Max Simonischek, born in Berlin in 1982, grew up in Zurich and in Schleswig-Holstein. From 2003 to 2007 he studied acting at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and joined the ensemble of the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin in 2007. There, he worked regularly with Armin Petras (Fritz Kater’s Heaven – winner of the Friedrich Luft Award, We Are Blood, Mephisto Forever, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Jonathan Littell’s Les bienveillants) as well as with Tilman Köhler (Shakespeare’s Hamlet), Nuran David Calis (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), Felicitas Brucker (Lilja 4-ever, based on the movie by Lukas Moodysson) and Jan Bosse (Sophocles/Hölderlin’s Antigonae/Hyperion). Since 2012 he has been a regular ensemble member at the Munich Kammerspiele. Here, he was most recently seen in the world premiere of Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Straße. Die Stadt. Der Überfall (director: Johan Simons; invited to the Berlin Theatre Meeting in 2013), in O’Neill’s Strange Interlude. A Family Saga (director: Ivo van Hove, 2013), in Kafka’s Amerika (director: Julie Van den Berghe, 2013), in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (director: Karin Henkel, Johan Simons, 2013) and in Gertrude Stein’s Laboratory 2 – Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (director: Caitlin van der Maas, 2014).
Current as of 2014
In 2003 he made his Salzburg Festival debut as the Cook in Christian Stückl’s production of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann.
Max Simonischek is also regularly seen on film and TV. He appeared in Markus Imboden’s Der Verdingbub (2011, Prix Walo and Bavarian Film Prize) and Am Hang (2013). He was also featured in the two-part TV film Hindenburg (2011; German TV Award) and in Lars Becker’s comedy Wir machen durch bis morgen früh (2013).