Sasha Marianna Salzmann is a playwright, novelist and essayist. She was a co-founder of the culture and society magazine freitext and was one of its editors for 12 years. Sasha Salzmann's theater works have received numerous awards, including the Wiener Wortstaetten Preis, the IKARUS, the Mühlheim Audience Award, and the Nestroy Award for the best offstage production.
In 2013, Sasha Salzmann co-founded the New Institute for Dramatic Writing with Maxi Obexer and has since taught scenic writing, now internationally.
From 2013 to 2019, Sasha Salzmann was in-house playwright* at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, where Salzmann directed Studio Я until 2016.
Together with Max Czollek, Sasha Salzmann curated the Disintegration Congress (2017) and the Radical Jewish Culture Days (2018) at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin.
In 2017, Suhrkamp Verlag published the debut novel 'Außer sich', which Sasha Salzmann had begun during a fellowship at the Tarabya Cultural Academy in İstanbul and finished in the course of further stays in Turkey. The novel was shortlisted for the German Book Prize, received numerous honors, including international ones, and has been translated into 16 languages.
At the Burgtheater Wien, Sasha Salzmann curated in 2019/2020, together with philosopher Isolde Charim, the discussion series 'Apropos Gegenwart'.
Sasha Salzmann has held numerous poetics lectureships for prose and drama and has taught as a guest lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the Leipzig Literature Institute.
In 2020 Salzmann was awarded the Art Prize for Performing Arts of the Academy of Arts Berlin and the Ricarda Huch Poetikdozentur for Gender in the Literary World at the University of Braunschweig.
In 2021 Salzmann's second novel 'Im Menschen muss alles herrlich sein' was published and nominated for the German Book Prize.
In 2022, Sasha Salzmann was honored with the Prize of the Literature Houses and the Hermann Hesse Literature Prize.
In the winter semester of 2022/23, Sasha Salzmann will be a substitute professor for literary writing at the KHM.