Barbara Ehnes began her art studies in Amsterdam, then moved to Hamburg, where her core subject became scenography and where she met Wilfried Minks and Marina Abramovic. In parallel, she enrolled for a BA in theatre and literature at the University of Hamburg; however, her artistic work remained her passion, especially on stages that initially seemed to be anything but: for example, factories or derelict sites. She soon had the opportunity to let her ideas take shape and develop her own stage sets. Today she has definitively characterised the overall visuals – and therefore also the aesthetics and directing style – of directors such as Stefan Bachmann, Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Lars-Ole Walburg, Stefan Pucher and the choreographer Meg Stuart. She designs sets for Het Muziektheater and Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam (where in 2007, all three Mozart / Da Ponte operas, directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, were staged). She has worked in nearly every major German-language theatre: for example, the Salzburg Festival, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Schauspielhaus Zurich, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Burgtheater Vienna and the Münchner Kammerspiele, where she has been a part of the artistic leadership team under Frank Baumbauer since 2001. In the project Istanbul, Transgelinler, she directed for the first time herself. The play portrays the stories of transsexuals, who lead a ghettoised life in the poor Istanbul district of Tarlabaşi. In 2005, Barbara Ehnes received the Opus – German Stage Award for technical and creative stage work in the category of scenography.