Sylvia Rieger was born in Wolfratshausen in 1984. She studied Staging and Costume Design at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts under Johannes Leiacker, as well as spending two semesters studying Free Art with the likes of Christian Boltanski at the ENSBA Paris. She then worked as an assistant at the Berlin Schaubühne, the Berlin Volksbühne and the Vienna Burgtheater. Since the 2011/12 season, she has been a close collaborator of director and author Hakan Savaş Mican.
She worked on further designs, collaborating with directors including Anne Bader, Yael Ronen, Ilan Ronen, Anestis Azas, Prodromos Tsinikoris, Maximilian von Mayenburg, Züli Aladağ , Miraz Bezar and Juan Perno. Her work has led her to the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, Ballhaus Naunynstraße in Berlin, the Graz Schauspielhaus, the Munich Volkstheater, the Heidelberg Theatre and Orchestra, the Wiesbaden State Theatre, the Mainz State Theatre, the Darmstadt State Theatre and the Münster Theatre.
She has collaborated with Hakan Savaş Mican on many projects at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin, including “Learning to Swim”, “Fear Eats the Soul”, “The Indignant”, “Little Man – What Now?”, “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” and “Faith, Love, Hope.”