Katharina Schmitt studied directing at the Prague Academy of Arts and works as a director
and playwright, creating shows that oscillate between theatre, opera and the visual arts.
She has received major accolades such as the Jakob-Michael-Reinhold-Lenz-Award for Playwriting for her play Knock Out, the Martha Saalfeld Award for Literature, an EHF 2010 Fellowship and an Alfred Döblin Scholarship from the Berlin Academy of Arts. She has participated in residencies in Europe and the United States.
Katharina Schmitt has collaborated with many international theatres and festivals, such as Thalia Theater Hamburg, Munich Biennale, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Watermill Center New York, Gare du Nord Basel and National Theatre Prague, among others. Since 2012, she is one of the associate directors of the Studio Hrdinů theatre in Prague.
Schmitt has worked extensively as a librettist and director within music theatre: in 2016, she directed György Ligeti’s operas Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures, the opening of New Opera Days Ostrava, and, in 2017, Jiří Kadeřábek’s opera No Man, for which she co-wrote the libretto, at the Prague National Theatre. In 2018, she directed Everything Goes to Plan by Ondřej Adámek, for which she wrote the libretto, at the Munich Biennale. Her latest music theatre project, A Study of Aphasia, premiered in August 2020 at New Opera Days Ostrava.
She regularly works as a writer and director of radio plays: her work has been produced and broadcast by Deutschlandradio, ORF, Český Rozhlas, and WDR among others, receiving nominations for Prix Marulić and for Grand Prix Nova. Her plays are published by Rowohlt Theaterverlag.