Herbert Fritsch, who delivered sell-out shows with his idiosyncratic productions at the Volksbühne Berlin under Frank Castorf, staged Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2014 at the Komische Oper.
After studying acting at the Otto-Falkenberg-Schule in Munich, he worked at the Residenztheater Munich, Theater Basel, the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Schauspielhaus Hamburg and the Schauspielhaus Bochum. From the early 1990s until 2007, he was a member of the ensemble of the Volksbühne Berlin.
As an independent director and set designer, Herbert Frisch has worked with various German companies since 2007. He worked especially closely with the Volksbühne at Rosa Luxemburg Platz during the tenure of Frank Castorf. Many of his productions have been invited to the Theatertreffen festival in Berlin, including the Volksbühne productions Die (s)panische Fliege by Franz Arnold and Ernst Bach (2012), Murmel Murmel, after Dieter Roth (2013), Ohne Titel Nr. 1 – an opera by Herbert Fritsch (2014), der die mann, after Konrad Bayer (2016) and Pfusch (2017). For Die (s)panische Fliege, he was named 2012 Director of the Year by the magazine Theater heute.
Since 2017, Herbert Frisch has been creating productions at the Schaubühne. His most recent production there was Zeppelin, a free adaption of texts by Ödön von Horváth. Alongside this, Fritsch works as a media artist and develops radio play productions. Since 2000, he has also been working as an author, performer, photographer and illustrator in the intermedia art project hamlet_X.