Max Hopp studied at the Ernst Busch School of Acting in Berlin. His first professional engagement was at the Bremen Theatre, followed by engagements in Hamburg and Zurich and at the Munich Kammerspiele. He first performed at the Salzburg Festival in Luk Perceval’s Schlachten! in 1999 and has been a member of the Berlin Volksbühne since 2005. His most important work there was Frank Castorf’s produc- tion of Berlin Alexanderplatz and Dimiter Gotscheff’s staging of Prometheus. He first appeared at the Komische Oper in Berlin in 2010 and now regards the company as his artistic home, appearing here in multiple roles in Barrie Kosky’s production of Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will! and as Tevye in Kosky’s staging of Fiddler on the Roof alongside Dagmar Menzel.
Max Hopp is also a well-known figure in the German cinema and on television. He frequently appears in detective series such as Bella Block and Tatort and has also taken part in numerous television dramas, appearing as the journalist Leo Brawand in Die Spiegel-Affäre directed by Roland Suso Richter and as the border guard Burkhard Schönhammer in Bornholmer Straße directed by Christian Schwochow. Among the multi-episode series in which he has appeared are Der gleiche Himmel directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and Tannbach directed by Alexander Dierbach. He has also demonstrated his comic talents in the recurring role of the public prosecutor Dr Brunner in Der Usedom-Krimi. His most recent cinema film is Das schweigende Klassenzimmer directed by Lars Kraume.
Max Hopp co-founded the nootheater in Berlin, a community of artists that has already produced and released two films in addition to stage plays and radio plays. Released by Suhrkamp Filmedition, their film Morgenröte im Aufgang: Hommage à Jacob Böhme won the German FILMGEIST Award in 2016.
Max Hopp first turned his hand to directing with Offenbach’s La Princesse de Trébizonde at the Theatre for Lower Saxony in Hildesheim in 2018/19. Plans for 2019/20 include a production of Johann Christian Bach’s Zanaida at the Mainz State Theatre.