Born 1963 in Crailsheim, Germany. She lives and works in Bern/Switzerland.
Maren Rieger studied contemporary German literary history, sociology and new and contemporary history in Freiburg/Breisgau and Basel.
She was the director’s and dramaturge’s assistant at the Freiburg Theater from 1991 to 1993 and from 1993 to 1996 at the Schauspiel Staatstheater Stuttgart under the artistic direction of Friedrich Schirmer. From 1996 to 1999 she worked as an independent dramaturge and theater director. From 1999 to 2003 she was the head dramaturge at the Theater Neumarkt Zurich where she conceived and organized various interdisciplinary series with scholars and researchers, visual artists and performing artists.
As a free-lance dramaturge and docent, Maren Rieger has been working at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in the theater department and at the opera studio in Biel since 2003. She also teaches as a guest lecturer at the HMT Zurich and HGK Luzern.
Rieger was previously a jury member for the Theaterspektakel in Zurich (2005), a foundation board member of the Fondation Nestlé pour l`Art since 2004 and a president of the Commission for Independent Dance and Theater in the city of Bern since 2006, among others.
Her main focus lies in the fields of performing arts – contemporary theater forms, dance and performance.
Rieger recently published “Keep your distance“, an essay on the theater performance “Exquisite Pain“ of the British Live Art Company Forced Entertainment