Karoly Risz studied set and costume design at the University for the Fine Arts in Dresden and has been working as a freelance set designer since 2005. He works regularly with Tilmann Köhler. Their productions have included Krankheit der Jugend / Disease of Youth at the Nationaltheater in Weimar (which was invited to the 2007 Theatertreffen – a big honour), Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe / St. Joan at the Stake (which won the 2009 Kurt Hübner-Preis for young directors) and Nichts. Was im Leben wichtig ist / Nothing. That matters in Life (2012 Max Reinhardt-Preis) at Staatsschauspiel Dresden. Karoly Risz designed the sets for productions of Handel's Xerxes, Teseo and Radamisto at Oper Frankfurt.