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About dramaturgy

Dramaturgy is the study of theatre, broadly defined. Research topics range from textual analysis of drama from antiquity to the present day and the study of the theatre’s politico-cultural context, to the applications of theatre in educational and developmental contexts. The theatricalproces and performance is the key focus of the programme’s teaching and research. Performance is approached from both historical and aesthetic perspectives.

The research environment

The Dramaturgy Programme  at  has a strong tradition of focus on contemporary and innovative forms of theatre. At the same time, the programme also encompasses the investigation of the theatre’s historical dimension.

The Dramaturgy Programme has close ties to the contemporary theatre scene, and elements of the practice of theatre are involved at all stages of its students’ studies. In addition to teaching and research at the programme,  researchers typically teach at drama schools and participate actively in dramatic productions, for example as consultants and theatrical advisers.

The practice-oriented focus of the Dramaturgy Programme has other applications as well: the programme develops concepts for how artistic production processes can be applied in  non-artistic creative processes. The programme’s research thus makes dramaturgical knowledge and strategies accessible to business, culture and the theatre itself.

Research and Education

Research programme

Department Staff

Head of Department


John Andreasen

Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

Erik Exe Christoffersen

Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

Janne Risum

Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

Janek Szatkowski

Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita