Jan Pappelbaum

Born in 1966 in Dresden. Since 2000 set designer and manager of the scenography department at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. High school diploma, competitive sport in volleyball and bricklayer apprenticeship in Leipzig. Studied architecture at today's Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, where he did his first own student theatre works. From 1993 on, he was assistant to the stage designer Dieter Klaß for the »Urfaust-Kubus« at Kunstfest Weimar, in the artistic direction of Manfred Karge. In this context, he collaborated with students of the Berliner Regieinstitut for the first time, i. a. Tom Kühnel, Andrea Moses, Thomas Ostermeier and Robert Schuster. First set design in 1994 at the b.a.t. Studiotheater Berlin for »King Ubu« (Direction: Claudia Bauer). From 1995 stage sets i. a. in Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Potsdam, Weimar. From 1998 on, he regularly collaborated with Robert Schuster and Tom Kühnel as set designer at Schauspiel Frankfurt, from 1999 on as equipment manager at the TAT in Frankfurt am Main. Continuous collaborations with Thomas Ostermeier, first at the Baracke at Deutsches Theater Berlin, which he converted into an experimental stage in 1997, then from 2000 onwards at the Schaubühne. Since then, he has designed the stage sets for productions of i. a. Thomas Ostermeier, Falk Richter, Patrick Wengenroth, Constanza Macras, Armin Petras, Tom Kühnel, Benedict Andrews and Rafael Sanchez. Further works with Thomas Ostermeier in Vienna, Moscow, Amsterdam and Lausanne. Works for the opera among others at Staatsoper Stuttgart (»Falstaff«, 2013), Staatsoper Berlin (»Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«, 2015) Deutsches National Theater Weimar (»Der Freischütz«, 2016), Mozart Woche Salzburg 2018 (»The Abduction from the Seraglio«) and the Staatsoper Wien (»Die Weiden«, 2018), all directed by Andrea Moses. Workshops and solo exhibitions of his stage sets in Oslo (2009), Krakow (2011), Venice (2015), Hong Kong (2018) and Skopje (2019). In 2006, the book »Dem Einzelnen ein Ganzes / A Whole for the Parts: Jan Pappelbaum. Bühnen / Stages« was published by Theater der Zeit. Exhibition architectures at the Städel Frankfurt am Main and the Hygiene-Museum Dresden.


»Personenkreis 3.1« by Lars Norén (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2000)
»Das Kontingent« by Soeren Voima (Direction: Tom Kühnel and Robert Schuster, 2000)
»Dantons Tod« by Georg Büchner (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2001)
»Supermarket« by Biljana Srbljanovic (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2001)
»Die Arabische Nacht« by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Direction: Tom Kühnel, 2001)
»Goldene Zeiten« by Richard Dresser (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2002)
»Nora« by Henrik Ibsen (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2002)
»Wunschkonzert« by Franz Xaver Kroetz (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2003)
»Woyzeck« by Georg Büchner (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2003)
»Der Würgeengel« by Karst Woudstra (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2003)
»Das System 1/ Electronic City« by Falk Richter (Direction: Tom Kühnel, 2004)
»Das System 2/ Unter Eis« by Falk Richter (Direction: Falk Richter, 2004)
»Das System 3/ Amok WENIGER NOTFÄLLE« by Falk Richter (Direction: Falk Richter, 2004)
»Das System 4/ Hotel Palestine« by Falk Richter (Direction: Falk Richter, 2004)
»Lulu« by Frank Wedekind (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2004)
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2005)
Die Dummheit by Raffael Spregelburd (Direction: Tom Kühnel, 2005)
Zerbombt by Sarah Khane (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2005)
Eldorado by Marius von Mayenburg (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2005)
Trauer muss Elektra tragen by Eugene O’Neill (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2006)
Ein Sommernachtstraum after William Shakespeare (Direction and Choreography: Thomas Ostermeier and Constanza Macras, 2006)
Im Ausnahmezustand by Falk Richter (Direction: Falk Richter, 2007)
Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach by Tennessee Williams (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2007)
Room Service by John Murray and Allen Boretz (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2007)
DIE STADT und DER SCHNITT by Martin Crimp and Mark Ravenhill (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2008)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2008)
John Gabriel Borkmann by Henrik Ibsen (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2009)
The Americas – War of the Worlds by Patrick Wengenroth (Direction: Patrick Wengenroth, 2010)
Othello by William Shakespeare (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2010)
Maß für Maß by William Shakespeare (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2011)
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2012)
Death in Venice/Kindertotenlieder after Thomas Mann/Gustav Mahler (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2013)
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2014)
Richard III by William Shakespeare (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, 2015)
Bella Figura by Yasmina Reza (Direction: Thomas Ostermeier, UA 2015)
Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler, Direction: Thomas Ostermeier (2016)
Youth Without God by Ödön von Horváth, Direction: Thomas Ostermeier (2019)
ödipus by Maja Zade; Direction: Thomas Ostermeier (2021)
reden über sex by Maja Zade, Direction: Marius von Mayenburg (2021)
Sich waffnend gegen eine See von Plagen (To take arms against a sea of troubles), a project by Stas Zhyrkov and Pavlo Arie, Director: Stas Zhyrkov (World Premiere, 2022)

In this season

The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov
In a version by the ensemble using the translation by Ulrike Zemme
Director: Thomas Ostermeier
Stage B

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
In a version by Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer
Director: Thomas Ostermeier
Stage A


by William Shakespeare
Director: Thomas Ostermeier
Stage A

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen
Director: Thomas Ostermeier


by Maja Zade
Director: Thomas Ostermeier
World Premiere
Stage A

Professor Bernhardi

by Arthur Schnitzler
Version by Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer
Director: Thomas Ostermeier
Stage B

reden über sex

by Maja Zade
Director: Marius von Mayenburg
World Premiere

Richard III.

by William Shakespeare
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

To take arms against a sea of troubles (ОЗБРОЮЮЧИСЬ ПРОТИ МОРЯ ЛИХ)

A Project by Stas Zhyrkov and Pavlo Arie
Translation by Sebastian Anton
Director: Stas Zhyrkov 
World Premiere
Проект Стаса Жиркова та Павла Ар’є
Режисер: Стас Жирков
Переклад: Себаст’ян Антон