Sebastian Hartmann was born in 1968 in Leipzig; he went on to study acting for stage- and screen at the Hans Otto Drama School, Leipzig. From 1991 to 1993, he was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and in 1993/1994 at the Carrousel Theater in Berlin. From the mid 1990s on, he staged his first productions in the independent theatre scene. In 1998, he founded the wehrtheater hartmann. In 1999, he staged productions at the Theaterhaus Jena, the Tacheles, Berlin and at the Theater unterm Dach in Berlin. From 1999 to 2003, he was a director at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin and from 2001 to 2005 at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg. In addition, he worked as a freelance director at the Burgtheater, Vienna, Theater Basel, Schauspiel Köln, Theater Magdeburg, Schauspiel Frankfurt, NO-Theater Tallinn. While working as a freelance director at the National Theatre Oslo, he received the Hedda Prize for Best Director and the Oslo Prize for Best Performance in 2005 for his production of ”John Gabriel Borkmann”. For his production of ”Segen der Erde” he won the Hedda Prize again in 2006. He staged numerous productions as artistic director at Schauspiel Leipzig from 2008 to 2013 (including ”Matthäuspassion”, ”Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht”, ”Der Kirschgarten”, ”Paris, Texas”, ”Der Zauberberg”, ”Der Trinker”, ”Krieg und Frieden”, ”mein faust”). In 2016, he opened the international Ingmar Bergman Festival with ”Huset vid Natten Ände”. This year’s invitation to the Theatertreffen is the third for the director (”Krieg und Frieden” – Centraltheater Leipzig, 2013, ”Erniedrigte und Beleidigte” after Fjodor M. Dostojevski – Staatsschauspiel Dresden, 2019 and ”Der Zauberberg” after Thomas Mann – Deutsches Theater Berlin, 2021.