About us

Manusarts was founded in 2013 by Jana and Petja Pulkrabek. From early age the siblings of German-Czech origin grew up with the idea of turning their fascination for film, theatre and art into a profession. Manusarts specializes on artistically ambitious films with a personal signature, as well as interdisciplinary theatre productions with international partners. Visions arise in the head and heart, the hands accomplish the art. - Many hands create an artform.

With more than forty in-house productions, covering the fields of film, theater, music, dance and exhibitions, the company focuses on international co-productions and cultural exchange projects, currently mainly with Danish and Swedish artists. In order to deepen the cultural alliance of the Nordic regions, Manusarts founded the network platform “Move the North” in 2019, presenting cultural activities on an average of more than one hundred days, promoting cultural events in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The festival creates cultural ties between the cities of Hamburg, Copenhagen and Malmö and brings together artists from all disciplines.

With the initiative of Copenhagen's House of International Theater - HIT and the cross-border-festival Move the North, the company created two platforms for international cultural collaboration. As part of the Hamburger Kultursommer 2021, Manusarts in collaboration with The English Theater of Hamburg, hosted the two-week festival “Hamburger Kultur International”, which presented 31 events and featured 45 international artists. 

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Jana Pulkrabek is a producer, director, writer and actress, also working as artistic director and festival leader. She studied acting in New York at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and Actor’s Studio, as well as directing and production in London (Ealing Studios) and Berlin (ISFF). After three years in each New York, London and Berlin, she worked in Hamburg for the production companies Tatamifilms and Maxfilm and was in charge of running the children's theater “HoheLuftschiff” for two years. Jana has been developing and coordinating international theater projects since 2010, among others for the department of international cultural exchange of the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media. She produced, wrote and directed several theatre production, which also toured internationally. Her short film "Nachtrausch", which was funded by the Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Foundation, screened at several international film festivals. In January 2017 Jana co-founded Copenhagen's international theatre stage HIT-House of International Theater. She was named Hamburger of the Month tohether with her brother Petja by SZENE HAMBURG (January edition 2019) for creating the network platform Move the North, which links artists between the regions of Hamburg and Greater Copenhagen.

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Petja Pulkrabek is a screenwriter, director, producer and festival director. After studying film at the Medienakademie Hamburg and studying film and theater at the Freie Universität Berlin, he has since worked on several short films and international cultural projects. Petja, together with his sister Jana, was named Hamburger of the Month by SZENE HAMBURG (January edition 2019) for creating the network platform Move the North, which links artists between the regions of Hamburg and Greater Copenhagen. His short film "Occasus" (2016), funded by the Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Foundation and Nordmedia, was presented at numerous film festivals around the world and won two awards for best camera (Best Cinematography: Norway Tamil Film Festival; Bangalore Shorts Film Festival). Petja Pulkrabek is currently working on the production of his new short film Silent Routines, which he wrote and will also direct. The dance film was funded by the FFHSH and is a collaboration with the free dance company Kiel.

Board

Prof. Manuela Rousseau Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg; Member of the Supervisory Board of Beiersdorf AG; awarded Bundesverdienstmedaille / Federal Order of Merit for her honorary commitment.

We gratefully thank Manuela Rousseau für her engagement as Manusarts board member from 2014-2020.

Prof. Dipl.-Bibl. Prof. h.c. Klaus-Peter Nebel Former Director of Corporate Communications for Beiersdorf, Tchibo, Tesa; multiple award-winner as best press spokesman in Germany; Head of the International Media and Cultural Management program at the university in Riga.

Christian Pothe Chairman of the DFB Soccer Youth Committee; former vice president of FC St. Pauli and Bucerius Education GmbH.

Thomas Dias Fernandes Tax- and employment lawyer, business and economy consultant.

Ruth Bäßler Previously responsible for the department of cultural exchange at the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media.

Dietmar Hamm Manager of Levantehaus Hamburg with multiple awards and nominations in the field of cultural promotion.

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