Sex, Race and Power around the Stage

Two major scandals shock the German theater community and question the public image of theatre as the avant-garde of liberal institutions in times of #metoo and Black Lives Matter. The theater system displays the almost unlimited power of artistic directors which is now at stake.

On 15 March Klaus Dörr resigned from office as the artistic director of Berlin Volksbühne. The debate in public had opened only two days before when the leftist newspaper taz run a long article about a group of ten women who worked in various functions and departments of Volksbühne and joined last summer to exchange information about experiences with sexual harassment by Dörr. In January they had informed the Berlin senator for culture, Klaus Lederer, followed by his examination of the accusations with Dörr in person in early March.

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