Cornelia Rainer, born 1982 in Lienz, studied theatre, french and philosophy at the University of Vienna and the Nouvelle Sorbonne in Paris, as well as classical solo singing at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Pantin and the Conservatoire for Sacred Music in Vienna. She completed international theatre scholarships including one with Peter Brook, George Banu, Marina Abramovic and Jan Fabre (Festival Avignon 2005). She became a guest student at the Théâtre du Mouvement in Paris and the Peking Opera School in Taiwan. She was an intern at the Thalia Theater Hamburg with Andreas Kriegenburg and from 2005-2009 she was an assistant director at the Burgtheater in Vienna working alongside Andrea Breth, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Karin Beier, Stefan Bachmann and Jan Bosse.
Since 2009 she has been an independent director and her productions have been staged at, for example, the Thalia Theater Hamburg, The Bregenzer Festspiele, the Festival Wien Modern and the Theater Dschungel Wien, the Tyrolian Festival Erl, the National Theatre Klagenfurt, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, The Theater an der Wien/Hölle, the Salzburg Festival/Young Directors Project, and the Burgtheater Vienna. Her productions have had guest performances at the Deutschen Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and at the Akademietheater in Vienna.
Cornelia Rainer brought adaptations of novels and classical works to the stage, as well as plays of her own. With her play "Johanna" she was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award 2014.
The production "Lenz", commissioned and produced by the Salzburg Festiva/YDP, she was invited to the 70th Festival d’Avignon 2016.
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 the 2017/2018 season she will be represented at the Theatre du Rond Point in Paris for the first time, in the performance series "La Piste d’envol" with the play "7 Seconds of Eternity" by Peter Turrini.
Cornelia Rainer lives in Vienna.
Literature Scholarship 2012
In competition of the "Montblanc Young Directors Award"
"Stella, performing art price" in the category "outstanding production for young audience" (Nominaion)
"Young Directors Award" by the Austrian Cultural Ministry
Outstanding Artist Award – Performing Arts by the Austrian Federal Chancellery, 2014
Outstanding Artist Award, Statement of the Jury
"Born in 1982 in East Tyrol, Cornelia Rainer has now directed continuouslyfor several years, both for the independent scene as well as for established theaters in Austria, Germany and abroad. Of particular significance in her work are projects that represent a young audience. With the founding of her theater company Theater Montagnes Russes she creates - mostly self-developed pieces, which are outfitted with a great seriousness in dealing with the realities of life of children and adolescents and the clever and an imaginative implementation on stage. Another special aspect of her productions is that they are rhythmically precise and refined; it will not surprise you that the director is also a musician. A representative example of her work is certainly the performance, an adaptation of a historical figure for a young audience aged 13 years. The truly brisk staging has wit and precision and is very close to the reality of life for young people. Strained attention and big enthusiasm among the viewers - that is probably the most convincing argument!"
Jury: Christine Bauer, Peter Fasshuber, Mag. Verena Franke, Dr. Doris Happl, Dr. Peter Huber, Elio Gervasi, Petra Paterno, Mag. Maja Schlatte, Dr. Lothar Schreiner