Geboren 1962 in Kassel, studierte Oliver Stokowski dort zuerst Musik, bevor er sein Schauspielstudium an der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz absolvierte. Anschließend wurde er Ensemblemitglied am Staatstheater Hannover. Von 1993 bis 2001 war er Ensemblemitglied am Residenztheater, spielte u. a. den Hamlet inszeniert von Matthias Hartmann und erhielt 1999 den Kurt-Meisel-Preis der Freunde des Residenztheaters.
Im ZDF war er von 2001 bis 2005 «Der Ermittler» in der gleichnamigen Hamburger Krimi-Reihe, wofür er den Deutschen Schauspielerpreis bekam. Er spielte in der amerikanischen Krimireihe «Crossing Lines» und in der Hollywoodproduktion «The Bookthief» an der Seite von Geoffrey Rush und Emily Watson.
2014 erhielt er den Grimmepreis und zum zweiten Mal den Deutschen Schauspielerpreis für «Zeit der Helden». Es folgten Engagements am Schauspielhaus Bochum und am Schauspielhaus Zürich, bevor er 2013 Ensemblemitglied am Burgtheater in Wien wurde. Er arbeitete u. a. mit Jürgen Gosch, Klaus Emmerich, Hans Neuenfels, Leander Haußmann, David Bösch, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Alvis Hermanis und Andrea Breth zusammen. Seit der Spielzeit 2019/2020 ist er erneut festes Ensemblemitglied am Residenztheater.
New York City in the final months of the Obama Presidency. While the writer Toby Darling feverishly awaits the premiere of his play, his partner Eric Glass spends time with his acquaintance Walter. His conversations with the 55-year-old take Eric back to a past which as a gay man in his early thirties he only knows from hearsay: the devastating AIDS epidemic that rocked the LGBTQ community at the beginning of the 1980s.Das Vermächtnis (The Inheritance) – Part 1
New York City in the final months of the Obama Presidency. While the writer Toby Darling feverishly awaits the premiere of his play, his partner Eric Glass spends time with his acquaintance Walter. His conversations with the 55-year-old take Eric back to a past which as a gay man in his early thirties he only knows from hearsay: the devastating AIDS epidemic that rocked the LGBTQ community at the beginning of the 1980s.Das Vermächtnis (The Inheritance) – Part 2
Hamsun’s trilogy tells the story of a man who feels he has been overlooked by the elites that set the tone and cheated of social recognition. The philosopher Ivar Kareno evolves from a 30-year-old radical and anti-liberal writer on the fringes of poverty into a 40-year-old private tutor to the two sons of a businessman in a distant coastal region. Here Kareno sits brooding in his writing tower, while an infectious fever descends on people, arriving from the North, the businessman Otermann is driven mad by his wealth and a strange man wanders between the houses, rumoured to be justice. Ten years later, the 50-year-old Kareno is still hoping for a major turning point in his life. And he will indeed reach a milestone where he must decide whether he will remain true to the radical ideas of his youth or to pursue a career that is more measured politically.Spiel des Lebens (The game of life)
The Australian playwright and director Simon Stone whose attention-grabbing contemporary interpretations of classic dramas have caused an international sensation, takes characters, narrative threads and motifs from Horváth’s works, catapults them into the present day and weaves them together into a touching, post-heroic panorama of human effort in times of crisis.Unsere Zeit (Our Time)
One stormy night in 1836, Hans Christian Andersen arrives uninvited at the home of his childhood friend Edvard Collin, who is to marry his fiancée Henriette the next day. Andersen has travelled through the wind and the rain to once again confess his love for Edvard. The family provide a frosty reception and the groom himself is out celebrating his last night as a bachelor. Only Henriette feels attracted to the unconventional charm of their guest, who lives in a fantasy world continually surrounded by characters from his own fairy tales. He magically transforms a sober room into a sparkling underwater landscape and castles of otherworldly beauty. And he starts telling his friend’s fiancée the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid: burning with love for a Prince, she wishes to become human and is willing to sacrifice her voice and her home to do so – risking her life.Andersens Erzählungen (ANDERSEN’S STORIES)
Seven years after her production of «Oedipus», the Slovenian director Mateja Koležnik now brings the next instalment of the Theban myths to the Resi stage: both a political thriller and an epic family drama.Antigone
With «Success», we journey into the inner workings of a society in which everything is measured in terms of personal career advantage, the demands of embittered contemporaries, hatred of one’s neighbours, anger at those with a different political opinion and one’s own lack of any sense of direction.Erfolg (SUCCESS)