Ulrike Syha was born in 1976 in Wiesbaden in Germany. After obtaining a degree in dramaturgy in Leipzig and a longer period of working an assistant in the theatre Schauspiel Leipzig, she now lives and works as a freelance author and translator in Hamburg. Ulrike Syha has, among other things, received residency grants from the Schloss Solitude academy, Litterary colloquium Berlin, the German academy in Rome (Casa Baldi) and Hessicher Litteraturrat (residency in Lithuania).
She has received numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious Kleist prize for young dramatists, the Hamburg Litterature prize, the Robert Gernhardt Prize and Walter Serner Prize. She has been invited to the Mülheim Theatre days several times.
Some of her more famous works are theatrical plays Kunstrasen, Autofahren in Deutschland, Nomaden, Gewerbe, Der Passagier, China Shipping, Privatleben, Fracht (Nautisches Denken I-IV), Herr Schuster kauft eine Straße (Gospod Schuster kupuje cesto), Radikale, Mao und ich, Report, a trilingual project No(s) Révolution(s) and a radio drama Epizentrum. Syha also translates, mostly from English. She has been the coordinator of the German speaking committee for theatre and translation EURODRAM.
Her stay in Novo mesto is supported by the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana.