Sylvia Rieger was born in Wolfratshausen in 1984. She studied set and costume design at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts under Johannes Leiacker, as well as taking two semesters in fine arts under Christian Boltanski at the ENSBA Paris, among others. After her studies she worked in assistant positions at Berlin's Schaubühne and Volksbühne, and at the Burgtheater in Vienna. She has worked closely with director and author Hakan Savaş Mican since the 2011/2012 season.
Rieger has also created designs in collaboration with directors Anne Bader, Yael Ronen, Ilan Ronen, Anestis Azas, Prodromos Tsinikoris, Maximilian von Mayenburg, Züli Aladağ, Miraz Bezar and Juan Perno. Her work has taken her to the Maxim Gorki Theatre, Hebbel am Ufer and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin, as well as state and public theatres in Graz, Munich, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Darmstadt and Münster.
She's collaborated with Hakan Savaş Mican on the following works at the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin: Schwimmen Lernen (Learning to Swim), Angst Essen Seele Auf (Fear Eat Soul Up), Die Ungehaltenen (The Indignant Ones), Kleiner Mann - was nun? (Little Man, What Now?), Der Mann, der Liberty Valence erschoss (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence) and Glaube Liebe Hoffnung(Faith, Hope, and Charity).