Thomas Reichert completed his degree in directing at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. He presented his first productions at the Schauspiel Frankfurt in 1976, under the supervision of Peter Palitzsch. His successful career as a freelance director has taken Reichert to venues in Bremen and Freiburg, to the Schillertheater Berlin, the Schauspielhaus in Zurich and to the Vereinigte Bühnen Graz.
In 1989 Schauspiel Hannover employed him as its director/artistic director. Reichert held the same position at the Residenztheater in Munich starting in 1993. In 1996 then he was involved in Heiner Müller’s ‘Bildbeschreibung’ at the Kunstfest Weimar, where he had the roles of dramatic advisor and actor.
Since 2004 Reichert has been a regular guest director at the Kabinetttheater in Vienna. He is also involved in various musical theatre productions in which singing, acting and puppetry interact with each other. In 2006 and 2007 he staged Mozart’s ‘Bastien und Bastienne’ as well as ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’ with singers, puppets, actors and the Junge Philharmonie Salzburg for the Salzburg Festival.
Reichert has also worked with orchestras as part of larger co-productions, such as in 2013 when he worked with the ensemble PHACE in the Konzerthaus in Vienna (with Mauricio Kagel’s ‘Kantrimiusik’) and in 2016 with the ensemble recreationBAROCK under conductor Michael Hofstetter at the Styriate Graz and the Internationale Gluck-Opern-Festspiele in the Markgrafentheater Erlangen (‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ in the Parma version).
In 2014 and 2015 he once again collaborated with the Salzburger Marionettentheater: as part of the Salzburg Festival he directed the puppets for Schumann’s ‘Papillons’, played by the pianist András Schiff, and in the following year he put on a new production of the Magic Flute with the historical figures and the stage set used by the Salzburger Marionettentheater in 1952.