TMR/ Theater Montagnes Russes is a theater company based in Vienna and is run by Director Cornelia Rainer.
LENZ, stage model

The company is represented in Austria and abroad.

The production "Lenz" was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival / Young Directors Project 2012 and took place in a wooden roller coaster and gives it's name to the company. In 2016, the production "Lenz" has been invited to the 70th Festival d'Avignon in France and has been performed at the venue Cours-Saint Joseph.

TMR / Theater Montagnes Russes produces novel and piece adaptations, develops new plays and contemporary theater texts, works on music theater productions as well as on film projects for the domestic and international theater- and film scene. For each project, the artistic team brings together guest interpreters from the fields of theater, dance, film and music, and develops projects on an international level. The entire ensemble is actively involved in the research and development process: Psychological processes are captured in atmospherically charged spatial images in terms of language, music and body.

"Montagnes Russes" is the French term for roller coasters. Literally translated, it means "Russian mountains". Legend has it that a prototype of a roller coaster was invented in the Russian mountains, where slopes were iced in order to enable more adventurous rides.


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Cornelia Rainer

Cornelia Rainer, was born 1982 in Lienz, Austria. She studied theater, 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 theater scholarships with Peter Brook, George Banu, Marina Abramovic and Jan Fabre. During her studies in Paris, she became a guest student at the Théâtre du Mouvement in Paris and the Peking Opera School in Taiwan and she worked as an intern at the Thalia Theater Hamburg with Andreas Kriegenburg. From 2005-2009 she is 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 presented work at the Burgtheater Kasino Vienna​, the Thalia Theater Hamburg, the Salzburg Festival/Young Directors Project, the Bregenz Festival, the Festival Wien Modern and the Theater Dschungel Wien, the Tyrolian Festival Erl, the National Theater Klagenfurt, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Theater an der Wien/Hölle and the Théâtre du Rond Point Paris. Her productions have had guest performances at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg and at the Akademietheater Vienna.

With her theater company TMR/ Theater Montagnes Russes she is represented in Austria and internationally, i.e. at the 70 th Festival d'Avignon 2016 with  "Lenz" after Georg Büchner. Cornelia Rainer brought adaptations of novels and classical works to stage, as well as plays of her own. With her production "Johanna"- she was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award 2014.

Cornelia Rainer has been a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, at the University of Music Graz and the Vienna Privat Conservatoire for dramatic arts.  In Vienna she is leading the TMR/ Studio Vienna, where she develops and combines differents fields of her theater company: Artistic theater- and filmprodcution, arts and cultural education, and "applied artistic research".Here the TMR/ International Masterclass Program and the TMR/ theater-and filmacademy for young people take their starting careers.


Matthias Mamedof

born in 1979, he graduated from the Skihighschool Stams as a ski jumper. He completed his acting education at the Vienna Conservatory. He had numerous engagements including at the Theater of Youth Vienna, Dietheater Künstlerhaus, Hamakom Nestroyhof. From 2009 to 2015, he has been an ensemble member of the Vienna Volkstheater. There he played numerous main roles, including, Kilian & Herman Blau („The Dyer and his Twin Brother“), Erich Collin („The Comedian Harmonists“), Sigmund Sülzheimer („In the White Horse Inn“), Christopher Boone („The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time“), Sosias („Amphitryon“), Camille Chandebise („Flea in the Ear“), E.T.A Hoffmann („The Nutcracker“), Florian („The Diamond of the Ghost King“), Rappelkopf („The Alpine King and the Misanthrope“). Matthias Mamedof has been nominated for numerous awards, including 2007 Nestroy Nomination in the Category „Best new talent“, 2012 Dorothea Neff Award in the category„Best new talent“, 2015 Dorothea Neff Prize „Audience Award“, 2015 Nestroy nomination „Best Supporting Role“.
Matthias Mamedof lives in Vienna.



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