Katja Sonnemann was born in Frankfurt/Main in 1971 and completed her studies in applied theater studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen in 1996. During and following her studies, she worked as an assistant director to Heiner Goebbels in Paris, organized various student festivals, became the tour manager for Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1998 and began coordinating the administrative office of the artistic leadership of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Thomas Ostermeier/Sasha Waltz) at the beginning of 1999. She started in 1999 as a staff member and then became the director of the artistic administration office at the Schaubühne. She began working as a freelance production manager and tour manager in 2002 for (Constanza Macras and a wide variety of other artists). She was the director of artistic production of the 2005 Theater der Welt festival in Stuttgart (under the artistic leadership of Marie Zimmermann), was the chief scheduler at Maxim Gorki Theater from 2006 to 2009 (during Armin Petra’s tenure as artistic director) and worked with Rimini Protokoll as an independent producer from 2010-2012. She has worked as the company manager of andcompany&Co. Since 2012 and has been part of the agency Wilson*Borles Arts Management, which is one of the three agencies working under a framework agreement for the German Federal Cultural Foundation, since 2013. In 2017, she initiated and created AKADEMIE für Performing Arts Producer des Bündnisses International Produktionhäuser e.V. (academy for performing arts producers within the alliance of international production venues) which is implemented for the first time in 2018. She is a mentor and advisor in the independent performing arts community.