Stefan Pucher was born in Gießen in 1965. He studied Theatre Studies and American Studies in Frankfurt. There, as a student, he began his collaboration with Tom Stromberg, initially at TAT, and then later in Hamburg at the Schauspielhaus, where his ‘Möwe’, which earned him the 2005 Director of the Year accolade from ‘Theaterheute’, can still be seen. So Hamburg knows Pucher well. Previously, in the Nineties, he experimented with the combination of video, music samples and recorded speech in different performance projects. The highlight came in 1997 at the documenta x in Kassel with a campaign entitled ‘15 minutes to comply’, which opened doors for him in big city and state theatres. There he began to apply his methods, tried and tested in his earlier performances, to classics of the theatre, starting with ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Anton Chekhov in 1999. In 2000 he then attached himself to Marthaler’s Zurich Schauspielhaus, staging many of his most important productions there including Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ and Frisch’s ‘Homo Faber’. This is where his long-term work on Chekhov and Shakespeare started, which continues to this day in Pucher’s productions that form part of Chekhov and Shakespeare series at important theatres, for which he has developed his own artistic vocabulary; always in close collaboration with set design, costume and video.
His first production at Thalia came during the 2009/2010 season with ‘Andersen: Trip zwischen Welten’. He has directed other productions at the Zurich Schauspielhaus, the Munich Kammerspielen and the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Stefan Pucher’s pieces are regularly invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen, most recently in 2011 with ‘Death of a Salesman’ from Zurich. In January 2012, Stefan Pucher continued his ongoing work at Thalia with ‘Quijote. Trip zwischen Welten’, followed by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the world premiere of ‘Charles Manson: Summer of Hate - The Musical. A musical trip between L.A. and Death Valley.’