Dr Ann-Christine Simke

  • Teaching Assistant (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)

Research interests

My research interests are in the field of contemporary and historical German theatre, dramaturgical practice and theory as well as institutional aesthetics in the 20th and 21st century.

My PhD thesis “Berlinische Dramaturgien – Dramaturgical Practices in the German Metropolis” explored the work of dramaturgy departments at three different theatres in Berlin during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: at the Deutsches Theater Berlin under the directorship of Max Reinhardt at the beginning of the twentieth century, at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer under the directorship of Peter Stein during the 1960s and 1970s, and at the Maxim Gorki Theater during the first season of Shermin Langhoff and Jens Hillje’s directorship in 2013/14. The study locates dramaturgical practices within a wider cultural and political field – from metropolitan culture in Wilhelmine Berlin to the anti-authoritarian theatre movement in West Germany and finally to contemporary debates on postmigrant theatre and cosmopolitanism in the reunified Germany of the twenty-first century. My methodological approach combines performance analyses with analyses of historical documents such as theatre journals and theatre programmes and forges links between a curatorial understanding of dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and institutional aesthetics.


  • Full PhD scholarship by the College of Arts at University of Glasgow, 10/2012 – 09/2015
  • IFTR conference Scholarship. July 2015
  • Travel Scholarship, Association for German Studies. August 2014.
  • College of Arts Graduate School Research Support Award at University of Glasgow. March 2014
  • School of Culture and Creative Arts Research Award at University of Glasgow. March 2014
  • Full scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation, 04/2006 – 03/2012


  • Reading the Stage (Level 1)
  • Theatre and Society (Level 1)
  • Classical to Modern (Level 2)
  • Modernism to Postmodern (Level 2)
  • Single Honours Group Project (Honours)
  • Performance Theory and Analysis (Honours)
  • Modern German Theatre (Honours)
  • Debating Dramaturgy 1 (M Litt Playwriting and Dramaturgy)
  • Dissertation Supervision (Honours, Masters)

Additional Information

Administrative Duties

  • Convener of Level 2

External Responsibilities

  • Cultural Programmer (Theatre, Dance, Film) at Goethe-Institut Glasgow


  • SRC Student Teaching Award, Glasgow University: Honourable Mention in the category “Best Teacher – College of Arts”, as well as nominated in the category “Outstanding Contribution to Teaching”, March 2018
  • Shortlisted for a SRC Student Teaching Award in the category “Best Postgraduate Who Tutors” at University of Glasgow, March 2014

Recent conference presentations

  •  “Raptured Frustration – the Theatre of Frank Castorf”, Dramaturgy and Directing Working Group, TaPRa conference, Aberystwyth University, September 2018
  •  “Changing Narratives, Migrating Audiences – The Case of the Volksbühne Berlin”, Translation, Adaptation, Dramaturgy Working Group, IFTR Conference, University of Belgrade, July 2018
  •  “Towards a Forensic Aesthetic – Theatre’s Creative Alliance with Technoscience”, Conference Theatre in Crisis in Europe, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama & LMU Munich, Goethe-Institut London, April 2018.
  • “Kahane & Hollaender - Institutional Dramaturgy at the Deutsches Theater Berlin”, Symposium “Dramaturgies of War”, University of Glasgow, Goethe-Institut Glasgow, January 2018.
  • “An Audience of Dramaturgs – Collective Dramaturgy at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer”, Working Group Translation, Adaptation, Dramaturgy, IFTR conference, University of Hyderabad, July 2015.
  • “Dramaturgy for a Post-Migrant Society?” Symposium Postmigrant Theatre from/in Germany, Edinburgh University, May 2015.
  •  “Dramaturgie als Vermittlung.” Panel “Episteme der Dramaturgie” at Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft Conference, University of Bochum, September 2014.
  •  “Flicking through the Programme. Dramaturgical Practice at the Deutsches Theater Berlin under the Directorship of Max Reinhardt.” Working Group Translation, Adaptation, Dramaturgy at IFTR conference, Warwick University, July 2014.
  •  “Staging Dramaturgy as a Strategy of Subversion. Shakespeares Memory at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer.” Protest – Postgraduate Conference, College of Arts, University of Glasgow, May 2014.
  •  “Dramaturgy on the Move” in the panel “New Dramaturgies” in the context of the New Scholar's Forum at IFTR conference in Barcelona, July 2013.
  •  “Dramaturgs in Drama. Between Parody and Vision.” Annual Theatre, Film and Television Studies and CCPR Symposium at the Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, May 2013.
  • “Facilitate ist eigentlich ein gutes Wort dafür. 3 Vorbemerkungen zu einer Dramaturgie ohne Drama.” Conference Dramaturgien. Texte, Spiele, Wirkungen at Institute of Theatre Studies, University of Bern, November 2012


Membership of Professional Organisations

  • GTW (Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft) – Dramaturgy Working Group
  • IFTR – Working Group Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy
  • TaPRA – Working Group Directing and Dramaturgy
  • Dg – Dramaturgische Gesellschaft (German Dramaturgical Society)