Joachim Schloemer started out studying architecture, but then he enrolled at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, where he trained to become a choreographer. Between 1991 and 2001 he was responsible for dance at the Theater Ulm, at the Nationaltheater Weimar and at the Theater Basel. During this period he also worked for the theatre, the opera and the youth theatre of the respective institutions. He got commissions from the Staatsoper Stuttgart and the Burgtheater in Vienna as well as contract work with the Wiener Festwochen, the Schauspielhaus in Cologne and the Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf, the Theater Freiburg and with others.
Joachim Schloemer is mainly focused on the present day. His eye is attracted by the seemingly insignificant. One subject matter is the escapism of the modern nomad. Searching for synergistic effects and having been the former manager of the Festspielhaus St. Pölten/Austria and worked as director, Schloemer combines and links different media, bringing people together in festivals and pieces under the different focal themes. He was able to implement this successfully e.g. at the Salzburg Festival, the Steirischer Herbst, The Wiener Festwochen, the Schwetzinger SWR-Festspiele, the Luzern Festival and at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten.
Since 2004 Joachim Schloemer has taught at several universities, both in Germany and other countries. His positions have included: visiting professor at the University of Giessen, the FU Berlin, HDK Zurich, the HK Bern and Western Washington University (USA). He also gives lectures at academic congresses. He has overseen co-operative projects between the municipal theatres in Freiburg and Heidelberg. It is the goal of the two bodies to achieve a collaboration between the free scene and institutionalized theatre. In September 2009 Joachim Schloemer took on the role of artistic director at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten for four years.
Most recently Joachim Schloemer ran the ‘Laboratorium’ at the HK Bern. Based on ‘Les Indes galantes’ by Jean-Philippe Rameau, he brought all degree courses together in one big project. He writes scripts, he directs in the genres of opera and theatre, he develops material with artistic teams and is also the co-artistic director and curator at Podewil ‘Tanz für junges Publikum’ in Berlin. Joachim Schloemer lives in Berlin and Bern.