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In the regular consulting service, artFAQ provides you with the concentrated knowledge of a team of experienced production managers for free.

You can visit the regular consulting without appointment and return visits are very welcome.

In addition to their work at artFAQ, the consultants are active in various ways in the independent dance, performance, and theater scene. In this way, they continuously broaden their knowledge with practical experience. The consultation is the right place for questions about your project dossiers, funding submissions, how to set up an association, deal with accounting, employment relationships and much more. We abide by the motto: only an unasked question is a stupid question! Whether you are at the very beginning of your career or an experienced production manager with a specific problem, the consultants will work with you to find answers to even the most complicated questions.

When larger funding applications such as Kozeptförderung or submissions to the city and canton are pending, artFAQ offers special consulting tailored specifically to these funding applications. Unlike the regular consultations, in special consultations a team of two consultants is available for you during a 60-minute slot that you can pre-book, and thus offering space and time for a more in-depth exchange.



ON INPUTS TO THE CITY & CANTON Friday August 16, 2 - 6 p.m. 

and Wednesday August 21, 1 - 5 p.m. 

ONLY BY REGISTRATION via daniela(at)


In the run-up to the deadlines on August 31 and September 1, we are again offering special consultations. In this special consultation, two advisors will be available for one hour to help you find answers to all your questions, big and small, about dossiers, budgets, financing plans, submission forms, time management and more.

Unlike the regular consultation, you must reserve a time slot for the special consultation via

In your email, briefly describe what you would like to discuss, and please send us your telephone number where you can be reached for any queries.


PS: We can process your registration until July 12th or again on August 12th

Both, the regular and the special consultations are free of charge. You can drop by, call or send an email. Your questions and requests are only addressed during the counseling times. You can find an overview of the counseling times in our calendar

Tel: +41 77 493 39 78

Email: beratung(at)


For people with mobility restrictions, it is possible to make an appointment via info(at) for consultation at an external location, ideally with one week's notice.

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Daniela Lehmann has worked in the independent dance and theater scene as well as at institutions such as the Zurich Opera House, the Schauspielhaus Zürich, the festival 500 Jahre Reformation or the Bernese Theaters Schlachthaus Theater and Dampfzentrale and brings experience in the areas of production management, dramaturgy and programming. Today she is co-director of ZÜRICH TANZT and works as a freelance dramaturge. At artFAQ she is happy to answer questions about the set-up & strategies of production structures, human resources & social security, dossier writing & budget, fundraising & networking.

© Photo Isabelle Simmen

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Lukas Piccolin has been working in music recording and production management for various film productions for around 30 years since the beginning of 1990 and has also been working as a production manager for various independent theater companies at theaters such as the Gessnerallee, the Fabriktheater and the Winkelwiese since the early 2000s. Since the beginning of 2023, Lukas has been working as a production manager at Fabriktheater Zurich. He has broad knowledge in production-related issues such as production structures, work permits in Switzerland, withholding taxes, insurance, social security for employees and more.

© Photo Isabelle Simmen


Patricia Bianchi is the artistic director of the festival TANZINOLTEN since 2024. Before that, she worked as the managing director of Fanfaluca Youth Dance Theater Festival in Aarau. In 2021, she received the “cultural award” of the city of Zurich. In the free dance and theater scene, she works for different companies and thus has a lot of experience as a production manager. As a consultant she is interested in practical questions about the structure of the organization, human resources, dossier and budget, project planning and financing.

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Susanna Zachar studied cultural management at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and is a certified copywriter.

She has organized numerous events and theater projects since 2003. She has founded a theater group, written and directed plays.
Furthermore, she has published several books. Since 2018 she has been a solo entertainer and actress. She has been working as a cultural coordinator for the municipality of Volketswil since 2010, where she manages the community center.
She has been a consultant at artFAQ for two years. Her strengths lie in organizing with scarce resources and in aligning marketing measures. As a solution-oriented consultant, she always finds a way.

© Photo Isabelle Simmen


Linda Zobrist was managing director of the "ig tanz ost" association from 2017 to 2023, where she advised dance professionals and managed and shaped a unique support platform with the "TanzPlan Ost" project. In addition, she worked for independent dance companies. In 2021, Linda Zobrist received a recognition award from the city of Zurich for her commitment to dance and she was production manager of the Swiss Dance Days 2024. She will be happy to advise you in the areas of concept development and dossiers, budget and financing, project accounting and bookkeeping, human resources and fair practice.


Nani Khakshouri has been active since 1993 in a wide variety of functions, primarily in the field of dance, and has worked both independently and at permanent venues as a cultural manager, organizer, managing director, lecturer, communications manager and PR officer. Currently, she is working as a PR consultant for the Migros-Kulturprozent dance festival Steps.  She also works for Kids in Dance (fundraising, strategic advice and communication), for artFAQ (in the consulting team) and as a lecturer at the

HF ZUB. Her areas of expertise are: Fundraising, sponsoring, communication, marketing and PR.

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Rabea Grand studied cultural studies with a focus on sociology and has been accompanying local and international artists as a freelance production manager since 2011. Since 2014 she has been working in curation and programming of festivals and institutions (Auawirleben, Zürcher Theater Spektakel), most recently as co-director of the Gessnerallee Zurich. She has broad knowledge in (international) touring, communication and collaboration with institutions, funding strategies, career development and general administrative and organizational production related topics.

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