Sarah Derendinger was born in Lucerne. From 1981 to 1985, she studied photography at the Design Academy in Berne then, from 1985 to 1988 she followed a formation at the Amsterdam Theatre School and then, from 1988 to 1993 at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (Basel) in audiovisual design. She has been working as freelance artist, writer and stage director since 1993. Her movies have been selected by several international festivals and she won in 2009 the Swiss Film Award at the International Film Festival Nyon. She submitted video installation projects in festivals, took part in collective exhibitions (Theatertreffen Berlin, Schillertage Mannheim, Basel Gare du Nord...) and worked on many operatic and theatre productions (Semele in Basel, A Masked Ball in Zurich). She collaborated with directors and composers such as Jossi Wieler, Jürgen Flimm, Joachim Schlömer, Karin Beier, Heiner Goebels, Barbora Horakova Joly. Since 2013, she has been regularly working with Calixto Bieito (Die Soldaten in Zurich and at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Turandot at the Staatstheater in Nuremberg and at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, The Power of Fate at the English National Opera, Lear and Simon Boccanegra at the Paris Opera, Elias at the Theater an der Wien, Le Grand Macabre in Dresden).