Thomas Rupert was born in Maastricht. After studying Fashion and Costume Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, which he completed in 1990 with a distinction, he studied Scenography at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. In 1991 he took up an internship at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg. From 1992 to 1998 he worked as a full-time scenographer and costume designer at the Kruis van Bourgondië in Maastricht. Since 1996 he has worked as a set and costume designer for the dance theatre group Conny Janssen Danst. Over the past few years he has collaborated with the directors Lodewijk de Boer, Hans Croiset, Antoine Uitdehaag, Andreas Kriegenburg and with the Theatergroep Hollandia, Het Nationale Toneel Den Haag, Het Toneel Speelt, Toneelgroep Oostpool and Introdans. Since 1998/99 Thomas Rupert has also worked on a regular basis with the director Alize Zandwijk, for whom he has designed sets at the Ro Theater Rotterdam (The Lower Depths, Oresteia, Leonce und Lena, Branden [Scorched]) and at the Thalia Theater Hamburg (Ivanov, Summerfolk and Happiness). Since 2004 Thomas Rupert has also collaborated closely with the choreographer Nils Christe. Joint productions have resulted at the ballettmainz, the Royal Swedish Ballet Stockholm, the Ballett Kiel and the Queensland Ballet Brisbane, among others. In 2006 Thomas Rupert was awarded the Rolf Mares Prize, and he was nominated for the Wijnberg Scenography Prize for Branden (Scorched) in 2010. Since 1998 he has been a guest lecturer at the Theaterakademie in Maastricht as well as the Wimbledon School of Art in London in the department of set design.