Born in Lower Saxony in 1966, Dörte Lyssewski studied acting at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre and began her acting career at Peter Stein's Berlin Schaubühne. This was followed by acting work at theatres and opera houses in Zurich, Montpellier, Bochum, Paris, Brussels, at the Burgtheater in Vienna and the Vienna Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and the Ruhrtriennale. She is the recipient of, among other awards, the Kainz Medal, the Eysoldt Ring and the Nestroy Theatre Prize.
In addition to her theater work, Ms. Lyssewski works for various radio stations, sound studios and film production companies. In 2015, she published her first book titled "Der Vulkan oder Die Heilige Irene" with Matthes and Seitz in Berlin. Ms. Lyssewski is the German dubbing voice for Hollywood star Cate Blanchett. She has been a member of the Burgtheater (Vienna) ensemble since 2009.