Famous Theatre Directors from Germany

List of notable or famous theatre directors from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in Germany and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from Germany is included when available.

This list has a variety of people, like Mike Nichols and Jerry Zaks, in it.

This historic theatre directors from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from Germany?" These prominent theatre directors of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German theatre directors.

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  • Adolf Dresen
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    Adolf Dresen

    Adolf Dresen was a film director.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1935-2001)
    • Birthplace: Eggesin, Germany
  • Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (, German: [ˈbɛɐ̯tɔlt ˈbʁɛçt] (listen); 10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956), known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet. Living in Munich during the Weimar Republic, he had his first successes with theatre plays, whose themes were often influenced by his Marxist thought. He was the main proponent of the genre named epic theatre (which he preferred to call "dialectical theatre"). During the Nazi period and World War II he lived in exile, first in Scandinavia and then in the United States. Returning to East Berlin after the war, he established the theatre company Berliner Ensemble with his wife and long-time ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1898-1956)
    • Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
  • Christoph Schlingensief
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    Christoph Maria Schlingensief (24 October 1960 – 21 August 2010) was a German theatre director, performance artist and filmmaker. Starting as an independent underground filmmaker, Schlingensief later staged productions for theatres and festivals, often accompanied by public controversies. In the final years before his death, he staged Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival and worked at several opera houses, establishing himself as a Regietheater artist. He posthumously won the Golden Lion for Germany in 2011 at the Venice Biennale for the best national pavilion, which was turned into an installative replica of the stage design for his autobiographical play "A Church of Fear VS. the Alien ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1960-2010)
    • Birthplace: Oberhausen, Germany
  • Dani Levy (born 17 November 1957) is a Swiss filmmaker, theatrical director, screenwriter and actor.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
  • Erik Charell (April 8, 1894 – July 15, 1974), born as Erich Karl Löwenberg, was a German theatre and film director, dancer and actor. He is best known as the creator of musical revues and operettas, such as White Horse Inn (Im weißen Rössl) and The Congress Dances (Der Kongress tanzt).
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)
    • Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
  • Friedelind Wagner (29 March 1918 – 8 May 1991) was the daughter of German opera composer Siegfried Wagner and his English wife, Winifred Williams and the granddaughter of the composer Richard Wagner. She was also the great-granddaughter of the composer Franz Liszt. Born in Bayreuth, she was known by the nickname "Die Maus" or "Mausi". Along with other members of her family, from early in life Friedelind Wagner was involved with the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. In 1936, Friedelind Wagner began work as an assistant to Heinz Tietjen but her outspoken criticism of close family friend Adolf Hitler - her mother, the English-born Winifred Williams, was a fanatical admirer of Hitler - and the policies ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1918-1991)
    • Birthplace: Bayreuth, Germany