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Abi Basch (2006-07)
Abi is a playwright, director, and the Artistic Director of German/American physical theater company Kinderdeutsch Projekts ( Her plays have been produced at venues such as Galerie Intransitos (Berlin), Theaterhaus Hildesheim (Hildesheim), the Patravadi Theatre (Bangkok), 7 Stages (Atlanta), and Salvage Vanguard (Austin). She has been awarded two Jerome Fellowships from the Playwrights’ Center and a Fulbright Scholarship. Abi holds an AB in History from Brown University and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. As a German Chancellor Fellow she worked with architect Swen Kaehlert, principal dancers from the Hamburg Ballett, and Kinderdeutsch Projekts to develop a performance resulting in the production of “Foreign C.” at Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater in June 2008. Abi is currently based in San Francisco. (6/26/09)

George Cederquist (2011-12)
Working extensively in opera and music theatre, George was one of ten Americans — and the first opera Stage Director — to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship. During his fellowship in Germany, George acted as a Regieassistent at the Staatstheater Darmstadt under the mentorship of Intendant John Dew. George is now based in Chicago, where he is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fringe Opera, as well as the producer and host of Opera Box Score, America’s talk radio show about opera.  George trained at Northwestern University (MFA in Directing), Yale University (BA in Theatre and English), Pittsburgh Opera (Resident Artist), the Merola Opera Program (Apprentice Stage Director) and Wolf Trap Opera (Directing Fellow). (9/28/16)

Talaya Delaney (2005-06)
Talaya Delaney is a playwright and academic. She has recently completed her doctorate at Harvard University in the History of American Civilization Department and is currently doing a postdoctorate at Vassar College, where she teaches playwriting and history in the drama department. Her plays have been workshopped and produced in Dublin, Berlin, and Houston. Upcoming play productions in 2009 include Harlem Berlin(opening October 2nd in New York), The Irish Queen (opening in July in Western Massachusetts), The North Country (2010), and an as yet untitled piece about Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta, to preview at the Romeras de Mayo in Cuba in May 2010. The short film A House in the North Country, based on her play and directed by Kevin Everson, will be released in the fall of 2009 and a new feature with Kevin is tenatively scheduled to be shot in March 2010 in upstate New York. Talaya will be based in Temuco, Chile for a year beginning in June 2010. (6/26/09)

Ehren Fordyce (2005-06)
Ehren is an independent scholar and artist living in Berlin, Germany, where his work focuses on post-dramatic theatre and documentary film.(12/2/09)

Jonathan Fox (1991-92)
Jonathan Fox is in his 11th season as Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Company, the sole professional theater in Santa Barbara, California. Before that, he was Artistic Director of Two River Theater for 12 seasons. His recent European directing work includes several productions at the English Theater of Frankfurt (including the German premiere of the play Bad Jews), Vienna’s English Theatre (including the Austrian premiere of the play Old Wicked Songs), and Theater Basel. His work has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The LA Times, Variety and other publications, and has been profiled in American Theater Magazine. He has served as adjunct Lecturers at UC Santa Barbara, Columbia University, Monmouth University and University of Utah). As a German Chancellor Fellow, Jonathan studied the German theater system and creative process, and wrote his masters thesis on “Productions of American drama in East Germany from 1945-1991.” He concluded his year in Germany with directing a production of the play Mud in Cologne. (9/28/16)

Sam Hunter (2017-18)
Sam Hunter is a director and playwright based in Los Angeles, working primarily with ensemble companies in the creation of a new and classic works. He was the founding artistic director of the Hungry River Theater Company, a laboratory ensemble based in the Mojave Desert. Today he is the artistic director of The West, a multimedia story-telling collective creating theater, podcasts, short films, museums, and other narrative art. His project for the 2017-18 BUKA Fellowship focused on understanding the structure and development of repertory ensembles and the development of a suitable American model for ensemble repertory theater. (7/12/17)

Mark Jackson (2004-05)
Mark spent his year as a German Chancellor Fellow in Berlin working with and observing a variety of artists and organizations that bring theater and dance together. Mark graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BA in Theater Arts in 1994. He was the founding Artistic Director of Art Street Theatre from 1995 to 2004, during which time he wrote and directed numerous plays for the company. Mark has also written, directed, and/or led theater workshops for Aurora Theatre, Encore Theatre, Shotgun Players, Julie Morgan Center or the Arts, Mime Centrum Berlin, and Universität der Künste Berlin, among others. Mark works as a freelance playwright and director, and regularly serves on the faculties of San Francisco State University and American Conservatory Theater. He returned to Berlin in 2007 to create a new theater piece with Sommer Ulrickson (BUKA 1998), which premiered at Deutsches Theater Berlin. Sommer and Mark will collaborate again on a new piece commissioned by Schauspiel Frankfurt in the Fall of 2009. Mark can be found digitally at (7/2/09)

Daniel Mufson (1995-96)
Daniel is residing in Berlin, where he is a freelance journalist and translator. He was previously Assistant Professor of Theater History at Brooklyn College-CUNY. His expertise is in theater after 1870. As a German Chancellor Fellow, he studied contemporary German theater and researched the European response to Reza Abdoh, the Iranian-American playwright/director who was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. (7/26/07)

Amy Stebbins (2015-2016)
Amy is a theatermaker and scholar. In 2016, she will direct a new opera for the Opernfestspiele of the Bavarian State Opera. In June 2014, her libretto Musical Land premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Tischlerei. Other music-theater collaborations include DUETT with Mike Einziger (lead-guitarist for the American band Incubus), and WOZZECK: A TECHNOPERA with composer/computer scientist Richard Whaling. In 2014, she co-directed “MAKING A (RE)ENTRANCE”, a performance piece developed with ex-offenders from the Chicago Crossroads Adult Transition Center. Ms. Stebbins is also currently writing a dissertation at the University of Chicago that explores the intersections of theater and politics in Berlin during the 1990s. Her research explores questions of acting across theater, film, and opera and the intersection of arts and politics more broadly. From 2011-2013 Ms. Stebbins was a dramaturgy fellow at the Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Akademie Musiktheater Heute. In 2007-2008 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which launched her into a variety of assistant positions at several European theaters – especially the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in History and Literature in 2007. (6/3/15)