Ivan Ivanov started his studies in stage and costume design at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2005. A year later he moved to Berlin, where he graduated from the Weißensee Academy of Arts with a diploma and later as a master student of Prof. Peter Schubert.

During his studies, he designed scene and costume designs for theater and short film productions, among others, directed by Edward Berger, Nina Grosse and Bodo Fürneisen. He was co-director of the documentary "In Search of a Great Genesys" and created the 15-minute animation film "Life is a Dream".

In 2015 Ivan was among the finalists for the “Botho Graef Art Prize” of the city of Jena.

As a set design assistant, Ivan worked in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on a number of productions in different genres - drama, opera, musical and show. He artistically supervised the musicals "Mamma Mia" (Thunerseespiele), "West Side Story" (Schlossfestspiele Schwerin), the show "Red Bull Flying Illusion" (Tempodrom Berlin) and others. In 2016-2017 he was assistant to the technical director and later also workshop manager at the Theater Bielefeld.

In 2016, Ivan was an associate designer in the leading team for the new European version of the musical "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed and choreographed by Vincent Paterson at the Ronacher Theater Vienna.
 
Ivan designed stage sets for the children's opera at the Bayreuth Festival (2019), "New Scenes" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (2017-2019) as well as for musicals at Tipi am Kanzleramt and Bar jeder Vernunft in Berlin, at the Deutsches Theater in Munich, at the Kammertheater in Karlsruhe and others.

Ivan works as a stage designer and freelance artist based in Berlin.

2019

2019

2017

2017

2015

2012

2012

2012

2011

Stage and Costume Design
„Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“ – Opera for children - Bayreuth Festival 2019, Stage Design
Director: Dirk Girschik, Conductor: Azis Sadikovic, Version: Katharina Wagner, Markus Latsch
„New Scenes IV“ – An Opera Triptych - Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stage Design
Directors: Anna-Sophie Weber, Johanna Frech, Selina Thüring
„New Scenes III“ – An Opera Triptych - Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stage Design
Directors: Zsófia Geréb, Anna Melnikova, Ulrike Schwab
„The Big Ace-Dur Christmas Show“ – Tipi am Kanzleramt - Berlin, Stage Design

„Sarg Niemals Nie“ – Bar jeder Vernunft - Berlin, Stage Design
Autors & Directors: Dominik Wagner und Jörn-Felix Alt
„Ella and Theo“ – Short Film, 16 min., Set and Costume Design, Locationscout
Director: Edward Berger
„Intermezzo“ – Short Film, 17 min., Set and Costume Design, Locationscout
Director: Nina Grosse
„Unexpectedly“ – Short Film, 24 min., Set and Costume Design, Locationscout
Director: Prof. Bodo Fürneisen
„The dumb waiter“ – Theater for TV, 21 min., Stage and Costume Design (with Chantal Kirch)
Director: Eva Thron, Text: Harold Pinter

2018

2013

Film & Animation
„Life is a Dream“ – Animation, 15 min.
Idea and Animation (with Nelson Jamal), Text: Pedro Calderón de la Barca
„In search of a great genesis“ – Documentary, 84 min.
Co-director (with Nikolai Ivanov)

2015

Exhibitions
Monumental art competition – Botho-Graef Art Award - Jena
Exhibition of the selected designs

2018

2017

2016 - 2017

2016

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2014

2014

2014

2013

As Stage Design Assistant
„Mamma Mia“ – Thunerseespiele Schweiz
Director: Dominik Flaschka, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„West Side Story“ – Schlossfestspiele Schwerin
Director: Simon Eichenberger, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„Death in Venice“, „Der Liebestrank“, „Hochzeit mit Hindernissen“, „Liebe, Furcht und andere Dissonanzen“, „Don Carlo“, „Der Freischütz“ – Theater Bielefeld – Stage Design Assistant, Constructor
„Il Trittico“ – Theater Bielefeld - Stage Design Assistant, Constructor
Director: Maximilian von Mayenburg, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„Evita“ – Ronacher Theater Wien, Associate Stage Designer
Director: Vincent Paterson, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„La Cage aux Folles“ – Theater in der Josefstadt
Director: Werner Sobotka, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„Gräfin Mariza“ – Theater St. Gallen
Director: Stefan Huber, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„Im weiße Rössl“ – Landestheater Salzburg
Director: Andreas Gergen, Stage Design: Stephan Prattes
„Meat“ – 7 Tage, 24 Stunden Theater-Installation F.I.N.D. Festival 2014 - Schaubühne Berlin
Directior: Thomas Bo Nilsson, Stage Design: Julian Eicke
„Red Bull Flying Illusions“ – Show
Stage Design: Jeremias Böttcher, Production: Flying Steps, Red Bull