Born in Bucharest in 1950, Silviu Purcărete studied stage direction at the Theatre Academy of his birth city. During the first few years of his career, he worked with the Youth Theatre (Teatrul Tineretului) of Piatra Neamt and the National Theatre of Constanta (Teatrul de Stat Constanta). Since 1978, he has successfully collaborated with the Teatrul Mic and taught at the Theatre Academy of Bucharest. But his collaboration at the National Theatre of Craiova was what marked a true turn in his career. Many of his creations were now highly acclaimed abroad: Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, Vienna, Glasgow, London, São Paolo, and many more. In 1992, Silviu Purcărete became the director of the Teatrul Bulandra in Bucharest. In January 1996, he was appointed by the French Minister of Culture to lead the Union Theatre, a national dramatic centre in central France.
He directed The Oresteia The Three Sisters and Don Giovanni. In September 1997, he created the Union Theatral Academy, a training school for young actors. A few years later, in 2002, Purcărete founded his own company with a group of permanent actors. He became a personal member of the Union of European Theatres. He also staged many operas at the Scottish Opera, the Theater und Philarmonie Essen, at Theater Bonn in Germany and Wiener Staatsoper. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the French Order of the Knights of the Arts and Letters and the Romanian Star Order.