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Mechtild Tellmann (Dipl. Kulturmanagerin) studied history and geography at the University of Cologne. She gained her first cultural experience at the Senftöpfchen Theater, Cologne. After her first state examination, she was employed by the WDR in public relations and as freelance assistant at various production companies and directors. 1999 she graduated in cultural management studies at the VWA Cologne. From 1998 to 2007 she was the event and production manager at the Terbrüggen show production. Simultaneously, she worked as freelance artist management in cabaret, comedy and music.
In 2008 she founded her own agency for cultural management with a focus on artist management, press and public relations work and production conception/management for contemporary dance and experimental theatre, as well as congresses and events (e.g. "Flausen Kongress 2017 & 2019" on behalf of the FWT, "Rethinking Funding Practices in Dance. What do artists really need?" at the international dance fair nrw 2016 and 2018 on behalf of the Kunststiftung NRW, etc.).
In 2010 she founded tanz.tausch - tanz und performance festival/netzwerk. Since 2010 also artistic and organisational director of the Cologne festival together with Alexandra Schmidt.
She is co-founder and board member of the Förderverein tanzKoeln e.v. and since 2012 an active member of "InfoPlus KulturproduzentInnen", a working network of the Dachverband Tanz. In 2013 and 2014 she was guest lecturer at CIAM Cologne (Center for international arts Management) and in 2017 at SpoHo, Cologne (MA tanzkultur V.I.E.W.).
Together with other cultural producers and small to medium-sized production houses such as the LOFFT - Theater Leipzig, she has been concentrating since 2014 on building European networks that create exchange and presentation formats for emerging and mid-career artists.