Born in 1943 in Jastrzebie Zdroj, Poland, Krystian Lupa studied graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Crakow. He began his career as a stage director at the end of the 1970s at the Theatre Norwida of Jelenia Gora, at the same time directing some productions for the Stary Theatre in Crakow where he was appointed resident stage director in 1986.
Since 1983, Krystian Lupa has been teaching stage direction at the Academy of Drama in Crakow. In a text entitled The Theatre of Revelation, Krystian Lupa presented his concept of theatre as an instrument to explore and overstep the frontiers of individuality. He directed and adapted for the stage authors such as Musil (Sketches of The Man Without Qualities, 1990), Dostoyevsky (The Brothers Karamazov, 1990), Rilke (Malte or the Triptych of the Prodigal Son, 1991), Thomas Bernhard (The Lime Works, 1992; Immanuel Kant and Wittgenstein's Nephew, 1996; Extinction, 2001), Chekhov (Platonov, 1996), Hermann Broch (Sleepwalkers, 1998), Werner Schwab (Die Präsidentinnen), Boulgakov (The Master and Margarita, 2002), Friedrich Nietzsche and Einar Schleef (Zaratustra, 2006). Following Factory 2, dedicated to Andy Warhol, he created the diptych Persona. The first part (2009) — "Persona. Marilyn" — was dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, the second (2010) — "Persona. The Body of Simone" — to Simone Weil. In 2011, he directed Waiting Room at the Polski Theatre in Wroclaw, based on Category 3.1 by Lars Norén. In 2012, he recreated The City of Dream based on the novel by Kubin and The Other Side on the occasion of the Automne Festival in Paris. He was awarded numerous prizes, amongst which the Europe Prize in 2009.