Martin Zehetgruber was born in 1961 in Austria. He studied at the Academy of Music and the Fine Arts (Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in Graz. In 1989, together with Martin Kusej, he founded the production company “MY FRIEND MARTIN”. From 1993-2001, he was stage designer in residence at the Stuttgart Staatstheater. In 2001, he was appointed Professor in the faculty of stage design at the State Academy of the Fine Arts (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste) in Stuttgart. In addition to Martin Kusej, Zehetgruber has worked with the directors Andrea Breth and Hans Kresnik. In 1998 and again in 2000, the critic’s poll of the journal Theater heute (i.e., Theatre Today) voted him Stage designer of the Year. He was awarded the Nestroy Prize for “Best Sets and Design” for Glaube und Heimat (i.e., Faith and Homeland) in 2001, Letzter Aufruf (i.e., Last Call) in 2002 and Don Carlos in 2004.