Florian Malzacher – Artistic Director
Felizitas Stilleke – Dramaturgy
Dominik Müller – Dramaturgy
Charlotte Hesse – Artistic Assistance

Emily Keller – Production Management
Nina Waldmüller – Production Assistant
Randi Günnemann – Production Manager “Sideshow”

Nino Petrich – Technical Director

Claudia Holthausen – Press and Public Relations
Lisa Carolin Schubert – Assistant Press and Public Relations

NRW KULTURsekretariat
Dr. Christian Esch – Director
Judith Wollstädter – Administration
Martin Maruschka – Press and Public Relations


Florian Malzacher

Artistic Director

Florian Malzacher is Artistic Director of Impulse Theater Festival since 2012 as well as an independent performing arts curator, dramaturge and writer. 2006 till 2012 he was co-programmer of the multidisciplinary arts festival steirischer herbst in Graz (A).

After graduating at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen he worked till 2005 mainly as a freelance theatre journalist for daily newspapers and has continued since then to contribute regularly to international magazines like Theater Heute (DE), Tanz (DE), Frakcija (HR), Didaskalia (PL) and Camera Austria (AT) etc. 

Florian Malzacher has worked as a freelance dramaturge at theatres like Burgtheater Vienna or Mousonturm Frankfurt with artists like Rimini Protokoll (DE), Lola Arias (ARG), Mariano Pensotti (ARG) and Nature Theater of Oklahoma (USA). He is a founding member of the independent curators’ collective Unfriendly Takeover (2001 – 2008) in Frankfurt/Main. Florian Malzacher (co-)curated next to his festivals e.g. the 4th and 5th International Summer Academy (Mousonturm Frankfurt 2002 and 2004), the “Dictionary of War” (2006/07), the series “Performing Lectures” (Frankfurt, 2004-06), the 170 hours non-stop marathon camp “Truth is concrete” on artistic strategies in politics (Graz, 2012) as well as the performative conference “Appropriations” (Ethnologisches Museum Berlin/Humboldt Lab, 2014) and the congress “Artist Organisations International” (together with Jonas Staal and Joanna Warsza, HAU Berlin, 2015). He taught among others at universities and academies in Berlin, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Vienna, and is a member of the advisory board of DasArts – Master of Theatre, Amsterdam (NL), of Theaterkommission Zurich (CH) and of the advisory board for theatre of the Goethe-Institut.

He is (co-)editor of books like “Not even A Game Anymore. The Theatre of Forced Entertainment” (Alexander Verlag, Berlin, 2004), “Experts of the Everyday. The Theatre of Rimini Protokoll” (Alexander Verlag, 2008) or “Curating Performing Arts” (Frakcija/Zagreb 2010). His latest publications are “Truth is concrete. A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics“ (Sternberg Press Berlin, 2014), “Two Minutes of Standstill. A Collective Performance by Yael Bartana“ (Sternberg Press, 2014), and “Not Just a Mirror. Searching for the Political Theatre of Today“ (Alexander Verlag Berlin/Live Arts Development Agency London, 2015).