Jette Steckel was born in Berlin in 1982. She interned and worked as an assistant director at Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Vienna’s Burgtheater, and at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. From 2003 to 2007 Steckel studied theatre direction in Hamburg and audited courses at GITIS, the Russian University of Theatre Arts in Moscow. She staged Darja Stocker’s Nightblind at the ‘Thalia in der Gaußstraße’ in 2006. For this production Steckel was named ‘Most Promising Young Director of 2007’ by trade magazine Theater heute and received invitations to numerous festivals. She also mounted productions of Saved by Edward Bond and The New Sufferings of Young W. by Ulrich Plenzdorf for the Thalia Theater’s smaller stage. Jette Steckel won the Gertrud Eysoldt Young Directors’ Award for Saved in 2008, and was invited to the ‘Radikal jung’ young directors’ festival at Munich’s Volkstheater. She works regularly at Cologne’s Schauspiel (where she staged Dea Loher’s Stranger’s House and Juli Zeh’s novel Gaming Instinct); and the Thalia Theater (directing Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck with music by Tom Waits, and Schiller’s Don Carlos). Steckel’s first Deutsches Theater production was Caligula by Albert Camus, staged in the DT Box. In 2009, this production was also invited to ‘Radikal Jung’ at the Volkstheater in Munich – and won the festival prize. In the same year Jette Steckel staged William Shakespeare’s Othello at the Deutsches Theater’s Kammerspiele. She directed Maxim Gorky’s Philistines at the DT in 2011 and Jean-Paul Sartre’s Dirty Hands in 2012.