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Balme, Christopher

Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme

Principal Investigator


— Professor of Theater Studies (LMU Munich)
— Director of the Institute for Theater Studies (LMU Munich)


Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Georgenstr. 11
80799 München

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 3686
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 6344

Website: Webprofile (LMU Munich)

Main Research Areas

  • Global Theater History/Theatre and Globalization
  • Reinhart Koselleck Project (DFG funded) "Globale Theatergeschichte: Modernisierung und die Entstehung einer transnationalen Öffentlichkeit (1860-1960)" [Global Theater History: Modernisation and the Emergence of a Transnational Public (1860-1969)]:
  • Theory of Theater
  • Aesthetics of Performance

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Morrinsville (New Zealand). Since 2006 Professor of Theater Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University-Munich (LMU). Received his PhD from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1993 and habilitated in Theater Studies at LMU. From 1994 to 1998 professor of Theater Studies at LMU and from 1998 to 2004 Chair of Theater Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.


  • Forum Modernes Theater
  • Contributing Editor for “Western European Stages”
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Theatre Studies”
  • Intervisionen: Texte zu Theater und anderen Künsten (ePODIUM)
  • Performanzen: Ritual, Theatre and Performance
  • Theatron

Positions, Assignments and Memberships

  • Principal Investigator of the Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies
  • Leader of the Study Group Performativity
  • Advisory Board Member of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures"
  • Advisory Board Member of the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History at the Austrian Academy of Science

Supervised Ph.D. Theses

List of Ph.D. theses under Professor Christopher Balme’s supervision