Stadthaus Team Management
Karla Nieraad joined the Stadthaus team as organisation manager when the building opened in 1993 and has been managing the Stadthaus as a director since 2005. She also curates photography exhibitions, such as ‘Pictures of North Korea’, the Herlinde Koelbl retrospective (both in 2017) and the widely acclaimed ‘Wig, Headscarf, Habit’ (with Andrea Kreuzpointner and Leonie Schmucker), as well as the current exhibition ‘Taking Flight to a World Beyond’. Karla also edits the series ‘edition stadthaus’. The former dramaturge started her career at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. At Theater Ulm and the Nationaltheater Mannheim she focussed on dance theatre.
Dr. Sabine Presuhn
Administration and public relations
Dr Sabine Presuhn holds a doctorate as a historian and is the Stadthaus’ deputy director. Press and public relations being her main focus of work, she also handles more general issues of organisation. Having been a historian in her ‘previous life’, she uses her expertise of the Middle Ages to develop the permanent archeologic exhibition ‘subterranean’. Her dog Felix, who came to the Stadthaus from Andalusia, accompanies her every day and supports the team with impeccable time management and an overabundance of empathy.
Christos Kalokerinos, affectionately known as ‘Kalle’, and not just at the Stadthaus, is your point of contact for hall rentals and organisation. He is also responsible for our exhibition and maintenance staff, the importance of which should not be underestimated (Stadthaus director’s note) and a task that is both demanding and satisfying. Kalle has been with the Stadthaus for almost 15 years, time and again proving his organisation skills as house and event technician. In addition, he is a member of the organising team of Kulturnacht and he used to be a restauranteur, such as at Salon Hansen, StrandGut and Flussmeisterei.
Cultural education programs
Andrea Kreuzpointner studied German philology in Munich, where she worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung and Akademie des Deutschen Buchhandels. She is responsible for events, planning marketing and sales activities and organising cooperation and sponsoring projects.
But her heart beats for cultural education programs to accompany the exhibitions. Long lasting projects include the audio guide ‘for kids by kids’ (in cooperation with the media course at St. Hildegard-Schule), an architectural guide to be published in 2020, as well as a photography competition on the subject of ‘democracy’ (biannual event from fall 2021 onwards). All projects are tailored for a younger audience but are recommended for all ages. Since 2017, she has also been organising the young readers book fair ‘Kibum’.
For our youngest team member, studying and career happened at the same time. As a master student of cultural management in Munich, she applied for an internship at Stadthaus Ulm, which she absolved during the preparation of the exhibition ‘Wig, Headscarf, Habit’. As she got busy with her master’s thesis, the financial management position at the Stadthaus became available. And now she has overseen the Stadthaus finances since November 2019. She keeps inspiring the whole team with fresh ideas, such as in “Witches in Exile” (with Karla Nieraad and Andrea Kreuzpointner) and in “Exotic Plant Hunters” (with Andrea Kreuzpointner) in 2022.
Sabine Schwarz has been managing the Stadthaus office since 1998, being the best point of contact for all topics – even for our four-legged team member Felix – at the very least, she will know who to ask. She is a centre of calm even in turbulent times. She also coordinates our exhibition staff, requests for guided tours and orders of the many Stadthaus publications: Whatever you need, you may contact Sabine.
A carpenter by trade, a chief carpenter at the theatre, a master of event technology and an enthusiastic lighting operations manager – the Stadthaus greatly benefits from Paul Stauber’s experience. When Strado Compagnia Danza visits the Stadthaus, he is part of the ensemble as their lead lighting designer. Arranging an exhibition within Richard Meier’s architecture? Paul Stauber can do it blindfolded. He also supports organisers of guest events.
Want to see Paul Stauber in action? Then join him on a tour of the ‘machine room’ in the Stadthaus basement. It’s free (but in German), just klick here.
Franz Nägele is one of two Stadthaus technicians, dealing with exhibitions and events. It is a great advantage that he is both an electrician and an experienced musician. Not to forget him being a beekeeper: Two bee colonies move to the Stadthaus terrace every year, cared for by Franz, producing the finest nectar for our popular Stadthaus honey. As a drummer with ‘Jesus George’, he is well known beyond the Stadthaus.
Er musste einfach bei uns landen. Schon als Schüler sang Michel Salzenberg im Chor und spielte Theater. Sein Studium auf dem Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld brach er ab, weil ihm die Veranstaltungsorganisation beim AStA soviel Spaß machte, dass ihm klar wurde, alles, was mit Kultur zu tun hat, ist sein Ding. So kam er zu einer Ausbildung zum Veranstaltungs-
kaufmann bei der Kulturabteilung der Stadt Ulm. Bis dahin aber sammelte er noch Erfahrungen mit interkulturellem Engagement, einem Freiwilligen Sozialen Jahr beim Offenen Kanal Worms und in der Wormser Nibelungenhorde.
Als Azubi lernte er auch das Stadthaus kennen. Im Oktober 2020, als in unserer Veranstaltungstechnik eine Stelle zu besetzen war, sicherten wir uns Michel Salzenberg als neues Teammitglied, anfangs noch unterstützt durch die liebenswert tiefenentspannte französische Bulldogge Kenai.