Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, Germany, on February 10, 1898. His study of philosophy and medicine at the University of Munich was interrupted by military service during WWI. After the war, he attended Artur Kutscher’s theater seminar and wrote his first play, “Baal” (1918). In 1922, his first play to be performed, “Drums in the Night,” opened in Munich and later at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.
Jana Brejchová, born on January 20, 1940 in Prague, is one of the Czech Republic's most popular and familiar starring actresses. Her film career began when she was 13; she has since performed in about 70 films. After finishing school she worked as a secretary and acted in few films. Her first outstanding success came with Jiri Weiss’ The Wolf Trap (Vlci Jama, 1957).
Annekathrin Bürger was born on April 3, 1937 in Berlin. Bürger first worked as a set design assistant after she failed her entrance examination to drama school.
Ernst Busch was born in Kiel on January 22, 1900. He was trained as a machinist, but took classes in the performing arts as well. In the fall of 1921, he got his first engagement at the theater in Kiel and, in 1927, he became a member of the Erwin Piscator’s Theater Collective in Berlin. He was also a prominent figure in the Berlin cabaret scene in the 1920s.
Evelyn Carow was born in Berlin in 1931. She began her film career in 1949 as an apprentice at a film laboratory. After completing her training in 1952, she was hired by the DEFA Studios as an assistant editor. Her first projects were short documentary films produced in DEFA’s Educational Film Department, where she met her husband, director Heiner Carow.
Heiner Carow was born in Rostock, Germany, on September 19, 1929. When he was 21, he applied to DEFA’s Studio for Young Talent, where he would study directing with Slatan Dudow and Gerhard Klein, among others. Carow debuted with short documentaries produced at the DEFA Studio for Popular Science Films.
Stefan Carow was raised in East Berlin, where he focused on music and became an accomplished pianist. He performed concerts both in Europe and the US. His film scores include DEFA titles such as Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns, Die Schauspielerin, Coming Out, Verfehlung and Vater Mutter Mörderkind.
Alexandra Czok was born in Leipzig, East Germany, in 1970. After German unification, she worked as a photographer for Fandango publishing house in Hannover. From 1994 to 1997, she studied cultural history at the Universität Hildesheim and worked as an assistant director of photography. In 1997, she began studying cinematography at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Bebelsberg.
Jörg d’Bomba was born in Ratibor (now Racibórz), Poland, on April 12, 1930. After WWII, he settled in the western part of Germany and worked in various professions. He studied architecture, acting, and directing. At the end of the 1950s, he moved to East Germany.
Painter, filmmaker, author and media artist Lutz Dammbeck was born in Leipzig in 1948. He studied at the Academy for Graphic Art and Book Design from 1967 to 1972. While a student he started working with animation and proposed ideas for films to the DEFA Studio for Animation Film. But it was not until 1975 that he produced Der Mond (The Moon), his first animated film.