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Martin Kukulies was born in 1954 in Berlin. After his apprenticeship and qualifying examination as a cabinet-maker, he studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Karl Kneidl. He was assistant stage designer to Peter Zadek at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and has worked since 1986 as a freelance stage designer at various theatres (including the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, the Schauspielhaus Bochum, the Schauspiel Bonn, and the Theater Oberhausen). Kukulies has been a lecturer in Scenography at the College of the Fine arts in Maastricht (Netherlands) since 2004.