Anja Rabes, born 1966 in Munich, studied, after completing an apprenticeship as a tailor at the Bayrische Staatsoper, theater sience for a few semesters and then worked as an assistant to Anna Viebrock, Axel Manthey and Johannes Grützke at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Burgtheater in Vienna and the Münchner Kammerspiele. She realized her first own costume designs for dance theater productions by Verena Weiss and Carolyn Carlson, and since 1994 she has worked regularly as a costume designer for plays and opera with directors such as Jossi Wieler, Stephan Kimmig and Anselm Weber. With Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito she realized the Mozart/da Ponte cycle in Amsterdam in 2006 and designed the costumes for Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito's production Rusalka at the Salzburg Festival in 2008. Since 2002 Anja Rabes has also worked as a stage designer and as such she created stage and costumes for Wieler's productions Mittagswende, which was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen, for the world premiere of Elfriede Jelinek's Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel) at the Münchner Kammerspiele, and for Das letzte Band/Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet oder eine Frage des Lichts (Beckett/Handke) and Angst (Zweig) at the Salzburg Festival. Morever, she worked as a guest lecturer in the scenography class at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe and currently teaches at the Hochschule für Theater und Musik in Hamburg.

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