EN / DE / FR / PL / ΕΛ / ES / IT / LT / RO
EN / DE / FR / PL / ΕΛ / ES / IT / LT / RO
Dennis Schwabenland, actor, speaker, Berlin
© Rob Lewis
  • Actor
  • speaker
Born 1983 in /aufgewachsen in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Ruhrgebiet) (40 Years)

Basic data

DialectsBerliners, Hamburgisch, Koelsch, Ruhrpott
SingingChansonClassicMusicalRock/PopSchlagerSoul / RnB
Instrumentsaccordioncajónchimeselectric guitarguitarkeyboard/synthesizerpiano
Skills (dance)Argentine TangoLatin-AmericanStandard
Skills (sports)aikidobadmintonkick boxingping-pongsoccerstick fightingswordplaytrack and fieldyoga
Immediate working areaBerlin
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Berlin
LicencesB (car) [eu], L (tractor) [eu], M (autocycle) [eu]


Phone+49 228 5020880-24,-32,-25,-22



All videos


About Dennis Schwabenland

Dennis Schwabenland's aim is to bring people to the theatre who are increasingly losing access to it, or never had it, and to show them perspectives on how they can get involved in society. His productions have a current political reference: they often deal with themes of social injustice and the fight against one-sided representation in society. The works see themselves as laboratories for a future coexistence.

Dennis Schwabenland was born in Wiesbaden in 1983. Father of a son (1 year old). Grew up in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Ruhr area), actor and director, has lived in the city of Bern for 17 years. He completed his acting studies at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB) in 2008 with a diploma and the BEST award to outstanding graduates of all HKB courses. During his studies, he was awarded the sponsorship prize of the Armin Ziegler Foundation as an actor.

He is the founder and co-director of the theatre group PENG! Palast. With this group and the play Woyzeckmaschine (director), he won the renowned young talent competition PREMIO (first place / director) in 2009. The work of PENG! Palast was also honoured with the Youth Prize of the Burgergemeinde Bern at the end of 2010.
With PENG! Palast he also developed the plays "Hamlet MASSIV" (co-director), "Woyzeckmaschine" (director) and "Götter der Stadt und Die 120 Tage von Sodom" (director), "the holycoaster s(HIT) circus", together with the Israeli dance house Machol Shalem (Jerusalem), "KING", "FIGHT! PALAST #membersonly" (co-directed), "BYE BYE BABEL",

"Die Asozialen - Ein Endzeitwestern" (director), "Faul!" & "Future Lab!". Furthermore, he is co-director, producer and actor of the feature film (mockumentary) "the holycoaster s(HIT) circus", which had its world premiere at the 51st Solothurn Film Festival, was invited to the Hamburg Film Festival in 2016 and the 2018 Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival. The film won the Bern Film Prize in 2016.
In 2020 he founded the theatre company dennis schwabenland: thecodes. With this company he will realise the project "Brave New Life" in October 2021 with the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, the Schlachthaus Theater Bern and the Kleintheater Luzern. In June 2022 he will premiere the theatre project "Gilgamesh Origin", together with the Al Kasaba Theatre, Ramallah-Palestine and the Grossen Halle Bern.

His theatre projects have toured Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Palestine & Israel, Netherlands, China & Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.
Furthermore, he directed the musical "Sit so guet, s.v.p." by Kämpf/Urweider/ Schwabenland/Hari, which premiered at the Dampfzentrale Bern in 2017. He invented and developed the participatory capital city culture project "Time For Change", which took place from 2016-2017 at the Generationenhaus and the Schlachthaus Theater and will move into a follow-up project in 2019-2020 with "Time to Move" together with Bernmobil and the Junge Bühne Bern.

His productions "FIGHT! PALAST #membersonly", "BYE BYE BABEL", "Sit so guet, s.v.p." & "Edward Snowden stands behind the window and wakes up pears" were on the shortlist of the Swiss Theatertreffen.

As an actor he worked among others in the following constellations (selection): Theatre Biel- Solothurn "Frühlings Erwachen" (Moritz Stiefel), "Tartuffe" (Valere) and "Was ihr wollt" (Sebastian, Musiker), in the open air theatre Augusta Raurica / Theater Basel(Romulus,der Grosse (Cäsar Rupf)), in the Schlachthaus Theater Bern "Erika in Afrika", as well as "Was bisher geschah" (by Matto Kämpf & Raphael Urweider) and "Ich, ohne aufzufallen - Texte/ Theater Mani Matter" (Director: Meret Matter) and David Copperfield in the Weltalm play of the same name.
Since 2015 he has performed in the formation BUES/MEZGER/SCHWABENLAND in the plays "Als ich einmal tot war und Martin L. Gore mich nicht besuchen kam" and "Edward Snowden steht hinterm Fenster und weckt Birnen ein" (text: Daniel Mezger, director: Marie Bues).

He worked as a guest lecturer at the Bern University of the Arts in the transdisciplinary Institute Y and volunteered on the board of the professional association of independent theatre professionals ACT from 2011-2016, was a board member of ACT Bern from 2013-2019, and was president of ACT Bern from 2013-2016.
where he was president from 2013-2016. In May 2011 he was a scholarship holder at the International Forum Berlin ("Theatertreffen"). At the end of 2013 he was awarded the Off-Stage Scholarship by the Canton of Bern. From 2014-2019 he was a member of the board of Schlachthaus Theater Bern.


2023/3 to 2023/11HKB - Bern University of the Arts [ch] (CAS Documentary Film (director, author))
2010/10 to 2011/1iSFF - Institut für Schauspiel-, Film- und Fernsehberufe an der Volkshochschule Berlin Mitte [de] (Camera Actors Studio (Detlef Rönfeldt))
2004/10 to 2008/7HKB - Bern University of the Arts [ch]

Film awards

The Holycoaster s(HIT) Circus
Solothurner Filmtage [ch]Pan FicNominated
The Holycoaster s(HIT) Circus
Berner Filmpreis [ch]bester SpielfilmNominated


2018Shortlist - 5. Schweizerisches Theatertreffen mit Sit so guet, s.v.p., Regie
2018Shortlist - 5. Schweizerisches Theatertreffen mit Edward Snowden steht hinterm Fenster...
2017Shortlist - 4. Schweizerische Theatertreffen mit Bye Bye Babel (PENG! Palast)
2016Berner Filmpreis - Co-Regie, Produzent, Schauspieler mit "the holycoaster s(HIT) circus"
2015Shortlist - 2. Schweizerische Theatertreffen mit FIGHT! PALAST # membersonly
2015Nominierung als Kollektiv mit FIGHT! PALAST # membersonly für den Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis
2013OFF-Stage Stipendium des Kantons Bern 2013
2012Nominierung zum Kollektiv des Jahres (PENG! Palast) - Jahrbuch TANZ
2011eingeladen zum Internationalen Forum Berlin, Theatertreffen
2010Jugendpreis der Burgergemeinde Bern für PENG! Palast
2009Nachwuchspreis für Theater und Tanz PREMIO für Woyzeckmaschine
2008BEST - Trächsel Stipendium für junge Kulturschaffende mit besonderem künstlerischem Potenzial
2007Stipendium der Bürgi-Willert-Stiftung
2006Förderpreis der Armin Ziegler Stiftung
2005Stipendium der Bürgi-Willert-Stiftung

Movies as actor

2021Mad Heidi
Soldier Strongman [BP]
Feature FilmMultipleSoldier Strongman [BP]
Anri Schwarzwald [L]
Docu-FictionChristoph KellerAnri Schwarzwald [L]
The Holycoaster s(HIT) Circus

Dennis / Nazi Clown [L]
Medium Length FilmMultipleDennis / Nazi Clown [L]
2012Das Schreien der Stille
n.a. [L]
Short FilmAdrian Copitzkyn.a. [L]
2011Coitus Interruptus (WT)
Regisseur [L]
Short FilmBernd FaassRegisseur [L]
2010Schon entschieden?
David [L]
Short FilmMultipleDavid [L]
2010Maria und Thomas (WT)
Thomas [L]
Short FilmMoira HimmelsbachThomas [L]

Sascha [L]
Short FilmTom KellerSascha [L]
2010Sunrise Communications - Friends
Dan [SR]
CommercialRainer BinzDan [SR]
Steffen [L]
Short FilmTom KellerSteffen [L]

Theatre engagements

YearProduction nameRoleDirectorTheatre
2022 - 2023Titanic liveCaptain, CalMeret MatterClub111, Schlachthaus Theater Bern
2022Gilgamesh Origin (Working Titel)REGIEDennis SchwabenlandGrosseHalle Bern, Al Kasaba Theater Palästina,u.a.
2021ZukunftslaborDennisD. Schwabenland, N.M. Kohler, C. KellerPENG! Palast, Schlachthaus Theater Bern
2021Was bisher geschahDennisMagdalena Nadolska, Raphael UrweiderSchlachthaus Theater Bern
2021Büro für BürokratieREGIEDennis SchwabenlandRadio Rabe, Jubiläum 25 Jahre
2021Brave New LifeREGIEDennis SchwabenlandTheater Biel Solothurn, Schlachthaus Bern, u.a.
2019 - 2020Otherworld - frei nach Neil Gaimans CoralineREGIEDennis SchwabenlandWeltalm Theater: Schlachthaus Theater Bern, u.a.
2018 - 2019
Held, DennisChristoph KellerSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Roxy Basel u.a.
2017 - Today
Edward Snowden steht hinter dem Fenster und...
Admin, EdMarie BuesSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Theater Rampe Stuttgart
2017 - 2018Die Asozialen - ein Endzeit-WesternRegieDennis SchwabenlandPENG! Palast, Schlachthaus Theater Bern
2017 - 2018
Sit so guet, s.v.p. - Das Musical
RegieDennis Schwabenland (künstlerische Leitung)von Kämpf / Urweider / Schwabenland / Hari
2016 - 2017
Bye Bye Babel von PENG! Palast
Heiner Müller / DennisNina Mariel Kohler / Benjamin SpinnlerSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Ballhaus Berlin, Chur
2015 - Today
Als ich einmal tot war und Martin L. Gore mich...
Dave GahanMarie BuesSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Theater Rampe Stuttgart
2015 - 2017David CopperfieldDavid CopperfieldLena LessingSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Tuchlaube Aarau, GZB ZH
2014 - Today
FIGHT! Palast #membersonly von PENG! Palast
DennisDennis Schwabenland, Christoph KellerSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Roxy Theater Basel
2014 - 2016Ich, ohne aufzufallen von Mani MatterHeldMeret MatterLiteraturtage Eglisau, Schlachthaus Theater
2014Erika in AfrikaEine ErikaMatto Kämpf, Raphael Urweider, Nils TorpusSchlachthaus Theater Bern
2013 - 2016
Dennis / ReporterBrian Bell / Raphael UrweiderSchlachthaus Theater Bern, Lofft Leipzig
2011 - 2014
the holycoaster s(hit) circus
Horror-Nazi ClownRuby EdelmanPENG! Palast (u.a.Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Bern, Chur)
2010Zwei auf einen StreichPim PlumspilzMarie HillerHKB Master

Speaker engagements

YearTitleProject typeActivityClient
2022The North FaceWeb-Spot / ImagefilmSprecherJingle Jungle
2020Wie die Geranie nach Bern verschleppt wurdeHörspielSprecher, Regisseur, AutorSonohr - Radio & Podcast Festival
Galaxus - Rasur (Fussball)
TV-WerbungOff-VoiceGalaxus / Jingle Jungle
Case Movies (Werbung)SprecherCONTEXTA
SWISS Reisende
WerbungSprecherJingle Jungle
Contexta - Case Movies
Case Movies (Werbung)SprecherContexta
Super Cindy Sabotage
HörspielSprecher (MP2)SRF 2 / Hörkombinat
HÖR-SPIEL - Fachtagung ACT Schweiz. Theatertreffen
HörspielSprecher, HRACT, Theaterfalle
2007Bimex - Energy AGWerbungSprecherSilvia Hugi
2005Version 5 Punkt 12HörspielSprecherJohanna Steiner

Other projects

YearProject typeTitleActivityCompany
2022 - 2023ConsultingDarf ich fragen...?Co-LeiterM2ACT
2019 - 2021art | eventTime to Movekünstlerische Co-LeitungHauptstadtKultur Bern, bernmobil, Junge Bühne Bern, Schlachthaus Theater Bern
2016 - 2017art | eventTime for Changekünstlerische LeitungSchlachthaus Theater & GenerationenHaus Bern

Basic data

Height186 cm
Weight89 kg - 196 lb.
Body typeslim
Ethnic appearancescandinavian, white central european
Hair colourblond
Hair lengthshort
Eye colourblue
DialectsBerliners, Hamburgisch, Koelsch, Ruhrpott
Voice typebaritone
SingingChansonClassicMusicalRock/PopSchlagerSoul / RnB
Instrumentsaccordioncajónchimeselectric guitarguitarkeyboard/synthesizerpiano
Skills (dance)Argentine TangoLatin-AmericanStandard
Skills (sports)aikidobadmintonkick boxingping-pongsoccerstick fightingswordplaytrack and fieldyoga
Experience abroadCentral Europe: Switzerland
West Asia: Israel
LicencesB (car) [eu], L (tractor) [eu], M (autocycle) [eu]
Immediate working areaBerlin
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Berlin
Accommodation possibilitiesAmsterdam, Basel, Berlin, Bern, Bochum, Bremen, Budapest, Chicago, Cologne, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Leipzig, Mainz, Munich, Mülheim an der Ruhr, New Orleans, Oberhausen, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Zurich