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Dr. Johanna Dombois
Assistant Professor of Artistic and Scientific Writing and Performance Media Studies



Born in Berlin in 1967, Johanna Dombois is an author/publicist and dramaturge and focuses on literary and performance arts, experimental dramaturgies, and critical lyric theater practice. Work formats: Essays and scientific prose, performative texts, theater and literary criticism, cultural reports, autofiction (for offline/online publication); readings, lectures, presentations, mixed-media lectures, lecture performances (for the podium); production, installation and intervention as well as music visualization and machinima (for the stage and larger spaces). Her current area of focus, Material Stories [Stoffgeschichten] is the context of texts – textures – textiles/composing – programming – weaving.

Initial involvement in the Young Vic London, the production workshops of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Globe Theater, and Theaterkunst GmbH Berlin. 1989–95 Studies in German, Drama, English and Costume History and Design in Berlin, Vienna, Cambridge and Uppsala. Starting in 1997 dissertation. 2001–05 Artistic director of the Stage for Music Visualization at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. Starting in 2005 freelance art, literary and research projects as well as lectureships at art conservatories and universities in Germany and abroad. 2006/07 Doctoral degree under Peter Wapnewski (TU Berlin) with a dissertation on media-based dramaturgies of operas by Richard Wagner.

Collaboration and other activities with the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Radialsystem V, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam/ De Nederlandse Opera, Staatstheater Kassel, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Fraunhofer Institut Medienkommunikation, ZKM Karlsruhe, Opernwelt, Theater der Zeit, Die Deutsche Bühne, Merkur, Spex, Die Zeit, Musik & Ästhetik, Lettre International, Cabaret Voltaire Zürich, Bauhaus Dessau, Bertolt Brecht Archiv Berlin, Literaturhaus Köln, and Klett-Cotta.

Member of the Board of Authors of the Deutsche Bühne and of the Scientific-Artistic Advisory Board of Musik & Ästhetik. Numerous honors, guest artist, most recently at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Delphi, Greece and the residential program of the NRW Art Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey.

Johanna Dombois has been a lecturer in Artistic-Scientific Writing and Performance Media Studies at the Institute for Music and Media of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media Düsseldorf since 2017.


Photo: © H. Wittmann/Staatsoper Stuttgart


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