Born 1969 in Hamburg, Falk Richter studied philosophy and theatre direction, also in Hamburg, and is counted among the most important German playwrights and theatre directors of his generation. He's worked at renowned theatres across Europe since 1994, staging operas, his own works and classic plays. His most well-known and successful texts include: God is a DJ, Electronic City, Under ice – the Opera and Trust. With their striking contemporary relevance, his plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and are produced all over the world. He often devises his projects with an ensemble of musicians, actors and dancers. In 2013 he was awarded the Friedrich-Luft-Preis for his production For the Disconnected Child. His research project SMALL TOWN BOY is part of the Gorki's regular programming, VERRÄTER is his second production at the theatre. In 2020, his research project IN MY ROOM premieres at the Gorki. This play is nominated for Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis. In June 2016 Falk Richter received the »Soul of Stonewall Award 2016« in the culture category. After his first invitation to the Theatertreffen festival in 2000 for Nothing Hurts, his staging of Elfriede Jelinek's On the Royal Road at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg in 2018 was both invited to the Theatertreffen and selected as play of the year. Richter teaches directing as a professor at the Danish National School for Performing Arts in Copenhagen. In 2018 the French government named him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (English: Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature). He was awarded the Special Teddy Award of Berlinale for his artistic work and his activism for the LGBTIQ* Community.