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Thomas Schmidt

Thomas, former managing director and CEO of the German National Theater in Weimar, is a professor for theater and music management at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany since 2013 and author of several books, including Power and Structure in Theater (2023) and Ethical Theater (Ethisches Theater, 2024).

Thomas Schmidt is a professor of Theater and the head of the master's program for Theater and Music Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a dramaturge and producer, who founded several theater companies and worked with them for many years. He was the Managing Director of the German National Theater in Weimar, and later its Executive Director, before being appointed head of the Master Program in 2013. The program trains theater and music professionals from all over the world, who afterwards take over management positions in theaters, orchestras, festivals and companies. He has worked as a playwright and he is the author of several books, including Theater, Krise und Reform (2017), as well as Power and Structure in Theater (2023) and Ethisches Theater (2024).

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The German Theatre System Has a Problem With Power and Discrimination
Essay

The German Theatre System Has a Problem With Power and Discrimination

3 June 2024

Thomas Schmidt, author of Power and Structure in Theater, shares his research on the German theatre landscape. He illuminates toxic power structures, explains how the way theatre operates is a result of Germany’s neocolonial and Nazi history, and offers recommendations for how to improve in the future.

The New Theatre Season in Germany
Essay

The New Theatre Season in Germany

Occupation and Immersion

6 November 2017

Thomas Schmidt talks about the recent protest at the Berlin Volksbühne over the change of leadership and immersive theatre in Germany.

The Post-Dramatic Turn in German Theatre
Essay

The Post-Dramatic Turn in German Theatre

25 May 2017

The second in a series of articles by German theatre scholar Thomas Schmidt about the history of German theatre.

Lessing, Schiller, Brecht, Müller, and the State of German Theatre
Essay

Lessing, Schiller, Brecht, Müller, and the State of German Theatre

25 January 2017

Thomas Schmidt on the history and model of German theatre. The first in a series of essays about the theatre in Germany.

State of German Theatre
Series

State of German Theatre

Thomas Schmidt talks about the state and history of German theatre.

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