Artistic directors

Dietlind Budde
Artistic Manager | Director | Actress | Pedagogue

Dietlind Budde is founder, directress and artistic manager of the AlarmTheater. After studying pedagogy at the FH Bielefeld 1975-1979, she received her teaching in acting at the Teatro Nucleo in Ferrara (Italy) under Cora Herrendorf and Horacio Czertok.

As a member of the ensemble, she traveled throughout much of Europe performing in various projects and productions.

In 1993 she founded the AlarmTheater together with her fellow artist and now husband Harald Otto Schmid. They established a place of "culture for everyone" in Bielefeld. Since then, they have been taking theater wherever it is needed; among other places, to the Bielefeld Brackwede correctional facility, to churches, and to national and international venues.

At the AlarmTheater they have staged more than 50 of their own productions. They have received several awards for this (...)

Budde's work is shaped by her nearly thirty years of experience in the field of applied theater. One of her main concerns is to enable people, and especially young people, to initiate self-effective aesthetic processes, to dissolve the role distribution of performers and audience, and at the same time to develop a high artistic level.

Dietlind Budde has three children and three grandchildren.

"I run the theater as a place of hospitality and experimentation. Always with a restless spirit. I'm not afraid to allow big dreams and then make them come true - extensively, with dedication."

Harald Otto Schmid

Born and grown up in Ulm Harald studied Educational Theory with diploma at Bielefeld University. After that he began training as actor at the Teatro Nucleo/Italy in 1983. After 10 years as permanent member of the ensemble and numerous productions in European countries, he – together with Dietlind Budde – in 1993 founded the AlarmTheatre in Bielefeld, where he is until now working as artistic director.


Katrin Reckers

Chiara Budde
administration and project management

Lilli Tazarni
public relations and project management

Florian Ferrari

Rebecca Budde de Cancino
instalation | scenery | atelier

artistic collaborator

Britta Sophie Bornhöft-Graute
actress | stage direction | theatrical education

Diego Cancino
dance | music | theatrical education

Anna Zimmermann
stage direction | dance | theatrical education

Jonas Theobald
theatrical education