*1958 in Dresden. Norbert Stöß received his training at Leipzig's Hans Otto theatre school. After graduating he was hired by Gera's city theatre, where he worked with directors including Frank Castorf, Leander Haußmann, Michael Helle and Klaus Erforth.
After he was imprisoned by the Stasi, Stöß left for West Germany in 1987. After numerous engagements at West German theatres, he became an ensemble member at the Berliner Ensemble. He then joined the ensemble at Berlin's Volksbühne. His roles there included Celine in Castorf's production Nord (North) and Messner in Sebastian Baumgarten's Tosca. He returned to the Berliner Ensemble for the seasons between 2009 and 2017, working with Haußmann, Claus Peymann and Robert Wilson. After Tosca at the Volksbühne and Schuld und Sühne (Crime and Punishment) in Zurich, Dickicht (Jungle) is Stöß and Baumgarten's third collaboration, and Stöß's first appearance at the Maxim Gorki Theatre.