Amy Stebbins

Amy Stebbins graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with a B.A. in History and Literature. Her scholarship explores issues pertinent to theater, film, and opera, focusing in particular on the ethical parameters of acting, conceptual dissensus between American performance studies and German Theaterwissenschaft, and the public role of theater in the age of post-politics. Her dissertation "Theater of the Turns: The Dialectics of Acting and Identity at Frank Castorf's Volksbühne" attends to acting practices at the Berlin Volksbühne from 1992 to 2017, and demonstrates how actors function as representations  (and symptoms) of the reconfiguration of German and European identity structures after 1989. Stebbins is also a director and librettist. Recent projects include: "Mauerschau" an evening-length opera commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera; "Musical Land" commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin in cooperation with the Deutsche Bank Foundation; and “MAKING A (RE)ENTRANCE PARTS I & II", a performance piece featuring male ex-offenders from the Crossroads Adult Transition Center that investigated the performative demands of prisoner rehabilitation programs in the United States. From 2011-2013 Stebbins was a dramaturgy fellow at the Deutsche Bank Foundation's Akademie Musiktheater heute.