Finger, Reto

Born in Bern in 1972, Reto Finger grew up in the country near Bern. In 1999 he graduated with a law degree and worked for two years in the district court of Zurich. In 2002 he was commissioned to write plays for Theater in der Winkelwiese and Theater an der Sihl, two off theatres in Zurich. He also wrote a radio play for the German broadcasting station SWR. In 2003 he received a Paul Maar scholarship and participated in the dramatists’ workshop in Wolfenbüttel. In 2003/2004 he took part in the Swiss young dramatists’ programme Dramenprozessor. 2004 invitation to Thessaloniki by Magic Net, from April onwards author-in-residence in Langenthal/Switzerland. In July 2004 staged reading of “Schwimmen wie Hunde” at the Burgtheater Vienna as part of the Authors’ Workshop. 2005/2006 “Fernwärme” was written as a commission by the State Theatre of Stuttgart, the Theaterhaus Jena und the sophiensaele Berlin. In 2005 he received the Kleist Encouragement Award for “Kaltes Land” In 2006/2007 he was author-in-residence at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. There he developed the series of “Fingers Freunde” which he continued at the Schauspielhaus Zurich in 2007/2008.

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