Michael Pempelforth was born in Düsseldorf in 1966. After studying German Philology and History, he trained as an actor at Hamburgisches Schauspiel-Studio Hildburg Freese from 1992 to 1995. After his first engagement at Hamburg’s “Theater im Zimmer”, Michael Pempelforth joined Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam. This was followed by engagements at Südthüringisches Staatstheater Meiningen and Theater Chemnitz. He has worked with directors including Karl Georg Kayser, Katja Paryla, Johanna Schall, Thomas Bischoff, Bruno Cathomas, Claudia Bauer, Sascha Hawemann, Marc Lunghuß, Nuran David Calis, Dieter Boyer, Enrico Lübbe and Mateja Koležnik. His most important roles include Shakespeare’s Romeo, Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann, Lessing’s Nathan, Faust in Goethe’s “Urfaust”, Macduff in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, the Dissector in “Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung” as well as Salieri in Shaffer’s “Amadeus” and the Captain in Büchner’s “Woyzeck”. Michael Pempelforth has been a freelance teacher at Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig and has worked in numerous radio and television productions.
Michael Pempelforth has been a company member of Schauspiel Leipzig since August 2013.