Fred Apke

Fred Apke, writer for the screen and theatre, director and actor born in1959 in Bad Oeynhausen, Westphalia. He graduated from acting school in Berlin and performed on a number of German stages. From 1987 he worked for Norwegian television as a script writer and actor. He directed for both TV and Norwegian theatres. In 1989, his début play, Closed due to Illness, shown in Oslo’s Black Box Theatre, brought considerable success. In 1991 he returned to Germany, where he continued acting and directing. The plays he directed in – Kampnagelfabrik Hamburg, Stadttheater Fürth, Stadtheater Herford, Theater am Ufer Berlin, Deutsches Theater Berlin (Baracke) – included works by Shakespeare, Goethe, Nestroy, Molière, Ibsen, Strindberg and, among other contemporary authors, Enquist. In 1987, he received the Nordrhein-Westfalen stipend for his play Glass Eyes. “Die Welt” described his tragicomedy entitled Vinyl and performed by the Berlin-based group Kerkhoff as the most accurate portrait of the turn of the century generation of German thirtysomethings. The play has been shown Germany round. In 2000 Fred Apke has received an acting award for a contemporary comedy role during the Bavarian Theatre Days. Since his “Faust” production for the Polish theatre in 2003 he lives and works primarily in Poland, where most of his theatre and radio plays were produced till now. In 2009 Apke won the first prize of the polish youth theatre association. In 2010 he was a prize winner of the Lodz competition of comedy writers. Currently, he designed, in collaboration with the Israeli composer Noam Vazana, a version of the golem legend for a Polish musical theater.
Fred Apke lives in Warsaw and Berlin.