Theatre educator, director, choreographer and actor TeeKay Kreissig talks about his intention to save the world, who he plans to do it with and the various projects he is currently working on.

Who are you and what is your profession?

I am TeeKay Kreissig, artist, changemaker and educational consultant.

What are you working on right now?

Several projects with AI, robots and partly philosophical chatbots, workshops to improve communication and “Puck You!” Science Theatre in different variations.

Can you describe your workplace in two words?

Diverse, visionary.

What trend will most influence your work/ esearch?

The climate crisis and the exponentially increasing power of AI.

Who would you like to work with one day?

A very long list ! 🙂 The latest additions are Ars Elctronica in Linz and Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry Ben Feringa from the Netherlands.

In the future you would like to…

…Save the world together with many others! For the many individual steps necessary for this, I am in exchange with stakeholders from many different networks and ensure networking across borders of thought.

What is your favourite place in Berlin?

All places that offer live exchange opportunities through conferences, cultural events and encounters at eye level. 🙂

Why Berlin Science Week?

Because the combination of culture, science and communication fits in perfectly and is inspiring.

What keeps you awake at night?

Good documentaries, brilliant series with partly absurd plots and sometimes working on papers.

What are you currently reading and/or which newsletter(s) do you subscribe to?

Books: a lot by Noah Yuval Harari, newsletters e.g. IDW, Scientiest4Future. Also, a lot of fast-and-intense info via my Twitter feeds.

Has the pandemic taught you anything you would like to share? Has anything changed in your daily routine?

I have few routines due to all the project work. The pandemic taught me a lot about the efficiency of good structures and the importance of humour in online meetings. And I try to implement and practice this consistently 🙂

How do you collect and structure your thoughts?

Various methods: small hand sketches, mostly with pens and notes, sometimes also with a drawing programme on the tablet; collections of keywords on the mobile phone and the laptop; dream logs as an audio track on the mobile phone; flipchart when working with teams and a lot in dialogue with friends, colleagues and critics.

Tell us an unknown or fun fact about yourself.

As a 21st Century Nomad, I am away from home about 300 days a year.

PS: What is the most delicious thing you have eaten this week?

Last week, I tried new recipes with colleagues and discovered salad dressings with fresh coriander, a spice I had rarely used before.

Thorsten Kreissig (TeeKay) is a director for opera and musical comedy, choreographer, actor and creative mind behind numerous events.

He participated in the Berlin Science Week 2022 with the event “Puck You ! Shakespeare, Kunst und Klimakrise” on the 4th of November. The workshop aimed to create a space for envisioning new solutions for the future of our climate, bringing together facts, art, feelings, and civic and political engagement.