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Theatre Performance: Free Association

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This year we remember the 75th anniversary of the death of Sigmund Freud. Under the professional direction of Nona Sheppard and Joseph Kloska, a group of students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London will develop an on-site performance dedicated to the doctor and great founder of psychoanalysis. In 1938, just a few months after the Nazi occupation of Vienna, Freud was forced to leave; he died in 1939 in London.

Founded in 1904 in London, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is one of England’s most renowned acting schools, from which famous names such as Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins and Roger Moore have emerged.

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Introduction
Actress, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London
Actor, London
Playwright; Associate Director, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Freelance Lighting Designer, London

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Laura Naomi CRANSTON

Actress, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London

2003-2006 BA Hons 1st Class English Literature, University of Durham
2007-2010 BA Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
2010 Shakespeare's Globe - Anne Boleyn
Popatron - BBC 2 Television
2011-2014 Temporary roles, Project Administration and Personal Assistant, Nesta, London
2011 Shakespeare's Globe, All's Well that Ends Well, London
The Glass Slipper, Northern Stage, Newcastle
2012 Doctors, BBC 1
2013 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic and International Tour
2014 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Barbican Centre and International Tour
For the Birds, OtherFoot, RADA Festival, London


1986 Graduated Rada
1988-1994 Worked with Kenneth Branagh's Renaisance Theatre Co and Renaisance Films
 inc Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and films: Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing
1994 Film: Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
1997-2000 Co-founded Revolve Theatre Co., Work inc. Measure for Measure and Jean Genet's Deathwatch
2001 Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier for Vienna's English Theatre
since 2004 Rada-Cunard Project
since 2006 Member of Rada Audition Panel


Actor, London

1999-2003 University College London, Paris IV Sorbonne, BA (first class hons) History and French
2003-2006 Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, BA Acting
2006-2007 BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award
2007 Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, The Vertical Hour (Royal Court)
2008 Three Sisters (Royal Exchange), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
2009 Made in Dagenham, Pete versus Life (Channel 4)
2010 Comedy of Errors (Regents Park)
2011 The School for Scandal (Barbican), Measure for Measure, Written on the Heart (RSC)
2012 Written on the Heart (West End), Tom and Jenny (BBC)
2013 The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Moby-Dick (Simple8/Arcola)
2014 Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible), The Christmas Truce (RSC)


Playwright; Associate Director, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

 Nona Shepphard is a freelance writer, director and deviser with over 150 productions and 40 commissioned plays to her credit. Her plays for a young audience recieved several awards and have been presented in the USA, Canada, Europe and Russia. Among her most recent writings are: "Signs of a Star-Shaped Diva" for GraeaeTheatre Company/Theatre Royal Stratford and Therese Raquin a musical version of Emile Zola's novel. She is the Associate Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Creative Director of RADA Enterprises.


Freelance Lighting Designer, London

Elizabeth WINKLER

 Theatre and Television credits
2005 Graduated RADA
2006 Into the Woods (Derby Playhouse, Theatre)
2007 The Man of Mode (National Theatre),
2008 A Matter of Life and Death, (National Theatre)
2009 Hobson's Choice (Chichester/No1 Tour, Theatre)
Major Barbara, (National Theatre)
The Revengers Tragedy, (National Theatre)
2010 Cinderella's Sisters (Red Earth, Theatre)
Much Ado about Nothing (Derby Live, Theatre)
2011 The Power of Yes (National Theatre)
Doctors (BBC Television)
Stephen and the Sexy Partridge ( Trafalgar Studio's, Theatre)
The Prince of Homburg (Donmar Warehouse, Theatre)
2012 Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre),
Frankenstein (National Theatre)
2013 The Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange, Theatre)
The Johnny and Inel Show.(BBC Television)
The Taming of the Shrew (Derby Playhouse, Theatre)
2014 Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible, Theatre)

Seminar Week

show timetable


15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


01 Sustainable Peace and Security – Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 – 1914 – 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory – Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics – The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human – Machine – RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar


16:00 - 17:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture


17:00 - 18:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture


16:00 - 17:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture


17:30 - 18:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


17:00 - 20:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary