After studying German studies, history and philosophy, Carsten Brandau worked as an assistant stage director (including in Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and Dortmund) and realized his first directing projects. He has lived in Hamburg as a playwright and radio play author since 2003. His text, represented by Drei Masken Verlage in Munich, have received multiple awards (e.g.: the 2013 Kaas & Kappes, the Mülheim Children’s Play Prize in 2015 and 2016, the Grimm Brothers Prize of the State of Berlin in 2017 and was nominated for the Heidelberg Author Prize in 2018). Brandau offers writing workshops (including at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus) and has directed the participatory neighborhood performance Altona macht auf! Sehnsuchtsfenster & Balkontheater (Altona Opens Up! Windows of Desire and Balcony Theater), which was nominated for the BKM Cultural Education prize in 2015 and which received the renowned Hamburg Neighborhood Culture prize in 2017.