Chair

Lisa Jopt

Lisa Jopt has been the executive president of GDBA since May 2021. She is an actress and the first woman to hold this office. Until 2010, she studied acting at the HMT in Leipzig and in 2015, together with the then assistant director Johanna Lücke, she founded the ensemble network at a kitchen table, an association that works to improve working conditions around state, municipal and national theaters. In 2018, she also initiated the conference series Burning Issues - performing arts & equality together with Nicola Bramkamp. She currently appears regularly in front of the camera for the ZDF series "Marie fängt Feuer".

"My goal is fundamental reform of the NV Bühne."

Lisa Jopt

Raphael Westermeier

Raphael Westermeier has been Deputy Chairman of the GDBA Main Board since September 2023. He was born in Cologne in 1982 and is an actor. He was engaged at the theaters in Ulm and Tübingen and since 2020 at the Theater Dortmund. Guest engagements have also taken him to Switzerland and Hungary, as well as to the theaters in Konstanz, Oberhausen and Freiburg. From 2021 he was a member of the advisory board. Since May 2023, he has been state chairman of the GDBA in North Rhine-Westphalia and deputy chairman of the professional group Solo.

"I'm working to make it natural again for artistic workers to unionize so that the labor situation in theater improves and finally arrives in the 21st century."

Raphael Westermeier

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