Drama Theatre HILDE HAIDER-PREGLER The start of the new millennium saw not only Austria’s political scene but also
its theatre life in such turmoil as had not been experienced for a long time.
Although it is true that in artistic and intellectual circles, the opposition to the
ÖVP-FPÖ coalition was particularly sharply articulated, the structural changes
and personal moves in the theatre sector cannot simply be attributed to the
policies of the black-blue (ÖVP-FPÖ) ‘Turning Point’ government. Federal
Chancellor Viktor Klima (SPÖ) had already transferred artistic affairs for the
first time from a Federal Minister to a Secretary of State directly answerable
to the Chancellor and with regard to subsidies had shown a preference for
separations, (part) privatisation, sponsorship, efficient marketing etc. The ‘black’
(ÖVP) Secretary Franz Morak, a former Burgtheater actor who had moved
into politics some years ago, carried on this line determinedly.