Irene Lehmann

Theatre and Performance Scholar |
Author | Dramaturge

Experimental Music Theatre | Performance Art

Irene Lehmann (Dr. phil.) arbeitet als Wissenschaftlerin, Autorin und Dramaturgin im Feld des Experimentellen Musiktheaters und der Performancekunst.

Photo by Elisabeth Mena Urbitsch

Irene Lehmann is a Berlin based performance studies scholar and author with a focus on experimental music and performance art. Furthermore, she pursues ways of connecting art, artistic and academic research.

Biographical Information

Dr. Irene Lehmann studied Theatre studies, Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Freie University Berlin and completed her PhD on politics and aesthetics in Luigi Nono’s experimental music theatre (Auf der Suche nach einem neuen Musiktheater. Politik und Ästhetik in Luigi Nonos musikthetralen Arbeiten zwischen 1960 und 1975, Wolke 2019). She was a fellow with Ev. Studienwerk Villigst, DSZV Venedig and DHI Rom and conducted research in Italian, German and American archives.

Currently, she pursues a PostDoc project on processes of composing performing and resonating knowledges and was a PostDoc fellow at the Bavarian State Program for the Promotion of Women in Academic Research and Teaching at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuernberg. She inititated and co-edited Staging Gender. Reflektionen aus Theorie und Praxis der performativen Künste (transcript 2019), a book project, that created a dialogue on gender and the performative arts between academic researchers and artists.

Lehmann teaches Theatre Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg and writes as a critic on experimental music theatre, and is also active as a dramaturgic advisor. In 2018-2019, she has been involved in an artistic research cooperation with Heike Langsdorf’s Distraction as a Discipline-Project (KASK Gent, Belgium) and has been a Senior PostDoc-Researcher in Pia Palme’s Fragility of Sound Project (KUG Graz, Austria in 2020-2021. In association with these projects and beyond, she continues her research on composing performing and resonating knowledges. (see also

Lehmann has also worked in the field of cultural management, mainly with different Berlin based festivals and concert formats for experimental music, such as MaerzMusik, Kontraklang and Echtzeitmusiktage. In 2021, she is a jury member of the Arena… der jungen Künste-Festival (Erlangen) and of Noperas! Fond Experimentelles Musiktheater (NRW).