Piscator, Erwin

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Piscator, Erwin Gender: M
born on 17 December 1893 at 15:30 (= 3:30 PM )
Place Ulm, Germany, 48n24, 10e0
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 25°57' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 10°08 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 13°00'

Erwin Piscator


German theatrical producer and director famed for his ingenious Expressionistic staging techniques. He was the originator of the epic theatre style later developed by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht.

Having studied at the König school of dramatic art and at the university, Piscator began as a volunteer at the Hof Theater in Munich; he became in turn an actor and a director. Working in Berlin during the Weimar Republic (1919–33), Piscator frankly used the theatre to convey radical political instruction. Although he was not a communist, he sympathized at the time with the German working class. A bold innovator, he used films and newsreels to enlarge landscapes and convey mass events, and he employed many optical, acoustical, and mechanical devices to create an experience of total theatre. His passion for machinery could be self-defeating: blaring loudspeakers, flashing lights, air-raid sirens, and revolving sets sometimes obscured his message.

During the Nazi era, Piscator sought outlets outside of Germany. He traveled to Russia in 1934 to direct his only film, the well-regarded Vostaniye rybakov (“The Revolt of the Fishermen”). From 1939 to 1951 he headed the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City. He returned to West Germany in 1951 as director of West Berlin’s Volksbühne. Among his sensational productions of that period were Rolf Hochhuth’s Deputy, a study of the role of Pope Pius XII during the Third Reich, and The Investigation by Peter Weiss, dealing with theAuschwitz concentration camp.

He died 30 March 1966, Starnberg.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Ruttmann, Walter (born 28 December 1887). Notes: Film collaborators


Source Notes

Arno Müller,vol 2


  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator