B i o g r a p h i e
Stephan Suschke was born in Weimar 1958. He did theatre studies at Humboldt University Berlin from 1982 to 1987.
As of 1987 he worked as dramaturg at Theatre Greifswald and from 1987 till 1991 as Heiner Müller’s assistant and co-director at Deutsches Theater Berlin (DER LOHNDRÜCKER; HAMLET/MASCHINE; MAUSER).
In 1992 Suschke moved together with Müller to Berliner Ensemble where he assisted Müller on several productions. From 1994 onwards he directed himself at Berliner Ensemble: PHARSALIA (Hölderlin), EVA – HITLERS GELIEBTE (Stefan Kolditz), DIE BAUERN (Heiner Müller), DER STURM (Shakespeare), PHILOKTET (Heiner Müller). In 1995 he was called into the leading team of Berliner Ensemble. After Heiner Müllers death in 1996 he became deputy director of the theatre and was responsible for the productions TRISTAN UND ISOLDE at Bayreuth Festival as well as DER AUFHALTSAME AUFSTIEG DES ARTURO UI. From 1997 till 1999 Stephan Suschke was artistic director of Berliner Ensemble.
Since 1999 Stephan Suschke has been working as a freelance theatre director. He worked at Theatre National de la Communauté, Brussels (Belgium), at the National School of Drama, New Delhi (India), at the Victorian College of Arts Melbourne (Australia) at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken (NATHAN DER WEISE; DANTONS TOD; DIE BAKCHEN) and at Staatsschauspiel Dresden (LEBEN GUNDLINGS FRIEDRICH DER GROSSE LESSING SCHLAF TRAUM SCHREI). In 2006 he directed his first opera DAS HERZ by Hans Pfitzner in Würzburg.
Furthermore Suschke directed a radio play for CBC Toronto and is the author and director of the documentary „Ich bin mit meiner Angst allein” on the poet Martin Pohl. As author and editor he published numerous articles on current theatre issues. He published the book „Walter Schmidinger, Angst vor dem Glück“ and „Müller macht Theater“ on Heiner Müller’s theatre productions.