Sonja Beißwenger, born in Heilbronn in 1980, studied acting at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hanover from 2001 to 2004. During her student years, she was already engaged by the Hanover Theatre, where she appeared in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 (director: Nicolas Stemann), as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello (director: Lars-Ole Walburg) and as Wendla in Goethe’s Faust (director: Sebastian Baumgarten), among others. She also performed in the productions Hotel Paraiso by Lutz Hübner (director: Barbara Bürk) and Pornography by Simon Stephens (director: Sebastian Nübling), which were both invited to the Berlin Theatre Meeting. Since the 2009/2010 season she has been a regular ensemble member at the Dresden State Theatre. Here she was recently seen as Elisabeth in Schiller’s Don Carlos (director: Roger Vontobel; invited to the 2011 Berlin Theatre Meeting), as Amalia in Schiller’s Die Räuber (director: Sebastian Baumgarten), as Polly in Die Dreigroschenoper by Brecht/Weill (director: Friederike Heller) and as Philidel in Purcell’s semi-opera King Arthur (director: Tilmann Köhler), among others. Under director Andreas Kriegenburg, she performed the roles of Electra in Sartre’s Les Mouches in 2013 and Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the beginning of this year.
In 2007 Sonja Beißwenger received the Encouragement Award of the Society of the Friends of the Hanover Theatre; in 2013 she won the Erich Ponto Prize for outstanding artistic achievements in Dresden.
Current as of June 2014