Jonathan Mertz, born in Stuttgart in 1986, studied visual arts and stage design with Raimund Bauer at the Hamburg University for Fine Arts and with Marie-José Burki at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. During his studies he implemented and organized numerous exhibitions. For some years Mertz has primarily worked as stage designer. He has entertained a long and close cooperation with director Christopher Rüping. Engagements took them to Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin, and other places. Their collaboration on Thomas Vinterberg’s “Das Fest” was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen in 2015.