Sebastian Brauneis was born in 1978 in Vienna, Austria. He grew up as the eldest of 6 siblings. He spent his early childhood - due to his father's work as a war correspondent - partly in former Warsaw Pact countries and in the then so-called »Middle East«. After leaving school with a high school diploma from a Federal boarding school,he studied medicine and journalism, each of which he broke off. At the same time, he took up work in film and television, rotating in various departments. This was followed by a period of directing and authorship for 66 episodes of the TV formats »Broadcast Without Name«, »Welcome Austria«, »Bösterreich«, »Democracy, the Show« and »Elevate«. Since 2014 he teaches »Camera Acting« at the Max Reinhardt Seminar of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His movie debut »Zauberer« premiered in 2018 at the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken. The year 2019 saw his first successful, experimental theatre staging in XR. »Inside Lieutenant Gustl«, based on the inner monologue by Arthur Schnitzler. A theatre experience in virtual reality.