In 2010, the Young Directors Project presented productions from the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium with topics ranging from magical–musical theatre to revolutionary commentary about French democracy; from a Germanic interpretation of a Scandinavian Oedipus to the tragic world of Frankenstein’s creator, Mary Shelley.

In addition to sponsorship, Montblanc generates further funds each year from each sale of the Salzburg Special Edition fountain pen “Hommage à Max Reinhardt”, making further international theatre production possible.

Among the four nominees were the Swedish-born director Jakop Ahlbom, Sylvain Creuzevault and his company d’ores et déjà from Paris, Angela Richter from Germany with TOD IN THEBEN and Claude Schmitz from Brussels with MARY MOTHER OF FRANKENSTEIN.

Sylvain Creuzevault and his company, d’ores et déjà, won the Montblanc Young Directors Award in 2010.

The jury included Dr Helga Rabl-Stadler (president of the Salzburg Festival), Birgit Minichmayr (actress), Dr Andrea Schurian (journalist), Klaus Maria Brandauer (actor) and Thaddaeus Ropac (Ropac Gallery).