Born in Hamburg in 1958, Katrin Brack studied set design at the Fine Art Academy in Dusseldorf from 1978 to 1984, in Karl Kneidl. After graduating, she assisted Karl-Ernst Herrmann at the Bochum Schauspielhaus, under the artistic direction of Claus Peymann. She worked at theatres including the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, the Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Schaubühne, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Thalia, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Vienna Burgtheater.
She began a close working relationship with director Dimiter Gotscheff, and also designed many sets for Luk Perceval’s productions.
Brack has been honoured with countless awards. Productions featuring her designs were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2016. In 2004, 2005 and 2007, the critics of ‘theater heute’ magazine voted her Set Designer of the Year. In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious theatre prize, the ‘Faust’ and in 2007 she received the Austrian theatre prize, the ‘Nestroy’.
In 2017 she was awarded the Golden Lion at the Theater-Biennale in Venice, for her career achievements.