Stefan Pucher was born in 1965, in the western German town of Giessen, and completed a degree in Theatre Studies and American Literature in Frankfurt. Beginning in the mid-1990s he began working intensively on various performance art projects, experimenting with the interplay between video art, music sampling and literary works. Pucher also directed plays at Frankfurt’s Theater am Turm (TAT) on a regular basis. In 1999 he staged his first piece of classical theatre: Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at Theater Basel. Afterwards he directed productions at Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Maxim Gorky Theatre, Hamburg’s Deutsches Schauspielhaus and Munich’s Kammerspiele. From 2000 to 2004, Stefan Pucher was an in-house director at the Zurich Playhouse. In 2005 he was named “Director of the Year” in the annual critics’ poll conducted by trade magazine Theater heute (Theatre Today). Many of his productions have been invited to Berlin’s Theatertreffen festival, a showcase for the year’s best German-language theatre productions. In 2011, Pucher’s staging of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman for the Zurich Playhouse was among the productions selected to be performed at the Theatertreffen. As well as directing Tape for the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Stefan Pucher is currently staging productions for Munich’s Kammerspiele, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Vienna’s Burgtheater and the Zurich Playhouse.
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