Hans Escher, born in Vienna in 1956, graduated from the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and worked until 1986 as an actor at the Komödianten Wien, Stadttheater Ingolstadt, Landestheater Linz and Burgtheater Wien, among others.
He has worked as a director since 1985 and has directed at the Theater der Jugend, Volkstheater Wien, Ulmer Theater, Staatstheater Kassel, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Stadttheater Bern, Landestheater Innsbruck, Theater Phönix and Landestheater Linz. From 1999-2003 he was resident director at Theater Freiburg. He has been a guest professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz on several occasions. He also writes for children’s, youth and puppet theater.
His most recent productions were “Absent Faces” by and with Susanne Kubelka at the Museum Moderner Kunst Klagenfurt/Orangerie Köln (nominated for the Cologne Art Prize) and “Gegen die Freiheit / Contra la llibertat” by Esteve Soler at Werk X.

In 2005, together with Bernhard Studlar, he founded the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN, which he managed until 2018.

2013 awarded the Nestroy for the best off-stage production (“Habe die Ehre”)

As part of the project Entgegnungen, he wrote the play “Der Anfang vom Ende des weißen Mannes”.