Dimitrij Schaad was born in Kazakhstan in 1985. From 2005 to 2009 he studied at the Bavarian Theatre Academy August Everding and the Theatre Academy of St. Petersburg. After appearances in Munich and Essen, he was an ensemble member at the Bochum Theatre from 2010-13. He has collaborated with directors such as Roger Vontobel, Sebastian Nübling, Jan Klata and Jan Neumann. In 2011 he was awarded the Bochum Theater Prize and was honoured at the NRW Theatretreffen festival as best young actor. Since the 2013/2014 season Dimitrij Schaad has been a member of the Gorki Theatre's ensemble. In 2014, the critics in the annual survey from the Theater heute journal selected him as the young actor of the year. At the Gorki he performs in, among others, Der Russe ist einer der Birken liebt (All Russians Love Birch Trees), Das Kohlhaas-Prinzip (The Kohlhaas Principle), The Situation and Denial, all directed by Yael Ronen, and has the lead role in Hakan Savaş Mican's Fallada-adaptation Kleiner Mann - was nun? (Little Man – What Now?). He also appears in the recent Gorki production GET DEUTSCH OR DIE TRYIN' by Necati Öziri, directed by Sebastian Nübling. In 2016 he won a student Oscar for the film Invention of Trust, directed by his brother Alex Schaad.