Katharina Schmitt studied directing at the Prague Academy of Arts and works as a director and playwright.
She has collaborated with many international theatres and festivals, such as the Prague National Theatre, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Watermill Center New York, NODO Ostrava and the Munich Biennale for New Music Theatre among others.
In her directing, Katharina Schmitt focuses on immersive forms that oscilate between visual arts and theatre. Since 2012, she is an associate director at the theatre Studio Hrdinů, based at the Prague National Gallery and specialising in interdisciplinary formats.
Schmitt has also worked as librettist and director within music theatre: in 2016, she directed György Ligeti’s operas Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures, the opening of festival NODO Ostrava, and, in 2017, Jiří Kadeřábek’s opera No Man, for which she co-wrote the libretto, at the Prague National Theatre.
In 2018, Schmitt directed Everything Goes to Plan by Ondřej Adámek, for which she wrote the libretto, at the Munich Biennale.
She also regularly works as a writer and director of radio plays - her work has been produced and broadcast by Deutschlandradio, ORF, Český Rozhlas and WDR among others, receiving nominations for Prix Marulić and for Grand Prix Nova.
Katharina Schmitt has received numerous awards and scholarships, among others an EHF 2010 Fellowship, the City of Jena Lenz Award for playwrights, the Martha Saalfeld Award for literature, and a research fellowship from the Berlin Senate for Culture. She has participated in residencies in Europe and the United States.