Uta Plate studied cultural pedagogy at the University of Hildesheim, followed by management of the African-German theatre group Rangi Moja. Her publication "Fremd bleiben" describes intercultural theatre work (co-author Wiebke von Bernstorff, IKO-Verlag, 1997). 1996-99 at the Theater Nordhausen, director of the project "Theater im Knast" ("Theatre in jail") at a juvenile detention centre. Development of theatre plays with senior citizens in retirement homes as well as with children in asylum homes. Uta Plate has been a theatre pedagogue at the Schaubühne Berlin since the 1999/2000 season. Since summer 2014 she has been working internationally as an independent director and lecturer.
Her focus is on working with socially disadvantaged groups ("Theater im Knast", New Zealand, 2016), intergenerational projects ("Leben Lügen Sterben", Theater Neumarkt, Switzerland, 2014), site specific projects ("A way", Denmark, 2016), projects with young people ("Get up stand up", Bürgerbühne Dresden, 2017), documentary theatre ("Youth Memory", Deutsches Theater Berlin 2015), "Hier.Stehe.Ich", Deutsches Theater Berlin, 2017) and theatre work with fugitives and locals ("Servus Salam", Residenztheater München, 2017 / "Der Pakt", UniT, 2018).
She teaches at the universities of Berlin, Hildesheim, Hanover, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, she also conducted two master classes with theatre makers in Burkina Faso.