Hendrik Scheel, Designer

Hendrik began his theatre education in the Arts Academy in Dresden in 1995 studying stage and costume design. In 1997 he attended Central St Martins College of Arts in London, England, specializing in set design; in 1999 he received his Masters at the Arts Academy in Vienna, Austria. He finished his education with the rare honour of achieving “Meisterschüler” (Master Student) in Dresden in 2001.

From 1994 to 2004 he worked as an assistant stage designer at theatres in cities all over Europe.  He started his own design career in 1998 and has created designs for the Theatre Academy in Munich, the Directors Institute in Hamburg and the Palucca Dance School in Dresden. Since 2005 he has worked at the State Theatres in Stuttgart and Schwerin, as well as theatres in Graz/Austria, Halle, and the world-famous Volksbühne in Berlin.

His body of work ranges from the classically produced “Käthchen von Heilbronn”, to a cross-disciplinary presentation of “Parzival”. Hendrik has designed for contemporary dance, puppet theatre, and in 2007 he was commissioned to architecturally transform and redesign the stage and auditorium at the 120 seat Werfttheatre in Halle/Germany. In the 2009/10 season Hendrik designed the set and costumes for a 40-room 40-actor site specific processional political new creation entitled “Kommunalka” as well as a educational project in elementary schools about the Berlin Wall which involved 100 participants. Hendrik is the co-founder of Side-Views http://www.side-views.de/ an award-winning company specializing in cultural education for children and adults through experiential education workshops and games and documentation and media projects including video interviews and interview workshops.


For Theatre Local: Tell YOUR Story 2011, Canada’s Smallest Theatre installation