After studying English in Cologne, Karin Beier moved into theatre. She established an English language theatre and staged Shakespeare plays in their source language. Theatres began to grow in popularity, and she became the director of the Düsseldorf Theatre. Here she was able to display her first professional theatre production. In Düsseldorf she studied under Iraqi director David Mouchtar-Samorai.
After her 1994 production of Romeo and Juliet she was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen and granted an award by the leading German theater magazine Theater heute. The following year she directed productions at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Munich Kammerspiele, and the Burgtheater in Vienna.
Since 2007 Beier is the director of the main playhouse in Cologne (Schauspiel Köln).
Interview with Karin Beier in: Vivien Gröning, Kirsten Sass: WOMAN@WORK Wege nach dem Abi – Wie FRAU heute Karriere macht. 22 Interviews mit erfolgreichen Frauen. Renningen 2014, ISBN 978-3-8169-3237-6.
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