Josef Stauder

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Josef Stauder (* 16 February 1897 in Radevormwald; † 10 April 1981 in Berlin) was a German author, actor, film and theatre director and stage manager.

Life and work

Stauder, who was of Jewish-Polish descent,[1] worked in the pre-war period as a theatre director at the Stadttheater Mainz, among others, where he directed Die Nacht der Könige by Julius Maria Becker.[2] In the post-war period (after appointment by Max Burghardt[3]) first as a director at the Leipzig Theater der Jungen Welt and later, from 1953, as artistic director of the Berlin Theater der Freundschaft.[4]

Stauders productions included Dawn over Moscow (1951, after Arkadi Gaidar),[5] Tom Sawyer’s Great Adventure (1954, by Hanuš Burger/Stefan Heym), Snowball (1955, with, among others, Ursula Am Ende, Elfriede Florin, Peter Groeger), How Steel Was Hardened (1955/56, by Miloslav Stehlik,[6] with Uwe-Jens Pape and others), Schwanda, der Dudelsackpfeifer von Strakonitz by Josef Kajetán Tyl (1956), Das Untier von Samarkand by Anna Elisabeth Wiede (1957), Das Blaue Licht ( 1958, with Hannes W. Braun, Rainer R. Lange, Johanna Clas, Annemarie Hummel and others);[7] furthermore Engel küssen keine fremden Herrn.[8] His first directing work for German television was the studio recording of the Theater der Jungen Welt with the play Der Weg ins Leben (with Günther Arndt, Ursula Dippold, Ludwig Friedrich), a Makarenko adaptation from a script by Miloslav Stehlik.

From the 1960s, Stauder left the theatre and (after assisting Konrad Wolf for two years) worked for German television from 1958,[9] he directed several television films, mostly comedies such as the Balzac adaptation Der Fächer der Madame de Pompadour (1964, with Paul Lewitt, Walter Lendrich, Helga Raumer) or the Wedekind adaptation Der Kammersänger (1964), starring Rolf Ludwig, Marion van de Kamp and Adolf Peter Hoffmann.

In 1951 the plays 2 : 1 für Irmgard and Wer seine Frau lieb hat ..., which he wrote as an author, were premiered. For the activity as a playwright he used the pseudonym Jakob Jostau.

He was married with the actress Ingeborg Naß till his divorce in 1962.


  • 1954: The way into life (studio recording)
  • 1955: He Who Loves His Wife … (Template)
  • 1955: The devil from Mühlenberg (actor)
  • 1955: Ernst Thälmann – leader of his class (actor)
  • 1959: Schneider Wibbel (television comedy)
  • 1959: Ultimatum (television play)
  • 1959: The black sheep (television comedy)
  • 1960: The geese of Bützow (television comedy)
  • 1960: The crooked trade (television comedy)
  • 1961: Weekend in Paradise (television comedy)
  • 1961: Five Days – Five Nights (Actor)
  • 1961: The master boxer (television comedy)
  • 1961: Squirt (television farce)
  • 1961: The chaste bon vivant (television farce)
  • 1962: A story from the old Berlin
  • 1962: Hulla di Bulla (Television farce)
  • 1963: Wenn du denkst, du hast’n (Television farce)
  • 1963: For Rent (television play)
  • 1964: The chamber singer (television drama)
  • 1965: The Criminal Wedding Night (television drama)

Web links

Individual references

  1. Hans Hauska: From Stalin to Hitler: a fate from the times of terror : Records, Letters and Documents. Bostelmann & Siebenhaar, 2003
  2. Gerrit Walther: Julius Maria Becker, 1887-1949: a poet between the world wars. Battert, 1989
  3. Leipziger Blätter, issues 29-31. E. A. Seemann, 1996, p. 82
  4. Bertolt Brecht, Werner Hecht (ed.): Werke: grosse kommentierte Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe, vol. 23. Aufbau-Verlag, 2000
  5. Theater der Zeit, Volume 6, Issues 4-21. Henschel, 1951
  6. Stage designs from the years 1945-1958. Deutsche Akademie der Künste zu Berlin. 1959
  7. Scene pictures from “The Blue Light” by J. Stauder in Deutsche Fotothek
  8. Gerry Wolff: The rose was red : an acting legend remembers. Dietz, 2006
  9. Heiko R. Blum: Film in the GDR. Carl Hanser, 1977