Biography

Cornelia Maria Rainer, born in Lienz/ Tyrol, works as a director in Austria and internationally
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Productions
Female Eye Film Festival, Tiff Bell Light Box Toronto/ Canada
Toronto International Women Film Festival
Festival d'Avignon (IN)/ France
Salzburg Festival/ Young Directors Project
Burgtheater Vienna
Thalia Theater Hamburg
CDN Rouen / France
Bregenz Festival
Wien Modern Music Festival
Theater Dschungel Vienna
Tyrolean Music Festival Erl
National Theater Klagenfurt
Raimundspiele Gutenstein
Opera House Trier/ Germany
Luxembourg Philharmonic
Theater an der Wien/Hölle
Akademietheater Vienna
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg/ Germany

Cornelia Maria Rainer studied theater, french and philosophy at the University of Vienna and the Nouvelle Sorbonne in Paris. During her studies she was an intern at the Tyrolean Festival Erl, at the Théâtre de l'Atalante in Paris and the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. From 2005-2009 she was an assistant director at the Burgtheater in Vienna, where she brought to stage her first productions. She completed international theater scholarships with George Banu at the Institut Théâtrale at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, with Peter Brook at the Théâtre Bouffes du Nord and with Marina Abramovic at the Festival d'Avignon. She was a guest student at the Théâtre du Mouvement in Paris and the Peking Opera School in Taiwan. She completed her theater studies with a degree in 2012 at the University of Vienna with ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Monika Meister.
For her production Johanna she has been awarded with the Outstanding Artist Award  from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art and Culture and was nominated for the Stella.Darstellender Kunst Preis. Her production Lenz was in competition for the Montblanc Young Directors Award of the Salzburg Festival. For her work as an author, she received the Literature- and the Frensh Translation Scholarship from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art and Culture / Literature.

In her childhood and youth Cornelia Maria Rainer received education in oboe and singing lessons. After graduating from school, she studied classical solo singing at the Ecole National de Musique de Pantin in Paris and completed her singing studies in song and oratorio at the Conservatory for Church Music in Vienna.

Cornelia Rainer has been a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, at the Musikuniversität Graz and the Vienna Privat Conservatoire for dramatic arts. In Vienna she directed the TMR / International Masterclass Program and the TMR / Theater-and Filmacademy for young people. Since 2017 she has been a member of the jury of the Federal Ministry of Art and Culture in the Music and Performing Arts department. 

In 2022 her film  GIL AND DOLE had been selected for several international festivals among others, for the Female Eye Film Festival/ Toronto. The World Premiere took place in June 2022 at TiFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto/ Canada. The film received an "Honorable Mention" at the narrative foreign feature competition. 

Cornelia Maria Rainer lives in Vienna with her husband and their two children. back

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