Jonathan Mertz

Jonathan Mertz, born in Stuttgart, studied free art and stage design under Raimund Bauer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and under Marie-José Burki at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. During his studies, he developed a solid collaboration with director Christopher Rüping, creating stage designs for Hass at the St. Pauli Theater as well as for Philoktet - mein Hass gehört mir and Jekyll/Hyde at Kampnagel. At Schauspiel Frankfurt, Jonathan Mertz designed the stage for The Great Gatsby and The Other Side. Engagements have taken them together to Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Berlin, among other places. Mertz designed the stage for four of five Rüping's invitations to the Berlin Theatertreffen. Their joint work on Thomas Vinterberg's DAS FEST was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2015. Invitations followed in 2018 with Trommeln der Nacht, in 2019 with Dionysos Stadt, in 2021 with Einfach das Ende der Welt. In the 2022/23 season, Mertz is working on his first stage for a musical theater piece with Il ritorno / The Year of Magical Thinking with his debut at the Bavarian State Opera. (as of 2023)