Martin Laberenz was born in Finland in 1982. He worked as an assistant at the Schauspielhaus Bochum and subsequently for three years at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. He went on to stage productions at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at Theater Dortmund. In 2008 he performed in René Pollesch’s Tal der fliegenden Messer (Valley of the Flying Knives) at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. At Theater Dortmund he staged Visitor Q (2010, invited to the NRW Theatertreffen) and Naked Lenz (2011). In 2008 he began working as the in-house director at Centraltheater Leipzig, where he staged Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (2012) and Notes from Underground (2012, in a coproduction with the Ruhrfestspielen Recklinghausen). In 2013 he directed Die Reise (The Journey), based on the novel by Bernward Vesper, at Schauspiel Stuttgart and staged an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novel The Gambler at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and The Brothers Karamazov at Schauspiel Hannover. At the Deutsches Theater Berlin he was a director at the Authorentheatertage Berlin 2013 and 2014, on each occasion for a workshop production for the Lange Nacht der Autoren (Schwäne des Kapitalismus (Swans of Capitalism) by Matthias Naumann, and Protection by Anja Hilling). Currently his productions of WUT (Rage) by Elfriede Jelinek (premiere 2016) as well as Offending the Audience (Publikumsbeschimpfung), a co-production with the Schauspiel Stuttgart (premiere 2018), can be seen in the Kammerspiele.