Karoly Risz studied stage and costume design at the University for Fine Arts in Dresden and has been working as a freelance set designer since 2005. He enjoys a close working relationship with the director Tilmann Köhler. Joint projects have included Krankheit der Jugend/The Sickness of Youth at the Nationaltheater in Weimar (Theatertreffen 2007), Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe/St. Joan of the Slaughter House (2009 Kurt Hübner-Preis) and Nichts. Was im Leben wichtig ist/Nothing. That is important in Life (2012 Max Reinhardt-Preis 2012) at Staatsschauspiel Dresden and Handel's Teseo and Radamisto at Oper Frankfurt.