Ivan Panteleev was born in 1968 in Sofia. He studied theatre directing at the State Academy for Theatre and Film in Sofia. From 1993 to 99, adaptations and productions based on texts by Anton Chekov, James Joyce, Luigi Pirandello, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heiner Müller, and Irvine Welsh in Sofia, Avignon, Riga and Stockholm. From 1998 to 99, scholarship-holder at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Productions staged at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Schauspielhaus Zürich and at the Luzerner Theater. Also productions of his own texts, incl. Drei Sterne suchen einen Koch at the Deutsches Theater Berlin (2006), Herr Rossi sucht das Glück (2007) and Am Ende des Tages fängt ein neuer an (2008) at Theater Freiburg. Panteleev is author and director of the documentary film Homo ludens (2008) about the director Dimiter Gotscheff. At the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxembourg Platz in Berlin, he followed this with his video work A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life (Ein stark verkürzter Abriss des postindustriellen Lebensstils; 2009) and the stage production of Consider the Lobster (Am Beispiel des Hummers; 2010), both by David Foster Wallace, as well as the fragment Der Staub von Brandenburg by Volker Braun and Anna fährt zur Uni by Lothar Trolle (2011). He continued his artistic collaboration with the director Dimiter Gotscheff for whom he wrote the versions of Ward No. 6 (Krankenzimmer Nr. 6) by Anton Chekhov at the Deutsches Theater Berlin (2010) and Immer noch Sturm by Peter Handke (Salzburger Festspiele and Thalia Theater Hamburg, 2011). Since 2010, he has been guest professor for directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin.