Ulrike Syha was born in 1976 in Wiesbaden, Germany.
She studied "Dramaturgie" at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Leipzig and worked for several years as an assistant to the director at Schauspiel Leipzig (artistic director: Wolfgang Engel).
Since 2003 she lives as a freelance writer and translator of plays in Hamburg, Germany.
As a writer, Ulrike Syha won several awards and stipends - the "Kleistförderpreis für junge Dramatiker" (2002), a fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2006/2007), a stipend at Deutsche Akademie Rom / Casa Baldi (2008) , the "Hamburger Förderpreis für Literatur" (2010), „Robert-Gernhardt-Preis“ (2014) and „Walter-Serner-Preis“ (2015), among others.
She has been writer in residence at Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009/2010), and she has been invited to the renowned "Mülheimer Dramatikertage" twice.
In 2018 she won the playwriting award of “Heidelberger Stückemarkt” for her new play “Drift”.
As a translator, she translates plays from British and American English, for example plays written by Martin Crimp, Caryl Churchill, and Tariq Ali.
In 2016 she received a stipend from „Deutscher Übersetzerfonds“ to translate Wallace Shawn’s new play „Evening at the Talk House“.
Ulrike Syha's plays, radio dramas and translations are (usually) published by Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Reinbek, Germany.
Ulrike Syha occasionally teaches workshops and organizes cultural events of all sorts. Apart from that, she has been the coordinator of the German language committee of EURODRAM since 2014.