Peter M Boenisch is Professor of European Theatre, specialising in the areas of theatre direction and dramaturgy. Before being imported to Kent from Germany in 2004, he was a lecturer at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, worked as freelance theatre critic and dramaturg, and ran a fringe theatre space near Munich. In 2003/4, he was Leverhulme Visiting Fellow with the theatre department at the University of Huddersfield, and in 2012/3, he spent time at the University of Surrey as Professor of Dance and Theatre.
Peter is a Fellow at the International Research College “Interweaving Performance Cultures” and an editorial associate of Contemporary Theatre Review (published by Routledge) and, with Rachel Fensham (University of Melbourne), he is series of editor of the New World Choreographies book series for Palgrave Macmillan.
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- DR341 “Directors’ Theatre: The History of Staging Plays”
- DR343 “Behind the Performer”
- DR669 “European Theatre since 1945”
- DR635 “Dance and Theatre: Dramaturgies of Moving Bodies”
- MA European Theatre
- Peter also teaches at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” Berlin, and the theatre department at Freie Universität Berlin.
Peter is primarily interested in the aesthetics and politics of theatre performance, with inspiration drawn from Slavoj Žižek, Hegel, Lacan, Jacques Rancière, Fredric Jameson and other critical philosophers. His work focuses on theatre direction and dramaturgy, mainly in Continental Europe, and explores the notion of Regie as a distinct critical and political approach to theatre directing.
In 2015, he has completed a British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant "Thomas Ostermeier and the Berlin Schaubühne: Reinventing Directors' Theatre for the 21st Century", which has resulted in the book The Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier, co-authored with the director himself, published by Routledge in 2016.
Listen to Peter's lecture Reclaiming Regietheater: The Dialectics of Directing, given at the London Theatre Seminar, Senate House/University of London, on 17 October 2013, as a Podcast on Backdoorbroadcasting.
Peter welcomes proposals for postgraduate research in the following areas:
- Directing, mise en scène and Dramaturgy
- European Theatre, especially German and Flemish/Dutch theatre
- Critical Theory, Aesthetics of Theatre and Performance
- Dance and Corporeality
Please contact him for an informal discussion of potential projects.
Current and recent supervisions and examinations include
- Canonical Dramatic Texts in Contemporary Directors’ Theatre
- The Organisation of Scenography
- Dramaturgy of Contemporary British Dance
- Dramaturgy of the Body: Visuality, Corporeality and Physical Presence
- Collectivity within Contemporary Greek Dance Creation
- Shakespeare and German unification: The interface of politics and performance
- The Role Of The Dramaturg In Devised And Contemporary Performance In The UK
- Brechtian Gestus Today
- Film as Performance – Performance as Film
- Blast Theory: intermedial performance
- Post 1990s Dance Theatre