Joachim Meyerhoff

Joachim Philipp Maria Meyerhoff
Photograph of Joachim Meyerhoff in 2015
Joachim Meyerhoff as Kreon in Antigone at the Burgtheater, 2015
Born1967 (age 51–52)
OccupationActor, director, actor

Joachim Philipp Maria Meyerhoff (born 1967 in Homburg) is a German actor, director, and writer.


Joachim Meyerhoff is the youngest son of Hermann Meyerhoff, who was the director of the psychiatric clinic in Hesterberg, Schleswig-Holstein, since 1972. The director's house was on the grounds of the clinic. Joachim spent his childhood with two older brothers on the clinic grounds in Schleswig-Holstein. At 17, he spent a year in Laramie, Wyoming. During this time, his middle brother was killed in an automobile accident. After his return, Joachim Meyerhoff completed his high school studies (Abitur) and would have performed his compulsory community service as a swimming-pool supervisor at the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich. Instead, he completed his training as an actor between 1989 and 1992 at the Otto Falckenberg School of the Performing Arts in Munich. After commitments at the Staatstheater Kassel, in Bielefeld, Dortmund and the Bühnen der Stadt Köln, he joined the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin in 2001, where he also frequently directed. In 2002, he moved to the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, where he stayed until 2005. He acted there in productions by Volker Hesse, Thomas Langhoff, Stefan Otteni, Karin Beier, Sebastian Hartmann and Günter Krämer. Since September 2005, Joachim Meyerhoff has been an ensemble member of the Burgtheater in Vienna. At the beginning of the 2013 season, he returned to the Deutsche Schauspielhaus under the leadership of artistic director Karin Beier. However, he remains a member of the Viennese Burgtheater.[1]

In addition to his work as an actor, Meyerhoff has frequently conceived his own programs. His project Alle Toten fliegen hoch regularly played at the Burgtheater Vienna to a full audience.[2] In this autobiographical, six-part program, Meyerhoff tells the story of his life and family. He tells of his siblings, his grandparents in Munich, his father, the director of a child and youth psychiatric clinic in Schleswig, his upbringing on the grounds on the institution, and his exchange year in America. He was invited to perform the first three parts of the series at the Berliner Theatertreffen 2009. In 2011, the first part (Amerika) was published as a book by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.[3]

In 2006 and 2007, Meyerhoff was nominated for the Nestroy-Preis. He was chosen as Actor of the Year in 2007 for playing the role of Hamlet at the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the role of Benedict in Jan Bosse's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing. He received the 2011 Franz-Tumler-Literaturpreis and the 2012 advancement award of the Bremer Literaturpreis for his novel Alle Toten fliegen hoch. Amerika. In 2014, he was recognized for his work in the role of Arnolphe in The School for Wives (Schauspielhaus Hamburg, producer: Herbert Fritsch) with the Rolf-Mares-Preis.[4] In 2015, his interpretation of Kreon in Jette Steckel's production of Antigone at the Burgtheater was praised by the public and press.[5]

Meyerhoff is the grandson of the actor Inge Birkmann, whose second marriage was to the philosopher Hermann Krings. Meyerhoff has two daughters by Christiane von Poelnitz, who is an actor at the Burgtheater.

Roles in theater

Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg

Schauspielhaus Zürich

Burgtheater Vienna

As director

  • 2001: Venedikt Yerofeyev's Moskau – Petuschki
  • 2003: Erich Kästner's Fabian
  • 2005: Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war?
  • 2006: Marathon: 2:04:55
  • 2007–2009: Alle Toten fliegen hoch (parts 1–3 were invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen 2009)
    • 2007: Alle Toten fliegen hoch, Teil 1: Amerika
    • 2008: Alle Toten fliegen hoch, Teil 2: Zuhause in der Psychiatrie
    • 2008: Alle Toten fliegen hoch, Teil 3: Die Beine meiner Großmutter
    • 2008: Alle Toten fliegen hoch, Teil 4: Theorie und Praxis
    • 2009: Alle Toten fliegen hoch, Teil 5: Heute wärst Du zwölf
    • 2009: Alle Toten fliegen hoch, Teil 6: Ach diese Lücke, diese entsetzliche Lücke

Roles on film

  • 2005: Tatort – Stille Tage, director: Thomas Jauch
  • 2005: Doppelter Einsatz – Seitensprung in den Tod, director: Peter Patzak
  • 2011: Rubbeldiekatz, as American Director
  • 2017: Bibi & Tina – Tohuwabohu total!, director: Detlev Buck

Literary works

  • Amerika. (Alle Toten fliegen hoch. No. 1), Cologne 2011, ISBN 978-3-462-04292-4
  • Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war. (Alle Toten fliegen hoch. No. 2), Cologne 2013, ISBN 978-3-462-04516-1
  • Ach, diese Lücke, diese entsetzliche Lücke. (Alle Toten fliegen hoch. No. 3), Cologne 2015, ISBN 978-3-462-04828-5
  • Die Zweisamkeit der Einzelgänger. (Alle Toten fliegen hoch. No. 4), Cologne 2017, ISBN 978-3-462-04944-2


  • 2006: Nestroy Theatre Prize – Nominated – Best Actor for Schauspielerische Gesamtleistung in der Saison 2005/06
  • 2007: Nestroy Theatre Prize – Nominated – Best Actor for Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2007: Schauspieler des Jahres – Critic's Prize from the trade journal Theater heute
  • 2011: Nestroy Theatre Prize – Nominated – Best Actor for Professor Bernhardi in Professor Bernhardi
  • 2012: Nestroy Theatre Prize – Best Actor for Erek in The Commune
  • 2012: Advancement Prize of the Bremer Literaturpreis for his novel Alle Toten fliegen hoch. Amerika
  • 2014: Rolf-Mares-Preis – Outstanding service as actor in The School of Wives, Schauspielhaus Hamburg
  • 2016: Nicolas Born Prize (Inaugural prize)
  • 2016: Euregio-Schüler-Literaturpreis for Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war[6]
  • 2017: Carl Zuckmayer Medal.
  • 2017: Deutscher Hörbuchpreis in the category "Best Discussion" for his reading Ach, diese Lücke, diese entsetzliche Lücke.
  • 2017: Election to the Academy of Arts, Berlin[7]
  • 2017: Schauspieler des Jahres[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Joachim Meyerhoff geht ans Schauspielhaus Hamburg". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  2. ^ „Alle Toten fliegen hoch“, Burgtheater Wien, 2012 Archived 2014-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Rakow, Christian. "Alle Toten fliegen hoch. Teil 1: Amerika – Joachim Meyerhoffs gefeierte Jugenderinnerungen jetzt in Druckform".
  4. ^ Stiekele, Annette (2014-10-24). "Hamburg - Aktuelle News aus den Stadtteilen - Hamburger Abendblatt". Hamburg Abendblatt (in German). Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  5. ^ Villiger Heilig, Barbara (2015-06-01). ""Antigone" im Burgtheater Wien: Fromm oder frech". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  6. ^ "Die jungen Leute von heute sind toll!". Aachener Nachrichten (in German). 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  7. ^ Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2017-07-07). "Vier Autorinnen aufgenommen". (in German). Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  8. ^ "Joachim Meyerhoff zum Schauspieler des Jahres gewählt". (in German). 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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