Bernd Isele studied German, history and art history, first in Konstanz, then at the University of Münster, where he worked as a research assistant from 2002 to 2005. Since 2004 he has been working in the theatre in Switzerland: 2004/05 as a guest assistant at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, since 2006 at the Lucerne Theatre. He works there as a dramaturge with excursions into opera and runs the Experimentierbühne UG, a basement venue for contemporary plays. Since 2012, Bernd Isele has worked freelance, including on an anthology on the author and theatre landscape of Central Switzerland published in 2016. From 2013 to 2018, he worked at the Staatstheater Stuttgart. He works there across all genres with Calixto Bieito and in the theatre continuously with Armin Petras, Christiane Pohle, Christopher Rüping, Stephan Kimmig and Schorsch Kamerun. From 2014 to 2018 he is a lecturer in dramaturgy at the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg. Bernd Isele has been working at the Deutsches Theater since 2018. As a dramaturg with a focus on new drama, he oversees world premieres by Ferdinand Schmalz, Elfriede Jelinek, Moritz Rinke, René Pollesch, Peter Handke, Nele Stuhler, Rosa von Praunheim and others. He is also responsible for the Autor:innentheatertage.