Helmut Grosser

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DOB: 1927 Location: Dresden, Germany
DOD: 5/23/2010               Location: Munich, Germany




  • Passed Stage Technical Master exam (1949)
  • Passed Stage Lighting Master exam (1950)
  • Apprenticeship, City of Dresden, GDR  (1945-1949)

Employment History:

  • National Opera Theatre, Saxony, German Democratic Republic (1950-1953)
  • Technical Director; Hagen, Weisbaden and Cologne Operas (1953-1971)
  • Technical Director and Production Director; Staatsoper, Munich (Bavarian National Opera House) (1971-1992)


  • Editor, Buhnentechnische Rundshau (1977-1997?) Editor’s note: This is the oldest technical theatre periodical in the world, published continuously since 1907.

USITT and OISTAT involvement and offices held:

  • OISTAT Founding Member (1968)
  • Chair, OISTAT programming committee (1974-1978)
  • President, OISTAT (1978-1997)
  • Series of Master Classes throughout the U.S. for Universities and USITT Sections (1973)
  • German Association of Theatre Technicians (DTHG): Member (since 1966); Member of the Board of Directors (1968-1983); President (1976-1983)

Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (1997) Editor’s note: Mr. Grosser is the only non-member to ever be accorded this honor.
  • USITT Special Citation (1985)
  • Honorary Medal of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • OISTAT Gold Pin (1997)
  • Silver Honorary Medal of the DTHG
  • Holder of the Linnebach Gold Ring Editor’s note: Within the German theatre world the most significant honor is to be the bearer of the legendary Linnebach Gold Ring.  This artifact is a special tribute passed from the most outstanding Technical Director of each generation to a successor of the next generation and is passed down only in the final will of the current holder.