Maria Bachmann studied acting in Hamburg and Los Angeles. In 1993 her career got an unusual jump start, when she appeared in a TV commercial that aired for several years in Germany. She had come up with the concept and had written the lines for the commercial herself and suddenly everyone in the street recognized her face. After that she landed a leading role in one of Germany’s first sitcoms called Die Viersteins. In it she got the chance to prove her comedic talent. In the well-reviewed TV series Adelheid und ihre Mörder she had a recurring part as the constantly Hessian-babbling fiancée of one of the lead characters. She advanced to become an audience’s favorite after she had portrayed the leading character of a strong-willed chief medical doctor in the SAT 1 TV series Sommer und Bolten. In countless leading roles she worked with well-known directors like Thomas Berger, Johannes Fabrick, Peter Gersina, Carlo Rola, Julian Pölsler, Stefan Rick, Tim Trageser, Dieter Wedel, and Ute Wieland. She likes playing and mostly gets cast in tragic-comedic and also melodramatic genres, but there are also those solemn, sincere, and straight-forward characters that audiences recall when they think of Maria Bachmann.∗∗∗∗∗
Anne Bennet spielt seit sie 15 ist an verschiedensten Spielstätten in verschiedensten Konstellationen.
Das Theater hat ihr Wandlungen und Wanderungen möglich gemacht, ist ihr ein heiliger und erbarmungsloser Platz, der sie immer wieder zwingt, durch die Auseinandersetzung mit Anderen, mit Literatur, mit dem Unbekanten, mit ihr selbst alles in Frage zu stellen, was sie gerade meint zu wissen und zu können, und trotzdem durchzusetzen woran sie glaubt: An die heilsame Kraft von Sprache und Poesie und des alten Wunsches, Geschichten zu erzählen.∗∗∗∗∗
Petras sheer appearance – fiery red and curly long hair, a hot temper, and devoted acting all add up to the fact that Petra Berndt is regarded by many as being an exceptional persona. After having completed drama school in 1991 she appeared on stage at the municipal theater in the town of Ingolstadt followed by more theater work in Munich’s prestigious Volkstheater. She turned out to be the perfect cast for feature film productions such as DAS SCHRECKLICHE MÄDCHEN or MUTTER COURAGE (both directed by Michael Verhoeven), HERR OBER! (dir.: Gerhard Polt), ROSSINI (dir: Helmut Dietl), and MARLENE (dir: Joseph Vilsmaier). She played in the international production SALZ AUF DER HAUT which was directed by Andrew Birkin. Numerous roles in TV movies and TV series across all genres are part of Petra Berndt’s extensive CV. Screen adaptations of present time novels as well as historic dramas are part of Petra Berndt’s impressive body of work. Among the latter are REGINA AUF DEN STUFEN and APPOLONIA (dir.: Bernd Fischerauer), LÖWENGRUBE (dir.: Rainer Wolffhardt), DER SCHANDFLECK (dir.: Julian Roman Pölsler), VERLORENES LAND (dir.: Jo Baier), and JENNERWEIN (dir.: Hans Günther Bücking). Moreover, Petra Berndt played leading roles in the TV series LIEBE IST PRIVATSACHE (dir.: Sigi Rothemund), SOLANGE ES LIEBE GIBT (dir.: Detlef Rönfeldt), and DAS BESTE AUS MEINEM LEBEN (dir.: Matthias Tiefenbacher).∗∗∗∗∗
Doris Buchrucker was born in Munich and got her education at the Otto Falckenberg Drama School. Her very first role at the municipal theater of Ingolstadt was that of Recha in Lessing’s NATHAN DER WEISE (directed by Ernst Seitgen). She continued working on stage at the Deutsche Theater in Göttingen for three years, followed by two years in Heidelberg where she acted in plays directed by Fritz Zecha and David Mouchtar-Samorai among others. During the 1980s she was working at the Thalia Theater, also in Wuppertal and at Tübingen’s Zimmertheater until finally in 1989 she made her debut at the renowned Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel as Sophie in Goethe’s CLAVIGO (dir.: H.D. Jendreyko). Numerous roles at the Staatstheater Hannover, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, in theaters in Bonn, Hamburg, Konstanz, Münster, and Ingolstadt followed. Aside from her extensive stage work, Doris Buchrucker has also been able to build a career in front of the camera where she actually resembles MOTHER COURAGE given her dramatic intensity. She has been an emotional enrichment for any film production that she was a part of. From the very beginning, she worked with famous directors like Klaus Emmerich, Axel Corti, and Jo Baier and was cast opposite fellow actors Monika Bleibtreu and Jan Biczycki. Recently she has teamed up with Max Färberböck, Hans Steinbichler, and Konstantin Ferstl and all of those collaborations just felt like a natural fit. The up-and-coming director Boris Kunz had started working with Doris Buchrucker before and during his education at the prestigious Munich HFF Film School and they have continued working together up to this day. In the summer of 2013 audiences loved Doris Buchrucker when she appeared in one of the lead roles in Boris Kunz’ romantic comedy DREI STUNDEN.∗∗∗∗∗
Marisa Burger received her vocational training at Schauspiel Munich Drama School. Her first important TV roles were leads in Der Froschkönig (Bayerischer Rundfunk, dir.: Werner Siebert), Cafe Meineid (dir.: Franz Xaver Bogner), and Dem Himmel so nah (ZDF, dir.: Dieter Kehler). In 2009 Marisa Burger was cast by director Matthias Kiefersauer for the feature film production Baching and in 2012 she appeared opposite Gisela Schneeberger in the small screen comedy Familie Sonntag auf Abwegen under the direction of Ulli Baumann. Since 2002 she plays the role of the detective’s secretary Miriam Stockl in the ZDF crime series Rosenheim Cops (prod. Bavaria Fiction). Her role is that of a diligent worker with a sassy attitude and a good soul which makes her an audience’s favorite. On stage Marisa Burger appeared at Munich’s Volkstheater and as Helene in Thomas Vinterberg’s Das Fest at the Metropol Theater Munich. Being a very sporty type, Marisa Burger was trained to become a qualified skiing instructor and a professional gymnast.∗∗∗∗∗
Ursula Buschhorn was born in Palo Alto, CA in 1969. Her father is a scientist and so the family got to travel frequently. Before the family moved back to Europe Ursula Buschhorn attended 4th and 5th grade at a Palo Alto elementary school. Her proficiency in spoken English is a result of that time. She graduated from German High School in Munich and went on to go to state drama school in Stuttgart from 1989 to 1993. Her graduation performance was Leonora d’Este in Goethe’s Torquato Tasso. After drama school she played in several productions at Stuttgart’s Wilhelma Theater. After the premieres of Festung in Frankfurt and Beyond the Horizon in Wuppertal (both under the direction of Rainald Götz), Ursula Buschhorn started her film career in 1994 playing a series regular for two consecutive years as Anna Sanwaldt, one of the main character’s daughters, on the highly successful TV series Alle meine Töchter. This was followed by more TV and film roles, among them leading characters in Blutige Spur (Director Carlo Rola), Mit verbundenen Augen (Director Marjan Vajda), Stadt Land Mord (a crime series directed by Dennis Satin), Vaterherz (Director Gabi Kubach), Der Verehrer (Director Dagmar Damek), Auf den Spuren der Vergangenheit (Sharon von Wietersheim) and only recently in the much-loved TV series Familie Dr. Kleist (Directors Donald Kremer / Esther Wenger). In 2008 she appeared in the big screen drama Hotel Maina which was directed by legendary Italian helmer Carlo Lizzani and premiered at the Filmfestival in Venice. Starting in 2011, Ursula Buschhorn has been returning to the stage. After having played in Eine Familie (Director Monika Steil) onstage in Bozen, Italy, she is currently busy doing a stage tour with the production of The Great Gatsby (Director Silvia Armbruster) in which she plays the role of Daisy up until April 2014. At first glance, Ursula Buschhorn’s appearance may be described as being elegant, beautiful, and proud but her roles are anything but one-sided or shallow but rather multifaceted and even unpredictable. I regularly catch myself sensing a certain something that she may be concealing behind her facade as if she knew about something before everybody else did. But isn’t it exactly those slight insecurities that make her all the more down-to-earth, likeable, and popular? I would definitely say yes!∗∗∗∗∗
Born in Belgrade, Serbia and raised in Frankfurt, Anica Dobra calls both Germany and the Balkans her home. Being a thoroughbred actress and having enjoyed the best in stage- and on-camera training, Anica Dobra is very busy working in both countries. She became well-known in the 1990s in Germany when she worked together with the finest of directors mainly in comedies for the big screen but also in crime and drama feature films for TV. During that time, which was marked by intense political upheaval in the Balkans, she exhibited her remarkable talent in that region by portraying heavily conflicted protagonists. Her characters take control in a straightforward, hard-hitting, and pugnacious manner. She was awarded Best Actress several times. Anica Dobra is a frequent traveler since her family lives in Belgrade and she herself is a star in Serbia. But she also feels drawn to Munich, Germany which is her second home. Audiences love her for her unconventional beauty and charming wit. Here in Germany we’ve come to picturing her playing in films that allow fresh subject matters to be tackled from a humorous point of view. Take some time and check out the clips of the Serbian TV series „Black and White World“ on her current reel. To most it will obviously be incomprehensible (subtitles are to follow soon), but her body language alone is simply hilarious.∗∗∗∗∗
Yve Burbach first came into contact with the acting world at the age of 12 when she appeared in several school plays. She was originally trained to become a management assistant in advertising before she decided to go to college to study communication studies. After this she went on to take acting lessons with Marietta Bürger in Cologne. During this time she also took singing and dance classes. In 1999 she garnered increasing attention when she appeared in several episodes of the TV series Mallorca – Suche nach dem Paradies. Her most well-known and most popular role with the audience was the french Cécile de Maron. In the famous TV series Verbotene Liebe from 2001 until 2006 Along with the rest of the cast she received a Golden Rose award in Luzern.
Yve Burbach has accepted roles in nearly all genres for feature films, TV movies and TV series. She has worked with directors Jörg Grünler, Josh Broecker, Marcus Ulbricht, and Bijan Benjamin. In the TV movie Tod in Istanbul, which was directed by Matti Geschonneck Yve Burbach was cast opposite Jürgen Vogel and Heino Ferch.
For the play Die Wahrheit, Yve Burbach appeared on the stage of Cologne’s Theater Am Dom in May 2013. Under the direction of René Heinersdorff she also made a highly acclaimed appearance in the play called Sei lieb zu meiner Frau at the Contra Kreis Theater in Bonn in the season 2013 / 2013.∗∗∗∗∗
Being raised and surrounded by artists (her mother Sonja Sutter was an ensemble member of the renowned Burgtheater in Vienna and her father a resident physician at the Salzburg Festival), Carolin Fink became exposed to the world of theater from an early age which definitely left an imprint on her life. At age 11 she started studying to play the piano at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg while being enrolled in middle and later on in high school with a specific focus on musical education.
Upon high school graduation she began her acting studies at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna only to transfer to the Ernst Busch Drama School in Berlin where she finally received her acting diploma.
She then became an ensemble member at the Residenz Theater Munich debuting as Recha in Lessing’s Nathan the Wise alongside Martin Benrath on the stage of Prinzregenten Theater. Among the many stage directors she worked with are Achim Benning, Volker Hesse, Horst Schönemann, Gerald Thomas, Werner Müller, and Thomas Schulte-Michels. Audiences saw her in plays ranging from classical to modern literature such as Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan”, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, Jean Racine’s “Britannicus”, Maxim Gorky’s “Children of the Sun”, and Lillian Hellmann’s “The Little Foxes”.
Carolin Fink’s entry into the German film and television landscape began when she became a main cast member of the award-winning film trilogy “Die Zweite Heimat”. She has since worked repeatedly with directors such as Martin Enlen, Thomas Jauch, Niki Muellerschoen, Matthias Tiefenbacher, and Olaf Kreinsen. In the television industry as well as to the general German public she is best known for her performances in successful national TV series like “Der Alte”, “Ein starkes Team”, “Kommissarin Lucas”, “SoKo Muenchen”, “SoKo Wien”, “Schwarzach 23”, “Die Rosenheim Cops”, and “Um Himmels Willen”.
In 2015, the ARD network comedy show “Fragen an Schorsch Aigner – Der Mann der Franz Beckenbauer war” starred Carolin as the partner of actor Olli Dittrich who was nominated for the 2016 Adolf Grimme Prize.
In addition, Carolin periodically works as guest star at the Chamber Opera in Munich and also records – on a regular basis – cultural segments for the Bayerische Rundfunk and ORF Salzburg. And last but surely not least she leads acting seminars as empathetic body language coach at the Social Welfare Court in Munich to name but one venue.∗∗∗∗∗
Lilly Forgách is a full blast thespian educated at Munich’s Zerboni Drama School. She feels at home on stage as well as on set. One of her first performances in an feature film was alongside Jan Josef Liefers and Marie Bäumer in the psycho-drama called SIEBEN MONDE (dir.: Peter Fratzscher). She played her very first roles in the TV movies ZEIT DER FISCHE and HINTERLASSENSCHAFTEN which were both directed by Steffi Kammermeier. She wasn’t the only one who repeatedly hired Lilly Forgách to perform in important roles. Immogen Kimmel, Hajo Gies, Martin Enlen, and Andi Niessner did likewise. Her ability to adapt to all genres allows her to intensely portray the most versatile characters from middle-class women to historic and glamorous heroines. In addition to her film and TV work Lilly Forgách has managed to pursue her stage career. She played at Munich’s Residenztheater, Prinzregententheater, and Volkstheater and performed at municipal theaters in Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Klagenfurt, Austria. In Cagliari / Sardinia she even played the role of HAMLET in Italian! Lilly Forgách is a regular ensemble member at Munich’s Metropol Theater, where she took on leading roles in plays like PORTIA COUGHLAN, DAS BALLHAUS, CLOCKWORK ORANGE, NACH DER HOCHZEIT, and in musical plays like DIE FURIEN (all directed by Jochen Schölch).∗∗∗∗∗
Bojana Golenac was born near the German town of Bonn and was raised in Germany as well as in Slovenia. The actress, who is very talented at speaking different languages, graduated from drama school in Hamburg and debuted there at the Altonaer Theater. Her magnetic performances in leading roles in Unter die Haut (1997, dir.: Christoph Schrewe), Zwischen zwei Feuern (1998, dir.: Sigi Rothemund), and Die Salsaprinzessin (2001, dir.: Dror Zahavi) helped her to establish a successful reputation in Germany’s TV industry. In 2004 Bojana Golenac was cast as the lead character in the ZDF daytime series Sabine!, which she worked on for two seasons. From 2010 to 2011 she was a series regular on another daytime ZDF series called Herzflimmern. On stage she had a national tour from 2007 until 2010 in the play called Mondscheintarif which was written by Ildiko von Kuerthy. In the fall of 2012 Bojana Golenac stood in front of the camera opposite Harald Krassnitzer in the TV movie Tatort – Grenzland, which was written and directed by Sascha Bigler.∗∗∗∗∗
Julia Heinze is a native of Munich. This is where she was born and where she finished her high school as well as dance education and where she graduated from acting school. Munich is also the place where she first performed at various theater venues. In 2004 it was Bernd Fischerauer who offered her the lead role in the two-part BR TV film APOLLONIA. In it she plays a Tyrolean miller’s daughter who is forced to come to terms with the harsh realities of the alpine world and the brutal life at the beginning of the 20th century. APOLLONIA became a huge success and consequently aired several times. In 2005, the then unknown director Ralf Westhoff offered her a part in his first big screener called SHOPPEN. In it Julia Heinze plays a speed dating participant who babbles away at her partners in the most eloquent of manners. Up to this day Julia Heinze gets stopped in the street by passersby who vividly remember her performance in that wonderful film. In 2007 she eventually received a best-actress nomination for her role Jasmin at the Undine Award. Also in 2007, she took the chance to present her native Munich dialect in the role of Bertl in the story of LIESL KARLSTADT UND KARL VALENTIN which was helmed by Jo Baier. Yet another milestone experience for Julia Heinze was to play the novice Maria in the tremendously successful TV series UM HIMMELS WILLEN in which she acted for three seasons and thus became well-known to the German audience. Julia Heinze is graceful and tender, but don’t be fooled: „I know no fear unless I get scared“ (by Karl Valentin, Bavarian folk poet).∗∗∗∗∗