Monique Schwitter

Intro Swiss actor and writer
Is Actor Writer Playwright Stage actor
From Switzerland
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 2 March 1972, Zürich, Switzerland
Star sign Pisces
Short story

Monique Schwitter (born March 2, 1972 in Zurich, Switzerland) is a Swiss writer and actress.

Life and career

Monique Schwitter studied stage direction and theater at the Mozarteum Salzburg from 1993 to 1997. Having graduated, she worked as an actress at top-level houses for five years, such as the Schauspielhaus Zürich, the Schauspiel Frankfurt, and Schauspielhaus Graz. She was then an ensemble member at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Throughout that period, she was a reciter, a dubbing actor and directed and produced several literary features about Peter Handke, Ernst Jandl, Raymond Queneau, and Sarah Kane. At the Deutsche Schauspielhaus she curated a literary salon and performed as a blues singer. In her acting career, she regularly was part of numerous theater festivals, such as Mülheimer Theatertagen (1999), "Reich und Berühmt" in Berlin (2001), "Theater der Welt" in Stuttgart (2005), Vienna Festival (2006), Salzburg Festival (2006), "Theaterformen" in Hannover (2007) und Berliner Theatertreffen (2008). Starting 2002, she contributed prose and short stories in various literary magazines. After the editor Alfred Kolleritsch had become interested in her work, she published much of her early work in the Austrian literary magazine Manuskripte. Her first collection of short stories, Wenn's schneit beim Krokodil, was published in 2005 and was awarded the Robert-Walser Preis (2006) and a prize by the Deutsche Schillerstiftung. In 2008, the theater Lucerne comissed the piece Himmels-W, which premiered there on April 3, 2008. In the same year, she was invited to participate in the Max-Frisch-Symposium at the University Brussels. Her debut novel Ohren haben keine Lider was also released in 2008 and was translated into Chinese in 2010 for the Expo in Shanghai. Her second volume of short stories, Goldfish Memory (Ger.: Goldfischgedächtnis), was launched in 2011. In 2010, Monique Schwitter decided to end her acting career, in order to pursue writing full-time. Nominated by Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, she took part at the Festival of German-Language Literature (Ingeborg-Bachmann-Prize) in 2015. Her novel Eins im Andern was short listed for the German Book Prize (Ger.: Deutscher Buchpreis) and received the Swiss Book Prize (Ger.: Schweizer Buchpreis). The novel is about a forty-year-old woman who during a random google search discovers that her first love had committed suicide many years ago. Learning this, she recounts the biography of her love life by telling the story of twelve previous lovers. In 2016, it was awarded the Swiss Literary Prize (Ger.: Schweizer Literaturpreis). Her work has been translated into several languages, including French, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Russian, Polish, and English. Schwitter lives in Hamburg.

Published works

Wenn's schneit beim Krokodil. Short Stories. Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2005, ISBN 978-3-8542-0694-1. Ohren haben keine Lider. Novel. Residenz, Salzburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-7017-1494-0. Himmels-W. Theater piece 2008. Goldfischgedächtnis. Short Stories. Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2011, ISBN 978-3-8542-0789-4. Goldfish Memory Cardigan:Parthian 2015 Eins im Andern. Novel. Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2015, ISBN 978-3-85420-969-0.


2001: Nestroy-Nomination, best young actor for the role of Mariedl in Die Präsidentinnen by Werner Schwab 2003: Nestroy-Nomination, best young actor for performing Janis Joplin and Marie in Woyzeck by Georg Büchner 2004: Hermann-Lenz-Stipendium 2005: Preis der Marianne und Curt Dienemann-Stiftung 2006: Robert-Walser-Preis 2006: Förderpreis der Schweizerischen Schillerstiftung 2011: Rotahorn Literaturpreis 2012: Aufenthalts-Stipendium der Sparte Literatur im Künstlerhaus Lauenburg 2015: Schweizer Buchpreis, for Eins im Andern 2016: Stipendium des Heinrich-Heine-Hauses der Stadt Lüneburg 2016: Schweizer Literaturpreis

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