Adriana Altaras was born in 1960 in Zagreb / Croatia. In 1964 she moved with her family to Italy, from 1967 attending school in Germany and Italy. 1979-83 she studied at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, where she graduated as a graduate actress. 1983-84 postgraduate theatre studies at New York University. From 1984 co-founder of the off-theater "Zum Westlichen Stadthirschen", Berlin, where she worked as a writer / actress / director until 1991. Since 1992 lecturer for acting at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, departement Musical / Show. Collaboration in the Shoah Foundation Steven Spielberg. Artistic Director of the Jewish Culture Days 2002 in Berlin.
Awards: 1988 Federal Film Award. 1989 Golden Horse Award for Best Foreign Actress, Taiwan.
1993 Theater Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. 1999 - 2nd Audience Award Friedrich Luft, Berlin for "La Sorella Amante" by Joh.A.Hasse at the Neuköllner Oper, Berlin. 2000 Silver Bear for acting performances, Berlinale.
Since 1994 she directs stage plays f.e. at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, Theater Augsburg, Theater Meiningen, Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Since 1991 she directs opera productions f.e. at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Theater Augsburg, Staatsoperette Dresden, Landestheater Linz, Theater Osnabrück, Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Aachen, KonzertTheater Bern, Theater Kiel, Staatstheater Braunschweig
In 2011 her first novel "Tito's Brille" was published, followed 2014 by her second novel "Doitscha", In 2017, her first column volume "The sea and I were in prime age" was published, all at Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne
She writes since 2014 for Die Zeit online
Her new novel "The Jewish Souffleuse" will be published in 2018, also by Kiepenheuer and Witsch
In the autumn 2014 the cinema documentary "Tito's Brille" about her live has been released
Adriana Altaras lives in Berlin