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Erwin Piscator Award for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte

Theater Scholar at Freie Universität Recognized in New York for Lifetime Achievements

№ 083/2016 from Mar 24, 2016

The theater scholar Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte from Freie Universität will be recognized with the Erwin Piscator Lifetime Achievement Award on March 29, 2016, in New York. The award is presented annually by the Erwin Piscator Award Society. A spokesperson for the society noted that Dr. Fischer-Lichte was being recognized for her outstanding contributions to international theater studies as well as her pioneering contributions to the development of an aesthetic of the performative and her strong commitment to the structural development of European research. Altogether she has made an invaluable contribution to the artistic and art-related dialog between the United States and Europe. The highly regarded American theater scholar Marvin Carlson from the City University of New York will give the keynote address at the award ceremony on March 29.

Erika Fischer-Lichte is the director of the international Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg “Interweaving Performance Cultures” and a professor of theater studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She is a member of Academia Europaea, the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the National Academy of Science, Leopoldina. She has taught as a visiting professor in China, India, Japan, Russia, Norway, and the U.S. So far Fischer-Lichte has published 20 monographs and more than 300 essays on aesthetics, semiotics, the history and theory of theater, and interweaving of theater cultures. Several of her books have been translated not only into English, but also into eleven other European languages as well as into Arabic, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Erwin Piscator (1893–1966) was a German theater director and producer, a drama teacher, and the founder of the Dramatic Workshop at The New School in New York. With his political theater in the 1920s in Germany and later his plays dealing with how German society processed the Nazi dictatorship, performed in the 1960s in the former Freie Volksbühne in Berlin, he set political and historical accents. The Erwin Piscator Award Society was founded in 1985. Annually it presents the Erwin Piscator Award, the Honorary Erwin Piscator Award in memory of Maria Ley Piscator, and the Erwin Piscator Lifetime Achievement Award. The Erwin Piscator Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who use the arts to contribute to the improvement of humanity. It is considered the top award in academic and artistic dialog between the US and Europe.

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Time and Location

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 12:00 noon (local time)
  • The Lotos Club, 5 East 66th Street, New York City, USA


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Institute of Dance and Theater Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-503 15, Email: