Jens Kilian

Born in 1959 in Dresden. After a three-year apprenticeship in stage design at the DEFA studios in Babelsberg, he completed his training in stage and costume design at the College of the Arts at Wießensee (East Berlin). In 1985, he resettled in West Berlin after his diploma thesis was banned by the East German regime. From 1985 to 1990, he was assistant stage designer at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and then head of the stage design department at the Cologne Schauspiel. Since 1992, he has worked freelance at many noted theatres in Germany and abroad; for instance, the German Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Munich Kammerspiele, the Vienna Burgtheater, and the Operas in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin. Four productions in which he participated have been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen: Strindberg’s Miss Julie, Jelinek’s Rod, Staff, and Crook, Euripides’ Alcestis and Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.