Matthias Koch completed his training as a set and costume designer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden in 2005, before working as an assistant at the Stuttgart State Theatre from 2005 to 2008. In the 2008/2009 season he became Lead Set Designer of the Sparte Schauspiel.
Matthias Koch has been a freelance set and costume designer since 2009, working at venues including Thalia in Hamburg, Basel Theatre, the Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Stuttgart State Theatre and the Vienna Burgtheater, collaborating with directors including Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Alexander Nerlich, Ronny Jakubaschk, Eike Hannemann, Dorothea Schroeder and Nina Gühlstorff.
Furthermore, Koch regularly collaborates with director Antú Romero Nunes. Together they have created high-profile productions at many different theatres, including Schiller’s ‘The Robbers’ (Maxim Gorki Theatre, 2012), Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ (Thalia, 2013), the Joseph Roth project, ‘Hotel Europe or The Antichrist’ (Academy Theatre Vienna, 2015) as well as Marschner’s ‘The Vampire’ (Comic Opera Berlin, 2016). In 2016 Koch was awarded the Rolf Mares Prize in the category of ‘Exceptional Set Design’ for ‘The Castle’ (Directed by Antú Romero Nunes). His production of ‘The Odyssey’ (Thalia Gauß, 2017) was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2018.