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List of notable or famous playwrights from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Germany and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Germany is included when available.

List is made up of people like Hans Henny Jahnn and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

This historic playwrights from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Germany?" These prominent playwrights of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German playwrights.

Use this list of renowned German playwrights to discover some new playwrights that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (55 items)
Alois Senefelder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
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Johann Alois Senefelder was a German actor and playwright who invented the printing technique of lithography in 1796. ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1771-1834)

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Profession: Playwright

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August Stramm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
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August Stramm was a German poet and playwright who is considered one of the first of the expressionists. He also served in the German Army and was killed in action during World War I. He worked in the German Post Office Ministry as a young man and served his mandatory year of duty in the German Army ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1874-1915)

Birthplace: Münster, Germany

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Playwright

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Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
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Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter through the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble – the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1898-1956)

Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany

Profession: Theatre Director, Poet, Librettist, Screenwriter, Lyricist, + more

Credits: Hangmen Also Die!, Mack the Knife, Galileo, To Whom Does the World Belong?, The Threepenny Opera, + more

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Carl Sternheim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
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Carl Sternheim was a German playwright and short story writer. One of the major exponents of German Expressionism, he especially satirized the moral sensibilities of the emerging German middle class during the Wilhelmine period. ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1878-1942)

Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

Profession: Screenwriter, Playwright

Credits: The Trousers