Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Thomas Ostermeier was born in 1968 in Soltau. He began his theatrical career in 1990, acting under director Einar Schleef in his Faust project at Berlin’s Hochschule für Künste. After the project concluded in 1991, Ostermeier began studying directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin, where he met his mentor Manfred Karge. Ostermeier briefly served as Karge’s assistant director and also acted in Weimar and at the Berliner Ensemble. In 1996 Ostermeier took over as artistic director for the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater, where he began to develop his capitalist realism aesthetic, championing audacious plays that challenged modern societal values. Early productions included Fat Men in Skirts by Nicky Silver, Brecht’s Mann ist Mann, and Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill.
Since September 1999, Ostermeier has served as artistic director of the Schaubühne Berlin. His productions have toured extensively and won numerous awards from international festivals. In 2009 he was appointed Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2011 he received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. Ostermeier was last at BAM with An Enemy of the People (NWF 2013) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (NWF 2010).