was born in 1976 in Hamburg.
Used to live and work as a theatre/film director and curator in Kiev, Moscow, Sofia and Hamburg.
His work focuses on creating interdisciplinary dialogue on the topic of democracy.
Georg has directed and curated more than 80 theatre projects in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Germany, which got awards and participated at festivals in Berlin, Warschau, London, Hamburg, Basel, St.Petersburg, Kiev, Riga, Helsinki, Talin, Jerewan, Sofia, Moscow, Porto etc.
He studied directing at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow (GITIS) from 1999-2003.
In 2000 he worked as an assistant director of Frank Castorf and assistant dramaturge of Stefanie Carp on the performance “Fatherland”, based on the Robert Harris' novel. Project was a co-production of Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Volksbühne Berlin.
He was the co-founder of Teatr.doc in 2002 in Moscow, where until 2012 he worked as a director and curator of documentary projects. Georg Genoux was the producer and co-director of Mikhail Ugarov’s production "One Hour Eighteen Minutes": a play about the murder of Russian attorney Sergei Magnitsky (2010).
In 2003 he played the leading role in the movie “In the sign of Taurus”, directed by Petr Todorovski.
In 2006 he founded the international theatre collaborating production Democracy.doc, supported by the Freie Kunsschule Hamburg - FIU e.V.. Democracy.doc organized more then 80 projects in Easteurope since that time, often supported by the Goethe Institut in Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
From 2008 to 2013 Georg was the artistic director of the Joseph Beuys Theater in Moscow.
2010 - 2012 he developed the theatre program for Sakharov Centre in Moscow and the Memorial Society. In 2012 he was the curator of the theatre program "Breaking the borders" in the Sakharov Centre, supported by the European Commission and the curator of the theatre program "Memory Drama" in Memorial Society.
In 2010-2011 Georg Genoux worked in the artistic direction of the Alexei Kasanzev' Playwright and Director Center in Moscow and at the Theater for Young Spectators in Saratov.
2012-2013 he also developed projects at the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Moscow.
2012-2015, Georg worked as the artistic director of the Interdisciplinary Theatre Laboratory NEDRAma by the Replica Theatre in Sofia (Bulgaria).
Since 2013 Georg Genoux has worked as a guest teacher at the Freie Kunstschule Hamburg (FREE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY).
2015-2017 Georg Genoux was together with Nataliya Vorozhbyt and Alexei Karachinski the artistic directors of the project "Theater of Displaced People" in Kiev.
In September 2016 he was the curator of the theatre program "Stage of Displaced People" at Gogolfest 2016 in Kiev, supported by the UN Agency for Refugees in Ukraine (UNHCR).
Since 2018 Georg Genoux has worked together with film-production company Boekamp & Kriegsheim GmbH (Berlin) on film and theatre projects, for example “The country I don’t know” in Saxony (Germany).
Since 2019 he has been the artistic director of the international school theatre project “Town to take with me” in Donbass region (Ukraine), supported by the Eastern Partnerships program of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Awards and participation at festivals
In 2019 his theatre performance "The country I don't know" took part at the festival "Our Stage" by Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
In 2017 his film "School #3" got the Grand Prix Award by the program "Generation 14+" of the 67th Berlin Filmfestspiele (Berlinale) and participated in more than 10 international film festivals.
In December 2015 Theater of Displaced People was selected as the “Main achievement of Ukrainian Theater in 2015” by the newspaper “Gazeta.ua”.
In 2015 and 2016 his documentary projects "My Mykolaivka", "Where is East?", "Product", "Captivity", "Dad will sort it out" took part in the GogolFest in Kiew.
In 2014 President of the Repuplic of Bulgaria Rossen Plewneliew presented the Award "Stojan Kambarev" for contemporary art to Theater Replika for their projects with the director Georg Genoux "Truth… Beyond the Arctic Circle", "A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians", "We are the Rubbish from Eastern Europe".
His documentary project “Lear Rehearses Death” was invited to the "Russian Case" program of the 2014 Golden Mask Festival in Moscow.
In 2012 Georg staged the Joseph Beuys text “A Call for an Alternative” at National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Moscow as a part of the Joseph Beuys exhibition.
In 2012 his production CRISIS was invited to the 7th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin.
In 2011 his project Democracy.doc was invited to the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
In 2011 he was called as ‘Man of the Year in Russian Theater’ by the Moscow Times Newspaper.
In 2011 his performance “Everything is fine between us” by the the polish playwright Dorota Maslowska was invited in the "New Plays" program of the Golden Mask Festival.
In 2010, 2011 and 2013 his productions “Third Watch”, “Pavlik is my God”, “One Hour Eighteen Minutes” and “Uzbek” were nominated for the Golden Mask Award in Moscow in nomination "Best experimental theatre project of the year".
In 2006 and 2007 his performances “Democracy.doc” and “The Truth..beyond the arctic circle” were invited to the NEW DRAMA Festival in Moscow.
Press about Georg Genoux
""Documentary theatre has developed from а niche experiment for a narrow audience to a definite trend that has notably evolved onstage practice at the heart of which are documentary interviews........The activity of Theatre of Displaced People (the work of director Georg Genoux and playwright Natalia Vorozhbyt) played an important role in the development of this movement. The fundamental focus of this team has become the war in the East of Ukraine and the fate of people who have fallen under the wheels of history. The activity of the Theatre of Displaced People has gone far outside the frame of theatrical form. It has also become a centre of psychological adaptation for people from the East and Crimea as well as the envoy of peace in areas close to the conflict zone. Free from loud declarations and bathetic announcements, the team has done much more in the matter of establishing dialogue and exhibiting loyalty to displaced people from Donbass than all the state programmes put together…"