Born in 1977 in Bern, Milo Rau is a director, author and, since the 2018/19 season, the artistic director of NTGent (Belgium). He studied sociology and German and French language and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich. Since 2002, he has created and published more than 50 stage plays, films, books and actions. His productions were presented at all important international festivals including Berliner Theatertreffen, Festival d’Avignon, Venice Biennale, Wiener Festwochen and Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide. Milo Rau has been awarded numerous prizes, the most recent of which include the 2018 European Theatre Prize, the 2017 Peter Weiss Prize, the 2017 3sat Award, the 2017 Saarbrücken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, as the youngest artist ever, the renowned ITI Prize of the World Theatre Day 2016, following in the footsteps of Frank Castorf and Pina Bausch. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted Theatre Director of the Year by a critics’ survey conducted by the magazine Deutsche Bühne. He was a guest of Wiener Festwochen with his productions The Civil Wars (2015) and Orest in Mossul (2019).