Dr Sigrid Merx is an Assistant Professor Theatre Studies at Utrecht University where she teaches in the BA programme Theater, Film and Television Studies and in the MA programme Theater Studies. 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. In her current teaching she focuses on theatre and performance in the context of other media and performance.
Currently she is investigating new research interests. Interested in the question how we are and can be a society nowadays, she wants to explore theatricality and inter-esse in the urban public sphere in order to outline "a dramaturgy of engagement". She will use Oosterling's relational philosophy on inter-esse and Chantal Mouffe's philosophy of the public sphere as a starting point for her thinking.
Sigrid is also member of the board for the Domein voor Kunstkritiek (Institute for Art Criticism) and the board of PSi (Performance Studies international) and is still active as a freelance writer and dramaturge, especially in community art projects.
March 2009 she won the Prijs Jong Docenttalent 2009, for being the the most inspiring and innovative young Utrecht University teacher of the year. As winner of this price she was granted access to Nebula, a selective group of young ambitious teachers who strive to improve the quality of teaching at Utrecht University and to bridge the gap between research and teaching.