Theatre and Internationalization examines how internationalization affects the processes and aesthetics of theatre, and how this art form responds dramatically and thematically to internationalization beyond the stage.

With central examples drawn from Australia and Germany from the 1930s to the present day, the book considers theatre and internationalization through a range of theoretical lenses and methodological practices, including archival research, aviation history, theatre historiography, arts policy, organizational theory, language analysis, academic-practitioner insights, and literary-textual studies. While drawing attention to the ways in which theatre and internationalization might be contributing productively to each other and to the communities in which they operate, it also acknowledges the limits and problematic aspects of internationalization. Taking an unusually wide approach to theatre, the book includes chapters by specialists in popular commercial theatre, disability theatre, Indigenous performance, theatre by and for refugees and other migrants, young people as performers, opera and operetta, and spoken art theatre.

An excellent resource for academics and students of theatre and performance studies, especially in the fields of spoken theatre, opera and operetta studies, and migrant theatre, Theatre and Internationalization explores how theatre shapes and is shaped by international flows of people, funds, practices, and works.

part 1|33 pages


part 2|71 pages

Theatre and internationalization

chapter 2|18 pages

1930s jazz operetta and internationalization then and now

Risks, ethics, aesthetics

chapter 3|17 pages

Visualizing the entrepreneurial networks of international entertainment

The Dalrays touring beyond the Tivoli, 1956–66

chapter 5|18 pages

Collaborative creation across borders and art forms

A director's perspective on opera and internationalization

part 3|54 pages

Language and text in theatre and internationalization

chapter 7|18 pages

Dramaturgical oper(a n)ations

De-internationalization in contemporary opera libretti

chapter 8|15 pages

Criticizing globalization in a theatre of internationalization?

Concepts of theatrical space between dissolution and demarcation in Falk Richter's Electronic City (2003) and Safe Places (2016)

part 4|36 pages

Internationalization in contemporary theatre

chapter 10|18 pages

Who's watching?

Neo-realism and global ‘brand Ibsen' in Germany and Australia

part 5|53 pages

Internationalization, performers, audiences, institutions

chapter 1|16 pages

1Migration and theatre in Berlin

The Maxim Gorki Theater and the Komische Oper Berlin

chapter 2|17 pages

1Young artists, international markets

Legitimizing myths and institutional strategies