Johannes Schütz was born in 1950 in Frankfurt am Main. In the 1970s he studied and assisted Wilfried Minks in Hamburg in Berlin. In 1974 he had his first jobs as a set designer at the Schillertheater and the Münchner Kammerspiele. In the 1980s he designed opera sets at the Staatsoper in Hamburg, the Staatstheater Kassel and the Théâtre Royale La Monnaie in Brussels. He worked regularly with Jürgen Gosch in Hamburg, Bochum, Düsseldorf and at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Their productions of Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore, Beckett’s Endgame and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee were invited to the Theatertreffen in Berlin. Gorki’s Summer Guests (also directed by Jürgen Gosch) was voted as Production of the Year 2004 in a critics’ poll carried out by the magazine Theater heute. For the set design for Karin Beier’s production of Lear and Das Werk / Im Bus / Ein Sturz (The Work / In the Bus / A Fall), he was awarded the theatre prize The Faust. Johannes Schütz was voted several times as Set Designer of the Year by the magazine Theater heute and in 2007 received the gold medal for his set design for the production of Macbeth at the Prague Quadriennal. In 2010 he received the Nestroy Theatre Prize for the best set design for Begräbnis (Burial) at the Burgtheater in Vienna. In 2009, together with Jürgen Gosch, he won the Berlin Theatre Prize, awarded by the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung (Prussian Maritime Trading Foundation). Since 2010 he has taught at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as a Professor for Set Design. In 2015 he designed the set for Peer Gynt at the Deutsches Theater.