Urs Bircher studied philosophy and history in Vienna, Paris and Berlin.
Urs Bircher has served as a dramaturg, director for a number of German-language theaters in Switzerland, including the Städttheater Hildesheim, which he joined in 2000-01 and as a president of the International Theater Institute (ITI) Switzerland. His work in the theater brought him into contact with Max Frisch, an influential playwright, architect, and novelist. Bircher served as a dramaturg for the premier of Frisch's last play “Jonas und sein Veteran” at the Schauspielhaus Zürich on October 19, 1989.
Urs Bircher wrote two volumes on Frisch's life “Vom langsamen Wachsen eines Zorns: Max Frisch 1911-1955” in 1997 and “Mit Ausnahme der Freundschaft: Max Frisch 1956-1991” in 2000. The second volume “Mit Ausnahme der Freundschaft” focuses on Frisch's political development from nationalist conservatism to critic of both political left and right as well as how this shift is reflected in his writing.