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Anastasija Harrowna Bräuniger was born in Berlin and grew up in Moscow, Great Britain, and Germany. She studied acting at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. In 2014 she received the Proskenion Nachwuchsförderpreis für Darstellende Künste, a biennial young actors/actresses award. After graduating with a Diploma of Excellence she became a company member of Stadttheater Heilbronn and played among other roles: Antigone in Sophokles Antigone, Princess Eboli in Don Carlos by Schiller and Virginia in Brecht's Life of Galilei. In Heilbronn, she initiated and organized various projects including the exhibition a vast country with her paintings, drawings, and photographs. The walk-in installation FLUCHTPUNKT BERLINER PLATZ on Heilbronn's theatre square dealt with the German asylum policy.

In 2016, she directed the short film CHAMPIONS in Iraq, which was invited and awarded at various film festivals, including the Human Rights Film Festival San Sebastian.

After leaving the theatre structures in 2016, she founded FLUGWERK e.V. in Berlin, a rehearsal stage for process-oriented work in the field of theatre, performance, and dance. In the same year, she started her directing studies at the renowned Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin.

Out of her passion for communication, conflict management and working with various groups in artistic and educational contexts, she began an in-service mediation training at Mediationsbüro Mitte. The short film INTERVIEW was created in cooperation with the NGO SWISS4SYRIA in South Lebanon. Anastasija worked for the NGO in 2018 and 2019 when she initiated a Film and Theatre Summer Camp for the students of the community centre.  Parallel to that she staged different works eg. Landschaft im Sturz which connected different media such as installation, film and theater. 

 

In 2020 she won the Regie Nachwuchswettbewerb in Erlangen (Vol. IV), a young directors award for her concept PROTEST4. She will stage the documentary devised theatre piece in summer/autumn 2020. This project is supported by Goethe Institute Chile and by Goethe Institute Hong Kong .