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Gregorij H. von Lëitis Edit Profile

artistic director

Gregorij H. von Lëitis, German artistic director. Recipient New York Theatre Club prize, 1986.


Lëitis, Gregorij H. von was born on November 22, 1944 in Wuppertal, Germany.


Studied with Herbert Mensching, Otto Falckenberg School, Munich, 1968. Student art history and theater science, University Munich, 1977. Studied with Lee Strasberg, New York City, 1980.


Founder, artistic director, Elysium Theater Company. New York City, 1983-1991; artistic director, Landestheater Mecklenburg-Neustrelitz, Germany, 1990-1992; artistic director, Elysium - Between Two Continents, Munich-New York City, since 1993; director, Landestheater Linz, Austria, since 1992; director, Theater Bregenz, Austria, since 1994. Chairman award committee Erwin Piscator Award for Directing.

Instructor German drama New York University, 1988-1990.


  • Other Work

    • Appeared on various stages throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Plays include Die Wölfe, Don Carlos, A Buried Child, The Jewish Wife. Films include New York Stories, The Odessa File, The Inheritance.

      Director plays including Romeo and Juliet, The Jewish Wife (New York Theatre Club prize), Woyzeck, Bremen Freedom, Metamorphosis, Emilia Galotti, Iphigenia in Tauris, Happy Days. Director The Double Bass, 1993, Maria by Oskar Zemme, 1993, Happy Days, There's Not a Finer Country by Felix Mitterer, 1993, Grenzland by S. Götestams, 1994, A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka, 1995, Geheime Freunde, 1995, Later Life. Staged various scenes from operas by Mozart for 3d European Debut of Young American Singers, monastery of Andechs, Munich.

      Director opera The Emperor of Atlantis (V. Ullmann), Goethe Institute New York, 1997.