Imanuel Schipper studied at the University of Music and Theatre in Hannover (Germany) and Theatre and Dance Studies at the University in Bern (Switzerland). He has accrued more than fifteen years practical experience in dramaturgy and acting since 1998; he was appointed Lecturer in Dramaturgy and Performance Theory at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2007 where he remained until 2014.
Imanuel Schipper has been Senior Researcher and Research Project Manager at the Institute for Performing Arts and Film, the Institute for Critical Design Research, the Institute for Critical Theory, and the Institute for Contemporary Art Research, all at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
In July 2014, he became a member of the Performance Studies International PSi board.
From October 2014 until July 2015 he was a research fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at the Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany).
Most recently, he has been finishing his PhD project on “Relational Dramaturgies” at the Doctoral
Research Group for Representation Visuality Knowledge, Leuphana University Lüneburg.
In his career as a dramaturge (theatre, dance, opera), Imanuel Schipper has collaborated with Rimini Protokoll,William Forsythe, Luk Perceval and Michael Simon, among others, on several highly successful productions.
He was recently commissioned to be one of the four curators of the official Swiss program for the 13th Prague Quadrennial for Scenography, 2015.
In November 2014, he was the dramaturge on the Rimini Protokoll project Welt-Klima-Konferenz at the
Schauspielhaus Hamburg – a multi-player-model of the UN-COP Conferences for 650 visitors/players.
Most recently he started working with Rimin Protokoll again on Staate 1-4, a tetralogy on post-democratic
phenomena, commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and four major theatres in Germany and
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