Michaela Steiger, a native of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, studied acting in New York with Susan Batson, the Actors Studio and Herbert Berghof. She held her first engagement at the Basel Theatre from 1988 to 1993 during the artistic directorship of Frank Baumbauer, where she worked with directors Jossi Wieler (Schiller’s Don Carlos), Frank Castorf (Sophocles’ Aias) and Barbara Frey (Ich kann es besonders schön, based on texts by Sylvia Plath), among others. She then moved on to the Düsseldorf Theatre (Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, director: David Mouchtar-Samurai; Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, director: Detlef Altenbeck) and to the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin from 1999 onwards, where she was seen as Mother Ubu in Alfred Jarry’s farce Le Roi Ubu (director: Barbara Frey) and in Sarah Kane’s Crave in Thomas Ostermeier’s production. Guest engagements took her to the Zurich Theatre, where she performed in Andreas Kriegenburg’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Pillars of Society and Bertolt Brecht’s Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti. Further stations of her career were the Hamburg Theatre (Rainald Goetz’ Krieg. Hamburger Fassung, director: Anselm Weber) and the Munich Kammerspiele (Horváth’s Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung, director: Stephan Kimmig; O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, director: Stephan Pucher). Since the 2011/2012 season she has been a regular ensemble member at Munich’s Residenztheater. Here, she was most recently seen in Peter Handke’s Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez (director: Daniela Löffner, 2013) and in Frank Castorf’s production of Reise ans Ende der Nacht based on texts by Louis-Ferdinand Céline).
Apart from her work in the theatre, Michaela Steiger has also appeared regularly in film and TV productions, including Weil ich schöner bin (director: Frieder Schlaich, 2012) and Revolution Now! (director: Nuran David Calis, 2013).
Current as of June 2014