portraittheater is an Austrian theatre company which focuses on extraordinary historical personalities, especially women, and brings their life and work to the stage. Since 2006 portraittheater has successfully produced plays about Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Bertha von Suttner, George Sand, Rosa Luxemburg, Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Hedy Lamarr, Käthe Leichter, Marie Jahoda and Emmy Noether. The shows were invited for guest performances in Austria and many other countries, e.g. Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iran, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.

The play „Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible“ is available for guest performances in English or German. The well-known actress Anita Zieher delivers a great performance in the three roles, directed by Sandra Schüddekopf.


A play about women and research

Radiation. Nuclear fission. Frequency hopping.

Three outstanding pioneers represent the achievements of women in the field of science and technology: Double Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of radioactivity Marie Curie (1867-1934), Austrian-Swedish nuclear physicist Lise Meitner (1878-1968) and Viennese Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) with her invention of frequency hopping.
Anecdotes from their lives, achievements and obstacles as well as the contents of their research and the passion for their work are at the centre of the portraittheater play „Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible“. Complemented by music and videos with three girls asking pertinent questions the play is an entertaining portrait of extraordinary women in history, directed by Sandra Schüddekopf, with Anita Zieher impersonating the three women.


„Zieher delivers a brilliant performance in the roles… it is a theatre evening with many claims: it should be informative, amusing and encouraging – the team of portraittheater indeed succeeded in all of that.“ (European Cultural News)

„How often do you have the chance to acquaint you so hands-on with the biography of three extraordinary women and to learn something about radioactivity?… Zieher and her team manage it in an entertaining and vivid way to bring elementary questions like ‚what happens at the fission‘ or ‚who is the discoverer of it‘ closer to the audience…. Conclusion: An informative and amusing evening with a wink.“ (Vienna International)

„Anita Zieher, who plays all three women, impresses with her performance…“ (Progress-online)


Anita Zieher lives as an actress in Vienna. After studying politics and communication in Salzburg she trained as an actress in Vienna in Vienna. In the productions of portraittheater she played Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Bertha von Suttner, George Sand, Rosa Luxemburg, Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and Hedy Lamarr. As chairwoman of the association she is also responsible for the production management. She won many prizes in theater as an improvisation player and comedian (Zieher&Leeb).

Sandra Schüddekopf lives as a director in Vienna. Over the period from 2001-2005 she worked as an assistant director at Burgtheater, where she also staged plays herself. Further performances at Schauspielhaus Graz, Munich Kammerspiele, the Schauspielhaus Vienna and at the Mainz State Theatre, where she won the director’s prize for her performance of „Larva“ of Natascha Gangl in 2009. A special focus of her work is new dramatic and adaptions of novels.

Information for guest performances

Duration: app. 100 minutes
Language: English or German
Stage requirements: in theatres or conference rooms: 4 x 4 m, heightened; a table and a whiteboard
in a school or a University or College: lecture auditorium with a blackboard and a laboratory bench
Technical requirements: lighting system, sound system, audio wire, video projector, screen, headset
Setting and soundcheck: app. 3 hours before start, technical assistant required
Public relations material: photos and a template for programme booklets can be provided
Crew: 2 persons (actress and tour assistant)

Contact: Anita Zieher,, +43 (0) 699/19580874

+43 699 19580874
Anita Zieher, actress, project manager