Born in Zurich in 1951. Marthaler studied oboe and recorder at the Zurich university of arts and afterwards went to Paris to study pantomime at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He worked as a musician at several theaters in the German speaking area before he started to work as a director. His work "Mess Up the European! Mess Him Up! Mess Him Up! Mess Him Up! Really Mess Him Up!" that was premiered at the Berliner Volksbühne was selected as one of the ten best works of the season and invited to the Theatertreffen Berlin. In 1994 he also started to stage operas and has so far worked at the Paris Opera, the Salzburg Festival and the Bayreuther Festspiele among others. From 2000 to 2004 he was appointed artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Zurich, which was during that period selected as the "Theater of the year" twice. Marthaler has been awarded many theater prizes. He is bound with a long-term collaboration with the stage designer Anna Viebrock and the dramaturge Stefanie Carp. In 2010 he is Associate Artist of the Avignon Theater Festival.
Anna Viebrock studied scenography at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf under Karl Kneidl. Since 1993, she has been working regularly with Christoph Marthaler at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, the Paris Opera and the Salzburg Festival among others. Since 1994, she has also been working closely with the director Jossi Wieler at the Theater Basel, the Salzburg Festival, the Amsterdam Opera and the Stuttgart Opera among others. She was selected as "scenographer of the year" several times. From 2000 to 2004 she was named a member of the artistic directorial team of the Schauspielhaus Zurich together with Christoph Marthaler. Recently she has been working as a director herself collaborating closely with the composer Johannes Harneit and others. In 2009, "Ariane et Barbe-Bleue" by Paul Dukas, a production of the Paris Opera, that was directed by Viebrock was showing in Tokyo.
Grew up in Hamburg, Germany. She studied philology at the University of Hamburg and at the Free University of Berlin and wrote her doctoral thesis on the prose and social theory of Alexander Kluge. Afterwards she started to work as a dramaturge at the Duesseldorf Theater, the Theater of Basel and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, each time under the artistic direction of Frank Baumbauer. In Basel, her collaboration with Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock began. From 2000 - 2004 she was the chief dramaturge and co-director (with Marthaler) at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. In 2005 she curated the theater programme of the Wiener Festwochen. From 2005 - 2007 she was the chief dramaturge at the Volksbühne Berlin. Since 2007 she is the director of the performing arts programme of the Wiener Festwochen.