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1998/1999 Recipient

Heiner Müllerposthumous was a German playwright who emerged in the 1950s as one of the most remarkable of the disciples of Bertolt Brecht, completing his artistic apprenticeship at Brecht's Berliner Ensemble in East Berlin. Many years later he would was appointed the Artistic Director of the Ensemble, and held the position until he passed away in 1996. He wrote several plays throughout his life, most well known including Hamletmachine, Quartett, and The Scab. Most of his work confronts the contradictions in trying to build socialism in the context of East Germany.