After studies in theater and media science in Bochum, Tobias Ribitzki worked as an assistant and performance director at the Landestheater in Linz. For the seasons 2009–2012 he worked at the State Opera in Hanover, and since 2012–2013, at the Komische Oper Berlin.
He assisted directors such as Barrie Kosky, Benedikt von Peter, Rosamund Gilmore and Daniela Kurz. At the Landestheater Linz he directed the world premiere of the children’s opera Die Kuh Rosmarie by Claudia Federspieler, and as a coproduction with Linz09, the world premiere of the opera Picknick im Felde by Constantinos Stylianou, which traveled to Cyprus and Hungary.
At the Junge Oper Hannover he directed 2011 the world premiere of the children’s opera Freunde! by Peter Androsch, for which he got a nomination for the German Theater Prize, Der Faust, and in 2011–2012, the world premiere of Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren by Stefan Johannes Hanke. Also in 2011–2012 he directed the world premiere of three fairy tale scenes in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover and the monodrama La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc in the Cumberlandsche Galerie Hanover, which was later mounted at the Theater Kiel.
February 2013 saw the premiere of his direction for the children’s opera Der Räuber Hotzenplotz by Andreas N. Tarkmann at the Junge Oper Hanover as well as the premiere of a scenic concert with the ensemble ur.werk of five pieces that are dedicated to the poet Daniil Charms, for which Mr. Ribitzki developed the concept. This production was remounted at the Bitef Festival in Belgrade. In October/November 2013 he was the associate director at the Los Angeles Opera for The Magic Flute.
Currently, Tobias Ribitzki is working on several music theater projects with the composer Snezana Nesic.