René Pollesch, born 1962 in Friedberg/Hessen, is a German author and dramatist. He studied Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen under Andrzej Wirth and Hans-Thies Lehmann. From 1998 he directed his own plays at various theatres throughout the german spaking area. Furthermore, he collaborated with several companies in Santiago de Chile, Stockholm, Tokio and Warschau. In 2010 Pollesch directed his first opera Metanoia. Über das Denken hinaus. It premiered at the Schillertheater, used as an alternative venue for the Staatsoper Berlin. In 2015 his genre-crossing opera Von einem der auszog, weil er sich die Miete nicht mehr leisten konnte (Music: Dirk von Lowtzow) was presented at Berliner Volksbühne. For the Burgtheater in Vienna he produced Hallo Hotel ...!, Häuser gegen Etuis, Das purpurne Muttermal (Nestroy Award for „Best Play“ in 2007), Fantasma (Audience Award of the Mülheimer Theatertage 2009), Peking Opel, Die Liebe zum Nochniedagewesenen, Cavalcade or Being a holy motor and Carol Reed. His last production for the Wiener Festwochen was Deponie Highfield in 2019. Many of his plays have been invited to the Mülheimer Theatertage and the Berliner Theatertreffen, most recently in 2012 Kill your Darlings! Streets of Berladelphia (Berliner Volksbühne). In 2012 he received the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Dramatikerpreis for his dramatic oeuvre and became a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. From the season 2021/22, René Pollesch will head Volksbühne Berlin as its artistic director.