Book Launch: Theatre and Internationalization: Perspectives from Australia, Germany, and Beyond – edited by Ulrike Garde and John R. Severn

Book Launch

Ulrike Garde and John R. Severn

Macquarie University

Theatre and Internationalization: Perspectives from Australia, Germany, and Beyond

Theatre and Internationalization examines how internationalization affects the processes and aesthetics of theatre, and how this art form responds dramatically and thematically to internationalization beyond the stage. 

With central examples drawn from Australia and Germany from the 1930s to the present day, the book considers theatre and internationalization through a range of theoretical lenses and methodological practices, including archival research, aviation history, theatre historiography, arts policy, organizational theory, language analysis, academic-practitioner insights, and literary-textual studies. While drawing attention to the ways in which theatre and internationalization might be contributing productively to each other and to the communities in which they operate, it also acknowledges the limits and problematic aspects of internationalization. Taking an unusually wide approach to theatre, the book includes chapters by specialists in popular commercial theatre, disability theatre, Indigenous performance, theatre by and for refugees and other migrants, young people as performers, opera and operetta, and spoken art theatre. 

An excellent resource for academics and students of theatre and performance studies, especially in the fields of spoken theatre, opera and operetta studies, and migrant theatre, Theatre and Internationalization explores how theatre shapes and is shaped by international flows of people, funds, practices, and works.

Ulrike Garde (German Studies, MCCALL, Macquarie University) specializes in research in German intercultural studies and theatre. She currently investigates multilingualism on the Berlin stage. Her most recent book, co-authored with Meg Mumford, is Theatre of Real People: Diverse Encounters at Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer and Beyond (2016).

John R. Severn is a Research Fellow at Macquarie University. He is the author of Shakespeare as Jukebox Musical (Routledge, 2019) and is currently working on an Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project on the economic and cultural value of theatre in Australia.