Dea Loher, born in Traunstein/Upper Bavaria, is a prosewriter and one of the most important contemporary dramatists of the German language. She graduated with a master's degree in German and Philosophy in Munich and later studied Scenic Writing at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, among others with Heiner Müller. She has a long-standing working relationship with the director Andreas Kriegenburg, who premiered many of her plays. In addition to various individual awards, Dea Loher received the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Dramatikerpreis for her complete works in 2005, the Bertolt-Brecht-Literaturpreis in 2006, the Berliner Literaturpreis in 2009 andthe Joseph-Breitbach-Preis in 2017. Her plays were invited several times to the Autorentheatertage and the Mülheimer Theatertage. Dea Loher won the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis twice: in 1998 with Adam Geist and in 2008 with Das letzte Feuer. With Thieves in the premiere of Andreas Kriegenburg, a play by Dea Loher was shown for the first time at the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2010. Dea Loher has been a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry since 2013 and of the Academy of Arts since 2016.