Irene Lehmann is a Berlin based theatre and performance scholar, author and dramaturge. She completed her studies in Theatre, Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and conducted her PhD on politics and aesthetics in Luigi Nono’s experimental music theatre (Auf der Suche nach einem neuen Musiktheater. Politik und Ästhetik in Luigi Nonos musikthetralen Arbeiten zwischen 1960 und 1975, wolke 2019). She pursued a post-doctoral research project on processes of composing-performing in music theatre and dance at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuernberg. On behalf of her research, she was a PhD fellow with Ev. Studienwerk Villigst, DHI Rom, DSZV Venedig and a PostDoc fellow at the Bavarian State Program for the Promotion of Women in Academic Research and Teaching. She co-edited Staging Gender. Reflektionen aus Theorie und Praxis der performativen Künste (transcript 2019), and publishes in academic journals as well as in theatre and music magazines. Lehmann is active as a guest lecturer at FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg.
As a Senior PostDoc researcher and as a dramaturge she has cooperated with artistic research projects including Pia Palme’s On the fragility of sounds (KUG Graz, Austria, 2019-2022); in this framework she co-edited Sounding Fragilities. An Anthology (wolke 2022). An ongoing research association connects Irene Lehmann to Heike Langsdorf’s projects such as Distraction as a Discipline (KASK Gent, Belgium 2016-2019), … through practices and Disclosing Practices. Lehmann has also worked in the field of cultural management, mainly with different Berlin based festivals and concert formats for experimental music, such as MaerzMusik, Kontraklang and Echtzeitmusiktage. In 2021, she was a jury member with the Arena… der jungen Künste-Festival (Erlangen) and with Noperas! Fond Experimentelles Musiktheater (NRW).