„...artlike art holds that art is separate from life and everything else, whereas lifelike art holds that art is connected to life and everything else. In other words, there is art at the service of art and art at the service of life. The maker of artlike art tends to be a specialist; the maker of lifelike art, a generalist.“ (A. Kaprow)

Hanna Rohn is a performance maker and dramaturg from Austria –  a European artist.

After experiences in traditional as well as contemporary theatre, she gradually shifted her practice towards performance and live art. Having done MAs in Gender Studies, Dramaturgy and Performance Making and working as a sex educator for teenagers for several years makes her artistic practice interdisciplinary in every sense: She goes for multiple perspectives, seemingly odd connections and asking provocative questions at times.

Her work centers around gender issues, female body and sexuality – posing questions about body image, speech on women, nakedness and gendered identity. These works identify as feminist performance.

However, she generally believes in art as a message-bearer, a tool to make a difference in society. Informed, socially relevant and critical thinking is at the core of her practice. Apart from gender she is interested in themes that move society: From climate change over food culture to how we die. 

She believes in lifelike art, drawn from anecdotes, everyday experiences and materials. The private is not only political, but full of art. She is excited by playfulness, laughter and enjoyment as strong as she is by questioning society. In this way she creates sensual and aesthetic experiences for the audience – installations that you can enter, touch or smell.

As a dramaturg Hanna Rohn is fascinated by shining a light on the connectivity of things, structuring thoughts and imagery. She thinks of dramaturgy as an artistic practice that is based in research, combined with a strong and present practical approach. A dramaturg`s craft is posing the right questions to equally challenge and support a work of art – resulting in a shared effort for a stunning and reflected artistic outcome. 


*1987, Linz/A

Artist`s collectives: ROHN/WÆRSTED


2013-2014 MA Performance Making, Goldsmiths College, London/UK

2010-2013 MA Theatre Dramaturgy, University of Arts, Graz/A

2009-2013 MA Gender Studies, University of Graz/A

2006-2009 BA German Literature and Language, University of Graz/A

Artistic Experience (selection 2012-2022)


Stories of Stains (ROHN/WÆRSTED, Graber), participatory installation, Graz/A


Verrückte (Berentsen/Rohn), interactive online performance, online on Zoom


The Pleasure is all Ours, interactive solo performance, steirischerherbst`19 - Grand Hotel Abyss, Graz/A

Verrückte (Berentsen/Rohn), interactive performance, NEWSoffSTYRIA 2.19, Theater am Lend, Graz/A

WHITE OUT (Rohn/Rohn),  interactive exhibition and artist laboratory, Volkskundemuseum Graz und Gemeinde Krispl-Gaissau/A


Let's talk about death, baby (Berentsen/Rohn), participatory lecture performance, Theater am Lend, Graz/A

das zebra streifen (Rohn/Rohn), installations and performative walks, spleen*graz, Graz/A


Collateral Damage (ROHN/WÆRSTED), performance and panel debate, The Nordic House, Faroe Islands/DK


Gaia googelt nicht (Text: Nele Stuhler), performance installation, Interpretationssache/Grenzüberschreitungen, Graz/A

Collateral Damage (ROHN/WÆRSTED), performance, Rom for Dans, Oslo and Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen/NO, KosmosTheater, Wien und Theater am Lend, Graz/A


Love Letters to an Audience, participatory solo performance, Steiermark-Büro, Brussels/BE

Artist-in-Europe 2015, 3 month-stipend and residency of the cultural council of Styria, Brussels/BE

rain tops (uncontrolled pedestrians), conceptual cooking blog, raintops.uncontrolledpedestrians.com


Til Overs (Vestel/Waersted), dramaturg of the children`s theatre, Overn Gard, Amot/NO

Collateral Damage (ROHN/WÆRSTED), short performance, Calm Down, Dear - festival of feminist theatre, Camden People`s Theatre, London/UK

Cranberry Fields (uncontrolled pedestrians), installation, Bristol Biennial, Bristol/UK

NAVEL, (Morandotti/Rohn/Wærsted), short performance, Cantieri Culturali della Zisa, Palermo/IT

DO TOUCH THE ARTWORK (ROHN/WÆRSTED), participatory installation, HAZARD 2014 –microfestival of intervention, Manchester/UK

[Up]Root (Connon/Rohn/Wærsted), dance theatre performance, In the Flesh Festival, Goldsmiths University, London/UK


The Last Travel Agency (uncontrolled pedestrians), work-in-progress of a children and youth theatre play, nominated for the Jungwild Theatre Award, Schäxpir, Linz/A

Peer Gynt spielen! (Director: Elina Finkel), dramaturg, assistant director and stage manager, MUMUTH, Graz/A


As you like it (Director: Axel Richter), dramaturg, Burggarten Graz/A

Theaterzustelldienst Graz (Theatre Home Delivery), various short site-responsive performances for living rooms, performance maker and performer, Graz/AT.

One,night,tent, site-specific performance, devised and performed in collaboration, spleen*graz, Graz/A


Hanna Rohn: Evidenzbasierte Argumente für professionelle sexuelle Bildung. In: schulheft 183. Sexualität und Pädagogik, Teil 2: Zur praktischen Umsetzung von Sexualpädagogik. StudienVerlag 2021.

Hanna Rohn/Lisa Scheer/Eva Maria Zenz: Frauenin/transFormation – Beiträge zur FrauenFrühlingsUniversität Graz 2009, Planet Verlag 2011.

Photo: Julia Rohn




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