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Among others, Michael Schindhelm currently works as professor for the subject of public space at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. From 2007 to 2009 Michael Schindhelm has been Director for Cultural & Arts Authority in Dubai. In 1979 he studied at the international University of Voronezh (USSR) and graduated with a Master of Science in Quantum Chemistry. From 1984 to 1986 he was Research Assistant at the Academy of Science in East Berlin where he worked in the department of theoretical chemistry, where among others Angela Merkel was also active. Afterwards he worked as a freelancer translator, author and dramaturge. 1990 Michael Schindhelm became Managing Director adviser of the Theatre Nordhausen. 1992 he was appointed as Managing Director of the Theatre Gera. 1994 to 1996 he was Managing Director of the Theatre Altenburg Gera, afterwards, from 1996 to 2006, Managing Director at the Theatre Basel. Since 2005 he has been Executive Director of the newly founded "Stiftung Oper in Berlin", world's largest opera group, comprising three houses: Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper. Beyond that Michael Schindhelm is active as an novelist (Roberts Reise, Zauber des Westens, Die Herausforderung), screenwriter and translator. Amongst others he has made documentaries on "Chants of the Steppes" (2004) in the desert Gobi and on Beijing Opera House and Herzog & de Meuron in China called the „Bird's Nest" (2008).