Tamás Ascher was born in Budapest in 1949. After finishing his degree at the Theatre Academy of Budapest in 1973, he first worked as a director at the Csiky Gergely Theatre in Kaposvár before joining the National Theatre of Budapest between 1978 and 1981. In 1983, he became associate director of the prestigious Katona József Theatre, but at the same time he remained artistic director in Kaposvár, the Katona József theatre having been detached from the National Theatre of Budapest since 1982. He also gave classes at the Theatre Academy of Budapest. In 2006, he was appointed president of the Academy. Ascher is one of the founding members of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE).
In Kaposvár, he directed Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle (1975), Ödön von Horvath’s Tales from the Vienna Wood (1978) and Casimir and Caroline (1982), Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1975), Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1980), Molière’s The Misanthrope (1991), Dürrenmatt’s The Visit of the Lady (1995) and Ostrovsky’s Lieutenant of Inishmore (2003). At the Katona Jószef Theatre he staged Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1985) and Platonov (1990), Pirandello’s Tonight we improvise (1994), Werner Schwab’s Presidents (1997), Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (1998), Brecht’s Threepenny Opera (2001), Jon Fosse’s Autumn dream and Chekhov’s Ivanov (2004). His numerous productions tour all around the globe.