Nils Torpus was born in Liestal, Switzerland, in 1969. Since 2007, he has lived in Däniken. He studied at the «Hochschule für Musik und Theater» in Bern from 1989 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a free-lance actor and director. From 2007 to 2012 he was the artistic director of the «Theater Marie» in Aarau. Since 2012 he has been a free-lance actor and director, and a lecturer and mentor at the «Hochschule der Künste» in Bern. He is a member of the theater group «kraut_produktionen» in Zurich, and a guest at the «Theater Kanton Zürich». Nils Torpus directed his own productions of «üBBü», based on UBU ROI by Alfred Jarry, «Savannah Bay» by Marguerite Duras (with acting by Anne-Marie Blanc and Mona Petri), performed at the Schauspielhaus Zürich. Other productions include «The Flying Dutchman» based on the play by Richard Wagner, performed by the «Weshalb-Forellen-Quartett». During his time at «Theater Marie» he directed «Schilten» by Hermann Burger. As an actor – alongside a number of commitments in the independent theater scene in Switzerland – Torpus has also worked at the Stadttheater Bern, Schauspielhaus Zurich and Opernhaus Zurich.