Esther Bialas studied costume design in Hamburg. She has a longstanding collaboration with director Nicolas Stemann, designing costumes for his productions of Hamlet (Schauspiel Hannover), Jelinek’s The Work (Burgtheater, Vienna) and Schiller’s The Robbers (Thalia Theater, Hamburg). Together with director Christiane Pohle, she founded the women’s theater company LaborLavache, presented at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. She has designed for the Basel Theater, Vienna Burgtheater and the Deutsche Theater Berlin for opera productions in Lucerne and Basel as well as for the film. Her collaborations with director Barrie Kosky include Strindberg’s A Dream Play at the Deutsche Theater Berlin, Strauss’ The Silent Woman at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, as well as Ball im Savoy, Seven Songs/The Seven Deadly Sins and West Side Story, all at the Komische Oper in Berlin. This past summer she designed Hoffmanns Erzählungen (Offenbach) for the Bregenzer Festspiele. Since 2004, she has taught costume design at the Lerchenfeld University in Hamburg.