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Thomas Rupert (1967) studied Fashion- and Theatre costumedesign at the Academy of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. After his graduation he pursued his education at the Academy for the Arts in Maastricht at the departement Theatrical design.


Immediately after his studies he started working as assistent costumedesigner for the Opera am Reim in Düsseldorf, Germany. From 1992 until 1998 he worked as set- and costumedesigner at Het Kruis van Bourgondië in Maastricht. Thomas Rupert has been working with many directors and companies such as Lodewijk de Boer, Hans Croiset, Theatergroep Hollandia, Het Arsenaal, Stella Den Haag, Introdans, Toneelgroep Oostpool, Het Toneel Speelt and Het Nationaal Toneel.


Since 1998/1999 Thomas Rupert is the main designer for Alize Zandwijk at the Rotheater in Rotterdam: Nachtasiel (1998), Keefman (1999), Oresteia (2000), 5000 vingers (2000), Leonce en Lena (2001), Portia Caughlan (2002), De Bruiloft (2003), Meiskes en Jongens (2005), Onschuld (2006), King Lear (2007), Baal (2008), Burning (2010), Death of a salesman (2011), Thieves (2011). For the setdesign of Burning he was nominated for the Nicolaas Wijnbergprize.


For the Thalia Theater in Hamburg he designed set and costumes for the productions Iwanow (2004), Summerguests (2005), Cat on a hot tin roof (2006) and Happiness (2008). For the setdesign of Summerguests he received the Rolf Marres Prize. In (2012) he designed the set for the play Joseph and his brothers for Deutsches Theater Berlin. The last years he also works for director David Bosch, Schauspielhaus Bochum.


Thomas Rupert is since 1996 the main setdesigner for the contemporary dancecompany Conny Janssen Danst in Rotterdam. Since 2005 he is working with choreographer Nils Criste as setdesigner for Ballet Mainz, Ballet Kiel, IntroDans Arnhem, Royal Swedisch Ballet, Wiener Staats Ballet, Queens Land Ballet in Brisbain, Ballet Am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Staats Ballet Hannover, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Singapore Ballet.


Since twelve years he has been working as a guest teacher at the Academy for the Arts in Maastricht and the Wimbledon School of Art in London for the departement Theatrical design. Since (2012) he also is invited as guest teacher on the university Mimar Sinan in Istanbul.