Bernhard Utz comes from Landshut in Lower Bavaria. While studying dramaturgy at the Bavarian Theater Academy in Munich, he began working as a dramaturge, lighting assistant, assistant director and ticket seller. From 2005 he headed the central ticket sales department of the Bavarian State Theater in Munich for two years. He then switched to the business consulting company actori as a consultant with a focus on culture and education. In 2009 he took over the directorate for communication and sales in the area of executive management of the Stuttgart State Theaters. The state and city of Salzburg appointed him as Executive Director of the Salzburg State Theater in January 2018.