Lea Draeger was born in Münster in 1980 and studied at the Academy of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. After an engagement at the Bochum Theatre, she became an ensemble member of the Schaubühne Berlin, where she has worked with Thomas Ostermeier and Michael Thalheimer, among others. She continued her work with author and director Falk Richter in 2012 with Rausch as a guest performer at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf and in 2014 with Small Town Boy at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin. Since the 2015/16 season she's been a member of the Gorki ensemble. In addition to her theatre work, she works in film and television, and as a visual artist.