Dirk Thiele was born in Oberhausen and studied at the Art College (Werkkunstschule
) in Cologne under Rolf Glittenberg and Jürgen Klauke. He now works as stage and costume designer, and is also a performer and dancer in the Zurich band “300” with Marcel Blatti and Paul Lemp. He has produced stage designs for the Hamburg Thalia Theater, the Hamburg Deutsches Schauspielhaus, the Zurich Schauspielhaus, the Vienna Burgtheater, the Essen Schauspiel, the Maly Theater in St. Petersburg, the Famous Door Theater Chicago, the National Theatre in Lisbon, the Volkstheater in Vienna, the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich, the Basel Schauspiel, the Salzburg Festival, the EXPO Schweiz, the EXPO Hannover, and the Graz Kunstverein. He has worked with various directors, including Niklaus Helbling (with whom he won the Impulse Festival 1999 for their production of Bambification
), Falk Richter, Karin Henkel, Stephan Pucher and David Bösch. In addition to his work as stage designer, he has designed costumes for the band “Sisters of Mercy” and was artistic director of the music festivals “Black Life Box” and the “Festival of Ingratitude” in Cologne and, together with Brigitte Helbling, of the theatre and installation project Bad Hotel
at the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich. Thiele is also a freelance painter, represented by the Zurich galerist Zoe Staehli of the “Museum of Porn in Art”, who arranged for his work to appear in the “Note Book” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Thiele lives with his wife and child in Zurich.