Melanie Mederlind

Melanie Mederlind graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2004 with a degree in Directing for Performing Arts. She has directed theatre, radio theatre, opera and dance, and has established herself as a director of mainly German speaking drama. Melanie has also worked as a translator of Swedish drama into Portuguese, among others Strindberg, Dagerman and Lars Norén.

Melanie directed the first Scandinavian performance of Ulrike Maria Stuart by Elfriede Jelinek at the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway, which was the opening production at the Contemporary Stage Festival of 2007, and received the Hedda Award 2008 nomination for Best Director. Her productions include Les Adieux (Das Lebewohl) by Elfriede Jelinek, which was the latter’s Swedish stage premiere, and the first Swedish performance of The Woman from Before (Die Frau von früher) by Roland Schimmelpfennig, a production that was selected for the Swedish Theatre Biennial of 2011. She staged several productions at the Riksteatern, Sweden's leading nationwide theatre, among others In the Alps (In den Alpen) by Elfriede Jelinek, and 24 hours Berlin (Auf der Greifswalderstrasse) by Roland Schimmelpfennig, a production that was invited to the Tampere Theatre Festival of 2008.

Melanie Mederlind was an artist-in-residence at Folkteatern during 2009-2013, where she directed three productions: Sense (Sinn) by Anja Hilling in 2010, which was the exam production of the acting students at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, Holy Joan from the Slaughterhouse (Die Heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe) by Bertolt Brecht in 2011, and most recently What happened after Nora left her husband (Was geschah nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen hatte) by Elfriede Jelinek in 2013.

Melanie Mederlind was awarded a Long-Term Working Grant in Performing Arts (2012) by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Her productions, based on the plays of Elfriede Jelinek in Sweden and Norway, are mentioned in the book Theatrale Grenzgänge, published by the Elfriede Jelinek Forschungszentrum in 2009.


Melanie Mederlind will direct a workshop with belgian artists in Folkteatern Göteborg in may 2013.
Production Folkteatern Göteborg in collaboration with Théâtre National/Bruxelles.