Thomas Köck, born in 1986 in Steyr in Austria, was socialised through music. He studied philosophy and literature as well as dramatic writing at the UdK University of the Arts Berlin and collaborated with the theatercombinat in Vienna. With Jenseits von Fukuyama (Beyond Fukuyama) he won the Osnabrück Playwright Prize 2014 and for Isabelle H. (Geopfert wird immer) (Isabelle H. (There are always victims)), the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Stückepreis in 2015. Köck was the in-house playwright at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in 2015/16. With Paradies fluten (Verirrte Sinfonie) (Paradise flooding (erratic symphony)), the first part of his climate trilogy, he was invited to the Heidelberg Stückemarkt and the Autorentheatertage. He has received several awards for his theatre texts, including the Kleist Förderpreis in 2016 and the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis in 2018.