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, and in 1993-94 he was assistant director and actor with Manfred Karge in Weimar and at the Berliner Ensemble. From 1996-99, Ostermeier was Artistic Director of the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin. Since 1999, Ostermeier has been resident director and member of the Artistic Direction of the Schaubühne. He has also directed several productions as a guest in other German theatres and, in November 2004, he was appointed as a curator (“artiste associé”) for the Festival d’Avignon, to which numerous of his productions have been invited since, most recently Richard III in 2015.
In addition to numerous awards for individual productions, such as the Friedrich-Luft-Prize (Measure for Measure), the Grand Prix de la Critique for John Gabriel Borkmann (2009) and the “Barcelona Critics Prize” (Hamlet, 2009), Thomas Ostermeier received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for the entirety of his life’s work in 2011. His ongoing success with French audiences and frequent presence of his plays in France have been rewarded by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication, most recently in February 2015, when he was named Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.