischen häuten’ she won the 2008 Stuttgart Theater Prize for the best dance production from Baden-Württemberg. Also nominated in the following years were AVATAR and SUPERBIA, ABSENT was among the winners in 2015. Since 2010, the company has regularly received conceptual funding from the city of Stuttgart, as well as from the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg. Nicki Liszta also works repeatedly as a guest choreographer at various city theatres and dance academies.

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Paulina Mandl

Mediation // Dramaturgy

After a voluntary social year, Paulina Mandl studied art at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Nuremberg. In 2018, she completed her master’s degree in “Cultural Education” at the PH Ludwigsburg and the ADK Ludwigsburg with a thesis on the history of independent theater in Germany and specifically in Stuttgart.
Since 2012, she worked first as an assistant director and later as a cultural mediator and dramaturg with, among others, LOKSTOFF! Theater im öffentlichen Raum, Citizen.KANE.Kollektiv, backsteinhaus produktion and Theaterhaus Stuttgart. After three seasons as dramaturg at the Junges Ensemble Stuttgart, she returned to the independent scene and works as cultural mediator and dramaturg at backsteinhaus produktion.

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Kathrin Stärk

Kommunikation // Netzwerk

Kathrin Stärk worked as a trainee at a daily newspaper and studied International Cultural and Business Studies in Passau. She worked in the independent dance and theatre scene, in the film industry and was editor-in-chief of the Stuttgart magazine LIFT. Since 2018 she has been taking care of the press and public relations of Theater Rampe, was part of the RAMPE 23 working group and worked intensively on opening processes and diversity. In addition, she is a freelance writer, copywriter and producer. From 2023 she supports backsteinhaus produktion in press and public relations.

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Franziska Stulle


Franziska Stulle has worked as managing director at Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, since 2013. From 2021 until the end of the 2022/23 season, she managed the house together with Martina Grohmann. From the summer of 2023, she will take over the management of backsteinhaus produktion.