Calis was born in 1976 in Bielefeld. He studied directing at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich and works as a writer, theatre- and film director. He began by directing short films and video clips for hip-hop artists. In 2003, his first play Dog Eat Dog received its world premiere and was presented in the same year as part of the Autorentheatertage at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. He has won several awards for his literary work. For his production of Schiller’s Die Räuber, he was awarded the Viennese Nestroy Theatre Award in 2006 in the category of ''Best New Director''. He filmed his acclaimed production of Wedekind’s Frühlings Erwachen! for ZDF in 2010, which received its world premiere in 2007 at the Schauspiel Hannover in 2007. In 2006, he directed the film of his screenplay Meine Mutter, mein Bruder und ich. In 2011 he published the novel Der Mond ist unsere Sonne. Nuran David Calis regularly works at theatres in Bochum, Stuttgart and Berlin.