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Thomas Ostermeier

Thomas Ostermeier

Thomas Ostermeier was born in 1968 in Soltau. From 1992-96 he studied directing at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst »Ernst Busch«, Berlin. In 1990-91 he worked as an actor in Einar Schleef‹s »Faust«-Project at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. In 1993-94 he was assistant director and actor with Manfred Karge in Weimar and at the Berliner Ensemble. In 1995 he directed »Die Unbekannte« by Alexander Blok in accordance with Meyerhold’s system of biomechanics. In 1996 he directed »Recherche Faust/Artaud« at the bat-Studiotheater Berlin. From 1996-99 Ostermeier was Artistic Director of the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin. Productions there included »Fat Men in Skirts« by Nicky Silver (1996), »Knives in Hens« by David Harrower (1997 awarded with Friedrich-Luft-Prize), Brecht’s »Mann ist Mann« (1997), »Suzuki« by Alexej Schipenko (1997), »Shopping and Fucking« by Mark Ravenhill (1998), »Below the Belt« by Richard Dresser (1998), »The Blue Bird« by Maeterlinck (1999). In 1998 the Baracke was nominated »Theatre of the Year«. In 1998 and 1999 Ostermeier directed »Disco Pigs« by Enda Walsh and »Fire Face« by Marius von Mayenburg at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg. His final production at the Baracke was »Suzuki II« by Alexej Schipenko.

Since September 1999 Ostermeier has been resident director and member of the Artistic Direction of the Schaubühne. He has also directed several productions at the Münchner Kammerspiele: 2002 »Der starke Stamm« by Marieluise Fleißer, 2005 »Vor Sonnenaufgang« by Gerhart Hauptmann, 2007 »Die Ehe der Maria Braun« by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (invited to the Theatertreffen 2008) and 2009 »Susn« by Herbert Achternbusch, at the Edinburgh Festival: »The Girl on the Sofa« by Jon Fosse, 2002 (awarded with the »Herald Angel Award«) and at the Burgtheater in Vienna: »The Master Builder« by Henrik Ibsen, 2004. In November 2004 Ostermeier was appointed »artiste associé« for the Festival d’Avignon by the new artistic director of the festival, Vincent Baudriller, and has been presenting shows at the Festival almost every year since then.

Invitations to Theatertreffen Berlin with »Knives in Hens« (1997), »Shopping and Fucking« (1998), »Nora« (2003), »Hedda Gabler« (2006) and »Die Ehe der Maria Braun« (2008). Furthermore, in 2003 »Nora« has been awarded the »Nestroy Prize« as well as the »Politika Prize« during the theatre festival in Belgrade BITEF. »Hedda Gabler« received in 2006 the audience award of the Theater¬gemeinde Berlin, his »Little Foxes» was awarded the same prize in 2015. His productions »John Gabriel Borkmann« and »Hamlet« have been awarded with international prizes as best productions in the season 2008/2009: »John Gabriel Borkmann« with the Grand Prix de la Critique of France (April 2009) and »Hamlet« with the Barcelona Critics Prize (September 2009). Thomas Ostermeier’s production »The Cut« received the critic´s prize at the international theatre festival KONTAKT in Torun (Poland) in Mai 2010. For »Measure for Measure« he received the Friedrich-Luft-Prize for the »Best Theatre Performance in Berlin« in 2011. In Chile »Hamlet« has been awarded with the critic’s prize as »Best International Production 2011«, in Turkey with the honor award by the 18th Istanbul Theatre Festival 2012 and in Teheran as best direction at the FADJR International Theatre Festival in 2016.

In 2009 Thomas Ostermeier has been appointed »Officier des Arts et des Lettres« by the French ministry of culture, and promoted to the degree of »Commandeur« in 2015. In Mai 2010 Thomas Ostermeier has been announced as German president of the Deutsch-Französischer Kulturrat (DKFR), German-French Council of Culture. Thomas Ostermeier received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for the entirety of his work in 2011.

His latest productions at the Schaubühne are »An Enemy of the People« by Henrik Ibsen (2012),
»Death in Venice/Kindertotenlieder« after Thomas Mann/Gustav Mahler (2013), »The Little Foxes« by Lillian Hellman (2014) and »Richard III.« by William Shakespeare (2015). In May 2015, he directed the world premiere of Yasmina Reza’s new play, »Bella Figura«.

His productions are touring worldwide to places like Adelaide, Athens, Avignon, Barcelona, Belgrade, Bordeaux, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Bucharest, Caracas, Chennai, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kolkata, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Marseille, Melbourne, Moscow, Naples, New York, Novi Sad, Omsk, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Québec, Rennes, Reims, Santiago de Chile, Sarajevo, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei, Tampere, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Venice, Vienna and Zagreb.

Productions at the Schaubühne 

»Personenkreis 3.1« by Lars Norén, 2000
»Crave« by Sarah Kane, 2000
»Parasiten« by Marius von Mayenburg, 2000 (World Premiere)
»The Name« by Jon Fosse, 2000
»This is a Chair« by Caryl Churchill, 2001
»Dantons Tod« by Georg Büchner, 2001
»Supermarket« by Biljana Srbljanovic, 2001 (World Premiere)
»Better Days« by Richard Dresser, 2002
»Nora« by Henrik Ibsen, 2002 (invited to the Theatertreffen Berlin 2003)
»Wunschkonzert« by Franz Xaver Kroetz, 2003
»Woyzeck« by Georg Büchner, 2003
»Suburban Motel 6: Risiko« by George F. Walker, 2003
»Der Würgeengel« by Karst Woudstra, 2003
»Lulu« by Frank Wedekind, 2004
»Eldorado« by Marius von Mayenburg, 2004 (World Premiere)
Blasted by Sarah Kane, 2005
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, 2005 (invited to the Theatertreffen Berlin, 2006)
Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O´Neill, 2006
A Midsummernight’s Dream William Shakespeare (with C. Macras), 2006
Liebe ist nur eine Möglichkeit by Christoph Nußbaumeder, 2006
Product by Mark Ravenhill, 2006
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, 2007
Room Service by John Murray and Allen Boretz, 2007
The City | The Cut by Martin Crimp and Mark Ravenhill, 2008 (World Premiere)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 2008
John Gabriel Borkmann by Henrik Ibsen, 2008/09
Demons by Lars Norén, 2010
Othello by William Shakespeare, 2010
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, 2011
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, 2012
Death in Venice/Kindertotenlieder after Thomas Mann/Gustav Mahler (2013)
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (2014)
Richard III. by William Shakespeare (2015)
Bella Figura by Yasmina Reza (World Premiere, 2015)
Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler,Direction: Thomas Ostermeier (2016)


In this season

Bella Figura

by Yasmina Reza
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier
World Premiere


by Lars Norén
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

The Marriage of Maria Braun

After the original by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Script: Peter Märthesheimer and Pea Fröhlich
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier 

The Little Foxes

by Lillian Hellman
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier


by Sarah Kane
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier


by William Shakespeare
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

Professor Bernhardi

by Arthur Schnitzler
Version by Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

Richard III.

by William Shakespeare
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier