Stefan Bolliger was born in Zurich in 1968 and worked as a freelance lighting technician for several years before he was hired as a lighting technician at the Hamburg Thalia Theater in 1995. From 1997 to 2006 he was deputy head of lighting there. He worked from 2006 to 2010 as head of lighting and light designer at the Drama company of the Stuttgart State Theater. Since then he has been working as a freelance lighting designer. He worked at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Theater an der Wien, the Salzburg Festival, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, the Semperoper Dresden, the Theater Basel, the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, the New National Theater in Tokyo, the Norske Opera in Oslo, the Berlin State Opera, the Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, the Aalto Musiktheater in Essen, the Latvian National Opera in Riga, the Wuppertal Opera, the Graz Opera and the Teatro Nacional and Gran Teatro in Havana. Furthermore, in 2014 he gave a workshop for stage design and lighting at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte, University of Havana) and in 2016 a workshop for lighting design in cooperation with the ISA in Havana. Workshops for lighting design and lighting technology as well as for stage and projection technology at the Gran Teatro in Havana and Camagüey (Cuba) followed in 2017 and 2018. Since the winter semester 2019/20 he has been a lecturer for lighting design, lighting technology and color theory at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.