Thom Luz was born in Zurich, studied at the Zürcher Hochschule für Musik und Theater and directs productions for both fringe and state theatres in Switzerland, Germany and France. In 2014 he was voted Young Director of the Year by the critics in the annual poll for «Theater heute» magazine. Thom Luz became a Resident Director at Theater Basel in 2015 and his productions there were invited to the Heidelberger Stückemarkt, the Autorentheatertage at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Kontakt International Theatre Festival in Toruń, the Maillon in Strasbourg and the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris. «Atlas of the Outlying Islands» (2015, Schauspiel Hannover), «Sad Magician» (2017, Staatstheater Mainz) and «Girl from the Fog Machine Factory» (2019, Gessnerallee Zürich) were each invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen. His productions «When I Die», «Unusual Weather Phenomena Project» and «Girl From The Fog Machine Factory» have toured throughout Europe, to venues including the Stadtsschowburg in Amsterdam, Vidy Lausanne, Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris and festivals in Hamburg, Marseille, Montpellier, Warsaw, Moscow, Jerusalem and Reykjavík. He was awarded the Swiss Theatre Prize in 2019.
He has been Resident Director at the Residenztheater since the 2019/2020 season.
Disappearing, fading away, vanishing and escaping – Aristophanes’s comedies deal with everything in the world that is ephemeral: life, happiness, property, knowledge and trust. They tell us about the complicated business of being human, about the problem of the just distribution of wealth, about greed, twisted rhetoric, and the eternal incompatibility between theory and practice.Die Wolken, die Vögel, der Reichtum (The clouds, the birds, wealth)
Chekhov’s texts, first and foremost his youthful fragment «Platonov», form the starting point for a new evening of musical theatre by resident director Thom Luz. He has borrowed the title from a Russian film version of «Platonov» from 1977 and assembles a society that attempts to discern the melody of the joys and horrors of the future from the songs of a long-forgotten time.Warten auf Platonow (Waiting for Platonow)