Christopher Rüping


The director Christopher Rüping was born in Hannover in 1985. He became interested in the theatre in its various forms from an early age. Before he studied theatre direction at the Zurich University of the Arts and then at the Theatre Academy in Hamburg, he assisted at the Schauspiel Hannover. His first works were also created in Hamburg: he staged “Philoktet” and “Jekyll/Hyde” at Kampnagel as well as “Hass” at the St. Pauli Theatre. During his studies, he also staged “Illegal” by Björn Bicker at the Theater Kiel. Besides this he has worked on independent projects for theatre festivals, such as the Kaltstart-Festival Hamburg and the Diskurs-Festival in Giessen. In 2011, he finished his studies and was immediately invited to the Radikal jung festival at the Münchner Volktheater with his first work, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which was originally staged at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. His production of “Das Fest”, which he directed at the Schauspiel Stuttgart based on the eponymous film by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov, was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2015. In the years 2014 and 2015, Christopher Rüping was twice voted Young Director of the Year in the critics’ survey of the “Theater heute”. Today, Rüping directs at theatres in Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich and Stuttgart. He made his debut at the Münchner Kammerspiele in the 2015/16 season with an adaption of Dostoevsky’s novel “The Player”. In addition to Miranda July’s “The First Bad Man” and his “Hamlet” production in the 2016/17 season, Rüping is also part of the long-term project “Das Leben Gebrauchsanweisung” (Life A User’s Manual), based on the eponymous novel by Georges Perec, which he locates in different parts of the theatre, using changing formats and theatrical representations. In 2017/18 season he directed Bertolt Brecht’s “Trommeln in der Nacht” at the Kammer 1.