Marianna Salzmann, born in Volgograd, studied theatrical writing at Berlin’s University of the Arts. In 2009, her play »geistern folgen« (tr. Pursuing ghosts) premiered at the Landesgericht in Hanover. The writer, who is co-editor of cultural and societal magazine »freitext«, received the 2012 Kleist Award For »Muttermale Fenster Blau« (tr. Birthmarks window blue). In 2013 Salzmann was director of the literature workshop »Neue Deutsche Stücke« (tr. New German plays) whose works are performed throughout Germany. The author lives in Berlin.