Thomas Ostermeier studied stage direction in Berlin, and his first successful productions were as stage director and artistic director of the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin. Since September 1999, he has been stage director and a member of the artistic direction team of the Schaubühne, Berlin, where he continues to discover and feature contemporary texts, while also working on classical drama, such as Ibsen and Shakespeare.
Ostermeier first gained recognition in France in 2004 when he was chosen as associate artist at the Festival d’Avignon. Over the years he has been acclaimed with awards and distinctions: the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale Teatro in 2011, the rank of “Commandeur” in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres granted by the French Ministry of Culture in 2015, and, in 2019, the Molière award for Public Theater for La Nuit des rois (Twelfth Night).
Ostermeier’s productions are programmed around the world, and have been seen in cities such as Edinburgh, London, Stockholm, Zagreb, Tbilisi, Minsk, Prague, Paris, Reims, Clermont-Ferrand, Santiago de Chile, Bogotá, Adelaide, Seoul, and Beijing.