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Source: Koerber Stiftung »Merlin Sandmeyer has an artistic power that immediately assures him the undivided attention of the audience. No matter in which field he plays his soul often enough, his performances have unmistakable traits, “explains the jury under the chair of actor Burghart Klaußner. “His craftsmanship is all about a physical intelligence, a great desire to go beyond the limits of what can be portrayed without losing sight of the figure to be portrayed or even betraying it.” Merlin Sandmeyer, born in 1990 in Saarbrücken, collected first theater experiences during school time. He then worked at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken as an assistant director, musician and finally as an actor. From 2012 to 2016 he completed acting studies at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich, during which he played in various productions of the Munich Kammerspiele. In 2015, he received the OE Hasse Prize for young actors for this work. Also in 2015 he was honored at the acting school meeting with the Marina Buses Solo Prize. From 2016 to 2018 he was a member of the ensemble at the Burgtheater Wien, where he worked with the directors Herbert Fritsch, Johan Simons and Antú Romero Nunes. Here he was nominated in 2017 for the Nestroy Theater Prize in the category “Best Newcomer”. In autumn 2018 he moved to the Thalia Theater. There he plays in »Rome« and »Before the Festival«. He will star in Thalia’s season opening »The Cat and the General«, directed by Jette Steckel, on 31 August. Lothar Dittmer, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Körber Foundation, will award Merlin Sandmeyer the € 10,000 award on 8 December Present at the Thalia Theater in 2019 at 11 am in a matinee. Since 1981, the Körber Foundation has annually awarded the 10,000 Euro Boy Gobert Prize to young, outstanding actresses and actresses on Hamburg stages. The goal is to help them at the beginning of their careers. The award is reminiscent of the theatrical actor and longtime director of the Thalia Theater Boy Gobert (1925-1986). In 2019, the prize will be awarded for the 39th time. Previous winners include Ulrich Tukur, Martin Wuttke, Susanne Wolff, Hans Loew, Gala Othero Winter and Paul Behren.Press releaseBoy Gobert Prize


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