Prof. Manfred Waffender
Professor for Dramatic Composition in Media
Manfred Waffender, born 1952 in Alzey/ Germany, attended universities in Frankfurt and Berlin. As a member of Inter-Action, a community arts project in North London, he worked with Prof. Dogg's Troupe, a children's theatre company and the Almost Free Theatre, a fringe theatre in London's West End.
He travelled extensively through Europe and South America.
In the late 70s, Manfred Waffender worked as a freelance journalist and wrote travel books about London and San Francisco. Living in California, he was a firsthand witness of the massive cultural changes left by the computer revolution.
In the early 80s he became an editor for Rowohlt Pocketbook Publishing Company in Hamburg. At Rowohlt, he co-published the "anders reisen" travel book series. His concept of "rororo computer" books turned into a successful pocketbook series. In 1984 he started to make documentaries (e.g. "Die Kinder von Apple, Atari und Commodore") and experimental TV-shows for NDR, a Northern German public TV-broadcaster (such as the thirteen episode TV-series "Höchste Zeit").
During the mid 90s he developed ideas for shareware and computer books for Zweitausendeins Publishing Company (e.g. "Copy Me!" and "24 Hours in the 21st Century" by Peter Glaser). Simultaneously, he wrote screenplays and directed TV-films, industrial films and commercials for production companies and TV-broadcasters (ZDF, Arte, 3sat).
His main interest at that time was music. He made films with the Kronos Quartet, with Steve Reich, Vladimir Tarasov, Toots Thielemanns, Maria João, Moscow Art Trio, Alexander von Schlippenbach and others. From 1995 on, he spent most of his work time as a freelance producer.
Between 1998 and 1999 as editor-in-chief he was responsible for the bi-weekly inflight-video magazine "Lufthansa's World" at Trebitsch Media.
In 2000 he followed conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists during a musical pilgrimage remembering Johann Sebastian Bach for the BBC. He documented a 12-month journey of Sunday performances of Bach's church cantatas in multiple churches and cathedrals throughout Europe (Bach Cantata Pilgrimage).
Concurrently, he is highly involved into supporting young talent: For the SWR, a Southern German public TV-broadcaster, he wrote and directed the first 16 programs for "musikdebut", a TV series featuring young classical musicians.
In 2001 the University of Music Duesseldorf called him to professorship of Dramatic Composition in Media within the program Audio and Video Engineering. He is a co-founder of the Institute For Music And Media.
The main emphasis of his films and TV work is placed in music and new media.
Manfred Waffender is married and has three children.