Born in Hamburg, Germany, studied German Literature, Philosophy, Musicology in Hamburg and Baltimore, USA. During his theatre formation years he worked, among others, with George Tabori, Robert Wilson, Heiner Müller. Jan was a board member of the “Dramaturgische Gesellschaft” 2003-2013. In 2009 he was appointed director of Drama at Theater & Orchester Heidelberg and Artistic Director of Heidelberger Stückemarkt. He initiated a 2 year theatre partnership with Israel and the ETC membership. In 2011 he moved to his current position as director of Drama at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.