Dr Sigrid Merx is an Assistant Professor Theatre Studies at Utrecht University where she teaches in the BA program Media and Culture Studies and in the MA program Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy. She is coordinator of the BA program since September 2013. Previously she was a middle school drama teacher and was active as a playwright, writing coach and dramaturge in several youth theatre productions.
June 2009 she finished her PhD thesis on video and the (re)presentation of time in the Proust-cycle, a series of four performances by Flemish director Guy Cassiers. In this thesis, drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s work on time-images, she developed a conceptual framework to analyze time in intermedial performances. She was co-convener of the IFTR working group ‘Intermediality in theatre and performance’ from 2010-2013.
Her current research focuses on performative interventions in public space and on the concept of public space ‘as’ performance. Interested in the question how we are and can be a society nowadays, she seeks to explore theatricality and performativity in the urban public sphere in order to outline “a dramaturgy of engagement”.
March 2009 Sigrid won the Prijs Jong Docenttalent 2009, for being the most inspiring and innovative young Utrecht University teacher of the year. For 2013-2014 she has been accepted in a one-year program of the Centre of Excellence in University Teaching to develop leadership skills in initiating and managing innovation in teaching and education.
Sigrid is member of the board of PSi (Performance Studies international) and chair of the board of Stichting DRIFT/Platform Scenography.