Händl Klaus (born in 1969 in Rum, Austria) lives in Vienna, Berlin and Port (Switzerland) and works as actor and writer. Händl writes theatre-, radio-, screen-plays, libretti and prose. His radio play Kleine Vogelkunde (ORF) was voted Radio Play of the Year 1996 and in the same year, Händl won a scholarship for the Literary Colloquium in Berlin. He was voted Best Upcoming Playwright 2004 and Best Playwright 2006 in the critics’ poll of the magazine Theater heute. He won numerous awards amongst them the prestigious Robert Walser Award in 1994, the Dramatiker-Preis des Kulturkreises der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2004, the Förderpreis des Schiller-Gedächtnis-Preises 2007, and the Gert-Jonke-Preis 2013. In 2008 his film März won the Leopard for the Best First Feature at the Locarno Film festival.
The titles of his libretti for opera are: Häftling von Mab (Music: Eduard Demetz), Wüstenbuch (Music: Beat Furrer), Buch Asche (Music:Klaus Lang) und Der Einfluss des Menschen auf den Mond (Music: Klaus Lang), Bluthaus (Music: Georg Friedrich Haas), Thomas (Musik: Georg Frriedrich Haas), Wilde> (Musik: Hèctor Parra).