Born in Wuppertal, Germany, Philip Bröking began his theatre career in 1986 as a co-founder of the TIC – Theater in Cronenberg. At the start of his studies in the Humanities at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, he was tempted by a position as the artistic administrator at the Stadttheater Pforzheim (1989). Four years later, Philip Bröking moved on to the stages of Lübeck as an assistant to the general artistic director and stage manager. From 1997 to 2004, he worked at the legendary Bremer Theater under the artistic directorship of Klaus Pierwoß. There, in his role as artistic administrator, his tasks included the staffing management for the music theatre, the overall planning of the multi-genre theatre, and the organisation of a comprehensive programme of guest performances and various special projects (including The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus in a production by Hans Kresnik in the Valentin submarine pens in 1999 and the Millennium Spectacle of 1999/2000).
Philip Bröking came to the Komische Oper Berlin in 2004, initially as the artistic administrator. Since the 2005/06 season, he has been the opera director of the venue in the Behrenstraße. Alongside his work for the Komische Oper, Philip Bröking is a member of various competition juries, including the German National Singing Competition, the Competizione dell Opera and the Ring Award, an international competition for stage direction and design. Since 2008, he has been regularly teaching at the Berlin “Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.