Joseph Wegmann

Joseph Wegmann works primarily with the mediums of light and performance. He studied directing and design at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts from 2008-2012. While in New York, he worked as a lighting and media designer in collaboration with various companies and developed work that sought to deconstruct narrative theatrical forms, telling stories instead through visuals, the sensorium and rhythm.

After receiving his BFA, he moved to Berlin where he assisted and worked with artists such as Ariel Efraim Ashbel and apparatus / Stefanie Wenner + Thorsten Eibeler. He developed showings at ET Berlin, including interactive events with Eleot Reich (band: VOLK) and solo performances with Minna Partanen. He worked together with Björn Pätz and Björn Frers under the label björn & björn from 2016-2019 as a producer with artists Liz Rosenfeld, Melanie Jame Wolf, Dragana Bulut and Public in Private / Clément Layes.

Currently, he engages in artistic collaborations with: Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends, Ligia Lewis, Dragana Bulut, Kareth Schaffer, and Minna Partanen.
A first sketch of his work-in-progress "dissociate” was shown as part of Dirty Debüt in February 2019 at Sophiensæle Berlin.

check out his sketchbook for some more work

Education

2008–12
Bachelor of Fine ArtsNew York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School | NYCMajor: Directing and DesignMinors: Performance Studies, German Lanugage and Literature
2004-08
H.S. DiplomaLong Island High School for the Arts | NY, USAMajors: TheaterMinor: Lighting Design
2004-08
H.S. DiplomaHarborfields High School | NY, USAAcademic DegreeMinor: Architecture

Works

2021
Seventy Deadly Sins by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends & Kaleideskop Ensemble Light Premiere: Radialsystem | Berlin (D)
2021
Fire Walk With Me by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends Light Premiere: Donaufestival | Krems (A)
2020
Remaining Strangers by Simone Aughterlony Light HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D) Premiere: Arsenic | Lausanne (CH)
2020
2170 by Julia Wissert Light & Stage Premiere: Theater Dortmund (D)
2020
Future Fortune (working title) by Dragana Bulut Light Premiere: HAU3 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D)
2020
Question of Belief by Kareth Schaffer Light Premiere: Sophiensaæle | Berlin (D)
2019
Consimity by Minna Partanen Light Premiere: Uferstudios | Berlin (D)
2019-20
No Apocalypse Not Now by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends Light Schauspielhaus Bochum | Bochum (D) Kampnagel | Hamburg (D) FFT | Düsseldorf (D) Premiere: HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D) Pre-Premiere: steirischer herbst Festival | Orpheum Theater | Graz (A)
2019
Dancing at the Edge of the World by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends Light Premiere: Crusing the End Times – Summer Series | Klosterruine | Berlin (D)
2019
ONON by Public in Private / Clément Layes Production Premiere: Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2019-21
TONIGHT by Melanie Jame Wolf Production Wiederaufnahme: Sophiensaele | Berlin (D) Premiere: Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2019
dissociate by Joseph Wegmann Concept, Direction, Light Dirty Debüt #4 - "Sleep" | Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2018-19
Happyology by Dragana Bulut Light, Production euroscene Festival | LOFFT Theater | Leipzig (D) Impulse Festival | tanzhaus nrw | Düsseldorf (D) Premiere: HAU3 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D)
2018–20
Water Will (In Melody) by Ligia Lewis Touring Light Venice Biennale 2020
2018-19
Cabinet of Happiness by Dragana Bulut Light Montag Modus | Collegium Hungaricum | Berlin (D) Premiere: Museum Folkwang | Essen (D)
2018
Do the Right Thing: Emergent Emergencies by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends Light Premiere: HAU2 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D)
2018
Cassandra Has Turned 2 by Kareth Schaffer Light Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2018
The Emergency Artist by Public in Private / Clément Layes Production Premiere: Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2017-19
DIVA: Celebrating Oum Kalthoum by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends Light Schauspielhaus Bochum | Bochum (D) Kampnagel | Hamburg (D) Favoriten Festival | Dortmund (D) FFT | Düsseldorf (D) Premiere: HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D) Uferstudios | Berlin (D)
2017
The Great Disappointment by Ligia Lewis + NON Worldwide Light Collab. Premiere: CTM Festival | HAU2 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D)
2017-20
minor matter by Ligia Lewis Light – Further Development and Touring On the Boards | Seattle (USA) Performance Space | New York (USA) Basel (CH) Oslo (NO) Santiago de Compostela (ES) Campo | Gent (B) Avignon (FR) La Villette | Paris (F) Porto (P) Münchner Kammerspiele | Munich (D) Santarcangelo Festivcal | Santarcangelo (IT) Tel Aviv (IL) OGR | Turin (IL) Julidans Festival | Stedelijk Museum | Amsterdam (NL) PACT Zollverein | Essen (D) American Realness | Abrons Art Center | New York (USA)
2017
HIGHNESS by Melanie Jame Wolf Production Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2017
If You Ask Me What I Want, I'll Tell You, I Want Everyting. by Liz Rosenfeld Production Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2016
Magical Acts Matter by apparatus GbR Project Assitant, Touring Light Kampnagel | Hamburg (D) FFT | Düsseldorf (D) Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2016
Really Usfeul Theater by apparatus GbR Production Assistant Kampnagel | Hamburg (D) FFT | Düsseldorf (D) Sophiensaele | Berlin (D)
2015-16
The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and freinds Assistant Direction Impulse Festival | Düsseldorf (D) Donaufestival | Krems (A) Spielart Festival | Muffatthalle | Munich (D) Kampnagel | Hamburg (D) FFT | Düsseldorf (D) HAU3 Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin (D)
2016
untitled by Joseph Wegmann, Minna Partanen, Christoph Buchegger Concept, Direction, Light DAT Contemporary Festival | Berlin (D)
2015
Next Time by Minna Partanen Direction, Light Expat Expo Festival | ET Berlin | Berlin (D)
2015
Interdependency by Joseph Wegmann Concept, Direction, Light LAB Program | ET Berlin | Berlin (D)
2015
Schwarz gemacht by Daniel Brunet Assistant Director ET Berlin | Berlin (D)
2014
Theater der Welt Artistic Director: Matthias Lilienthal Production Manager Nationaltheater Mannheim | Mannheim (D)
2014
Echter Berliner !!! Ihr nicht Fuck You by Daniel Brunet Assistant Director ET Berlin | Berlin (D)
2013
New Works from New People by Joseph Wegmann Direction Readings Series | ET Berlin | Berlin (D)
2013
Arm-but-Sexy by Joseph Wegmann, Eleot Reich Concept, Direction, Light Expat Expo Festival | ET Berlin | Berlin (D)
2012
USHER by Joseph Wegmann Concept, Direction, Light Robert Moss Theater | New York (USA)
2012
Soho Repertory Theater Artistic Director: Sarah Benson Assistant to the Artistic Director New York (USA)
2011
cocaine by Joseph Wegmann Concept, Direction, Light Studio Theater | New York (USA)
2012
Soap Opera by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Gotham City Improv | New York (USA)
2012
Election! by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Gotham City Improv | New York (USA)
2012
Graduation (Friends Forever) by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA)
2012
Sex! Let’s Talk About it! The Late Night Show! by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA)
2012
Public vs. Private: The Battle for Raoul Greenberg by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA)
2012
Extra Credit by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club
2011-12
Pageant! by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Gotham City Improv | New York (USA) Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA)
2011
Food! by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA)
2011
DICK on DICK by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA)
2011
my struggle by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light White Box / 440 | New York (USA)
2010-12
i HATE the naughties!!! by The Machine Comedy Collective Associate Director, Light Bowery Poetry Club | New York (USA) Gotham City Improv | New York (USA) Meetinghouse Theatre | Philadelphia (USA) White Box / 440 | New York (USA)
2009
Wright/Nixon by Jaime Wright Light White Box / 440 | New York (USA)

Grants and Residencies

2020
Frankfurt LABResidency
2019
dissociatework-in-progress showing commissioned through Dirty Debüt, funded by the German Hauptstadtkulturfonds
2008-12
Tisch Scholarship (NYU)100,000 USD toward University Tuition
2008
Seymore Wiener Scholarship10,000 USD toward University Tuition
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