Madli Pesti is an Estonian theatre critic, theatre researcher, academic and curator. She has graduated from Tartu University, where she studied Scandinavian Language and Literature and Theatre Studies. She has also studied linguistics at the University of Aarhus, theatre research at Humboldt University in Berlin and worked as a guest PhD researcher at the Free University of Berlin. Her PhD thesis focuses on the political theatre of Westen countries.
Since 2009 Madli has been working at the Institute of Cultural Research and Fine Arts of Tartu University as a Lecturer of Theatre Research. She has also been employed as a guest lecturer at Tallinn University, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Viljandi Culture Academy of Tartu University and worked as a Public Relations Manager at the private theatre Von Krahl.
Madli Pesti is the Chairperson of the Society of Theatre Researchers and Critics and a member of the Artistic Board of Estonian Theatre Agency.
Thomas Frank is an international theatre expert from Austria.
For the last eight years he was the artistic director and business manager of brut Vien, the interdisciplinary production centre for performing arts in Vienna:
He has studied communication and media studies at Leipzig University and the University of Glasgow. Having completed his studies in 2000, he first worked as the assistant artistic director, dramaturge and curator at Künstlerhaus MOUSONTRUM in Frankfurt:
In 2005-2007, he was a dramaturge, programmer and the executive producer of national and international performing arts productions at the independent theatre production house Sophiensaele in Berlin:
He has been the curator of several international arts programmes such as ‘plateaux – international platform for young theatre directors’ and the ‘international summer academy’.
Thomas Frank received the Nestroy award of the City of Vienna for the programme at brut for the season 2008/2009.
Brut Wien is a co-production house developing new performances and theatre events in cooperation with independent groups from the Austrian and international theatre scene. Being an intellectual and creative environment for the alternative arts scene in Vienna, it is also one of the most renowned independent theatres in the German speaking area.
Within its two venues – brut im Künstlerhaus and brut im Konzerthaus – brut hosts international, experimental and innovative performative art. Besides contemporary theatre and dance, performances and site-specific projects, lectures, discussions and workshops, the programme contains some of Viennaś most cutting-edge pop concerts and parties. Each season, brut opens its doors for around 300 events.