Photo: Shirana Shahbazi
Dagny Gioulami was born in Bern in 1970 to a Swiss father and a Greek mother. (Dagny is a Swedish forename – one of her grandmothers was from Sweden – and Gioulami is a Greek surname. Sometimes she is also mentioned as Dagny Areti Rushton). She studied drama at the Zurich University of Fine Arts and was an actress in the permanent ensemble of the Städtische Bühnen Münster. She has also appeared in productions at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, Theater Basel, Stadttheater Bern and for many smaller companies.

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Short Films

Stage (Selection)


In addition

Author of several libretti and stage plays (for companies including Stadttheater Bern, The Opera Group, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Hannover), and of a prize-winning novel, Alle Geschichten, die ich kenne, published by weissbooks.w, Frankfurt am Main, 2015.

Catalogue of Projects

Zack and Zoé

Classroom play, 2014-18

Kurt Guggenheim's Alles in Allem

Alles in Allem, novel by Kurt Guggenheim

Theater project by Peter Brunner, Zurich

Beast by Lorenz Merz

Feature film for the cinema (Joana, Coreys’s mother), 2018

Shubunkin, der Fisch im Mond (Shubunkin, the Fish in the Moon)

Children’s play by Gubcompany/Smeets&Wiersma, touring production in Tilburg, Netherlands and Amsterdam. Gioulami took over the role in 2018

Bleu Électrique

Women in Swiss politics. First performance: 2017, Maxim Theater, Zurich

Die Tochter vom Arvenhof (The Daughter of Arven Farm)

Theatre in the Kirchner Museum in Davos (Frau Clavuott and Frau Camastral), 2017

Literaturhaus Zentralschweiz

Emmy Hennings Dada with Christa Baumberger in the LiZ, June 2017

Twentieth Century Blues

Project by Sogar Theater, Zurich, 2016

Theater Amalgam

Since 2015 Dagny Gioulami conceives, writes and produces plays together with Eleni Haupt and Claudio Schenardi, under the name of Theater Amalgam.

Piazza Mezzomondo

Project by Diego Roveroni, 2013

Hedda Gabler

Stadttheater Bern (Thea Elvsted), 2011

Rosa und Blanca

Stadttheater Bern (The Deer), 2008

Die schwarze Spinne (The Black Spider)

Stadttheater Bern (Elsi), 2007

Lampefieber (Stage Fright)

Popmusical by Schtärneföifi, 2006

Deacon Blues

Project by pulp.noir, Zurich, 2005

Songs of Hope by Caroline Sipos

ZHDK short film, 2005

König Hirsch (The Stag King)

Theater Kanton Zürich (Angela), 2004

Belmondo by Anette Carle

ZHDK diploma film, 2003

Der nackte Wahnsinn (Noises off!)

Theater Kanton Zürich (Brooke Ashton/Vicki), 2003

Looking for Rita by Andrea Binswanger

ZHDK diploma film, 2001

Pünktchen und Anton

Theater Basel (Frau Pogge), 2001

Julies Game

Schauspielhaus Zürich (Kristin), 1999

Kleiner Mann, was nun?

Stadttheater Konstanz, Übernahme (Lämmchen), 1998

Städtische Bühnen Münster

Member of permanent ensemble from 1996-98

Theater Wilhelmshaven

Member of permanent ensemble from 1994-96

Vater, lieber Vater (Father, dear Father) by Leopold Huber

Feature film for cinema (Elsbeth, main role), 1993

Buchhandlung im Volkshaus

Parts of the German translation of texts by Shumona Sinha and Viktor Martinowitsch.

Literaturhaus Zürich

Dagny Gioulami works regularly as a reader for the Literaturhaus during readings and book presentations by international authors (Lasha Bugadze, Iman Humaidan, Xiaolu Guo, Jón Gnarr et al).

SRF (Swiss Radio)

For the Swiss Radio SRF Dagny Gioulami recorded the role of Edith in “The Cat”, a short radio play that she also wrote, for the series “Schreckmümpfeli” (Little Bites of Horror).


She is a member of the VPS, the Swiss Union of Professional Speakers

SBS (Swiss Library for the Blind)

Dagny Gioulami works regularly as a speaker for the Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired, recording audio books.