Thomas Ostermeier, born in Soltau in 1968, studied directing at the University of Dramatic Art Ernst Busch in Berlin. From 1996 to 1999 he served as artistic manager and director at the Baracke am Deutschen Theater Berlin, where he staged “Messer in Hennen” by David Harrower. In 1997 this production was awarded the Friedrich-Luft Prize sponsored by the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper as “Best Berlin Theater Performance”. Together with the staging “Shoppen und Ficken” by Mark Ravenhill it was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen in 1998. In the same year the jury of “Theater heute” magazine elected the Baracke “Theater of the Year”. In 1999 Thomas Ostermeier was nominated “Best Young Director” at the MESS festival in Sarajevo. Since 1999 he has belonged to the artistic management team of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. In 2000 he was granted the European theater award “Neue Theatrale Realitäten” in Taormina. In 2002 he received the Herald-Angel Award sponsored by the Bank of Scotland for his staging of “The girl on the sofa” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2004 Thomas Ostermeier served as Artist Associé in the management of the Festival d'Avignon. In 2011 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennal for his lifetime achievement. In 2012 he was given the honorary award of the 18th Istanbul Theater Festival.
At the Münchner Kammerspiele Thomas Ostermeier has staged “Die Ehe der Maria Braun”, an adaptation of the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (invitation to the Berliner Theatertreffen 2008) as well as “Susn” (2009) by Herbert Achternbusch.