Before joining HOME in 2014, Walter Meierjohann was International Associate Director at the Young Vic in London. There, his productions included the European premiere of In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell McCraney, and Kafka’s Monkey, which toured to Sydney, Melbourne, Athens, Paris, Tokyo and New York. The production, which starred Kathryn Hunter, also shows in HOME’s 2015 opening season, with Hunter reprising her lead role.
Walter has worked extensively in Germany and the UK at theatres including The Young Vic; The Barbican; Liverpool Playhouse; Nottingham Playhouse; The Curve, Leicester; Residenztheater, Munich; Staatsschauspiel, Dresden; Schauspiel, Graz; and Arena, Berlin, for Peter Stein’s Faust Ensemble and Impulse Theatre Festival.
In opera, he has assisted the late Klaus-Michael Grueber in his productions of Aida (Nederlands Opera, Amsterdam) and Don Giovanni (Ruhrfestspiele).
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of participating in the arts?
I directed my first show at the age of 13. It wasn’t a straight play; it was a competition for the sexiest male teacher’s legs. We hung up a curtain high enough so you could only see the teachers’ legs, played Brigitte Bardot’s version of Je t’aime moi non plus and let the teachers dance to it. Unsurprisingly, the sports teacher won.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together – African proverb.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Friends I have made all over the world over the years, but have never been together in one room. I d be intrigued to see if they get on.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
When I was six, I wanted to be a conductor.