Olivia Grigolli was born in Innsbruck and studied acting there during her school days. At the early age of eighteen, she performed at the State Theatre of her hometown. After her university studies, her first regular engagement took her to Munich’s Residenztheater from 1983 to 1986, where she made her debut as Mathurine in Molière’s Dom Juan (director: Ingmar Bergman, co-production with the Salzburg Festival). She then worked as a freelancer, appearing at Vienna’s Burgtheater (among others as Marianne in Horváth’s Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, director: Alfred Kirchner), at the Basel Theatre, the Stuttgart State Theatre, the Düsseldorf Theatre and at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg (as Karoline in Horváth’s Kasimir und Karoline, director: Christoph Marthaler). From 1992 to 1998 she was an ensemble member at the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz in Berlin, where she worked for the first time with Andreas Kriegenburg, appearing as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello. To this day, she cooperates closely with the director Christoph Marthaler, who made her an ensemble member for five years at the Zurich Theatre in 2000. Here, she could be seen in Marthaler’s Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night, in Stefan Pucher’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia and Shakespeare’s Richard III, in Karin Henkel’s Das weite Land by Schnitzler and in Andreas Kriegenburg’s Pillars of Society by Henrik Ibsen, among others. Further engagements have taken her to the Düsseldorf Theatre (Schiller’s Maria Stuart, director: Stefan Bachmann, 2008), back to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (world premiere of Heimweh und Verbrechen, director: Christoph Marthaler, 2014), the Graz Theatre and the Dresden State Theatre (Rheingold based on Richard Wagner, director: David Marton). She has also worked with directors such as Franz Xaver Kroetz, Frank Castorf, Stefan Bachmann and Jan Bosse.
Current as of June 2014