For some of my theatre plays 1995 Frankfurter Autorenpreis and 2000 the German Youth Theatre Price; for my work as curator and head of drama at the Salzburg Festival 2011 the ‘golden city seal’ of the state capital Salzburg and ‘Decoration of honor in gold’ by the state Salzburg.
Goldenes Ehrenzeichen des Landes Salzburg / Decoration of honor for director of drama Thomas Oberender: «During the past five years as Director of Drama of the Festival, which have gone by so very quickly, Thomas Oberender has spun together various threads with sensitivity and instinct – performance venues, plays, directors, actors – spinning them into a network that was always stable, even when the curtain had come down already,» Landeshauptfrau Burgstaller said at the ceremony.
The first season which Thomas Oberender programmed at the 2007 Festival was the most heavily attended drama season of the past ten years. After that, Oberender was the top candidate for the Artistic Directorship of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin starting in 2008. He, however, preferred to fulfill his obligation to the Salzburg Festival until 2011. Starting in 2012, Oberender will be Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele.