Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar, lived with a foster family in Constanta – and later in Israel and Germany as well – and currently has Swiss citizenship. She studied in Hamburg, was active in judo, kung fu and military diving. Berg considers herself to be part of the Straight Edge movement.
Berg began writing while still a student (of various subjects including oceanography) and has become one of the best-known contemporary playwrights/authors in the German-speaking world with (as of 2020) 27 plays, 15 novels, numerous anthologies and radio plays, as well as full translations into 34 languages.
Berg was awarded the Swiss Book Prize, among other honours, for her latest novel GRM - Brainfuck. In 2020, she received the Grand Prix Literature for her work, the highest award given by Switzerland for literary achievements.
2009: Invited to the Mühlheimer Theatertagen festival
2010: Award for Culture from the Canton of Zurich
2010: Long List for the German Book Prize
2012: Nominated for the Swiss Book Prize
2012: Award for Culture from the City of Zurich
2014: Theater heute magazine's play of the year award for And Now: The World - The So-Called Outside Means Nothing To Me
2016: Friedrich-Luft-Prize for the play And then came Mirna
2016: War Blinded Audio Play Prize for And Now: The World
2016: Audience Prize at the Mülheimer "Stücke 2016" festival for And then came Mirna
2016: Else-Lasker-Schüler Prize for Drama
2019: Kassel Literary Prize for Grotesque Humor
2019: Thüringer Literaturpreis
2019: Nestroy Theatre Prize for Best play – Authors prize
2019: Swiss Book Prize for GRM. Brainfuck
2020: Swiss Grand Prix Literature
2020: Bertolt Brecht Literature Prize