Ersan Mondtag was born in Berlin in 1987 and works as a director between the disciplines of theatre and music, performance and installation. In 2012 he founded the KAPITÆL ZWEI KOLEKTIF in Munich and collectively developed duration performances, experimental party forms and interdisciplinary works for the theatre. For the Pinakothek der Moderne museum’s temporary pavilion he created KONKORDIA, a nine-day duration performance, together with Olga Bach. His productions at the Schauspiel Frankfurt and Staatstheater Kassel were invited to the radikal jung and Berlin Theatertreffen festivals, among others. The THEATER HEUTE journal crowned Mondtag 2016's »young director of the year«, as well as »set and costume designer of the year«. His production of Olga Bach’s Die Vernichtung at Konzert Theater Bern garnered Mondtag his second Theatertreffen invitation in a row. In 2017 THEATER HEUTE named him »costume designer of the year«; the DEUTSCHE BÜHNE magazine chose him as »set designer of the year«. For his production Das Internat at Schauspiel Dortmund, Mondtag received another invitation to the Theatertreffen in 2019 - totalling three invitations to the prestigious festival within just four years. Furthermore, Mondtag also received the 3sat-Award for Das Internat in 2019. In the 2018/19 season he created new works for the Münchner Kammerspiele (Dr. Alici by Olga Bach) and the Schauspiel Köln (Die Räuber). For the NT Gent and the Kunstenfestival, Mondtag created a gesamtkunstwerk titled De Living. The Berliner Ensemble opened their 2019/20 season with a production of Brecht's Baal directed by Mondtag. In Cologne he adapted Visconti’s The Damned for the stage. At the Vlaamse Opera (Gent and Antwerp) and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mondtag is celebrating his debuts in a new genre in 2020.
For the Maxim Gorki Theatre Mondtag created EIN REQUIEM DEUTSCHER GERICHTSSPRACHEN within the framework of the »New Voices« format in Studio Я. He also directed ÖDIPUS UND ANTIGONE and SALOME, as well as Sibylle Berg's HASS-TRIPTYCHON - WEGE AUS DER KRISE, which premiered at the Wiener Festwochen in 2019. In the 2020/2021 season, Mondtag’s production IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE is celebrating its premiere at the Gorki.