Sasha Marianna Salzmann is a playwright, essayist, curator, and writer in residence of the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. She is a cofounder of the culture magazine freitext and was the artistic director of Studio Я from 2013 to 2015. She also cofounded NIDS – New Institute for Drama, where she gives workshops on political writing. Her work has been translated, performed, and bestowed awards in more than twenty countries. Her first novel, Beside Myself, won the Mara Cassens Prize and the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung Prize for best debut novel, and was short-listed for the 2017 German Book Prize.