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Ulrike Garde’s research interests range across Intercultural German Studies, in particular German theatre, performing arts, literature and film. She explores how we create and perceive cultural identities in theatre, literature and film. Her current project investigates 'Multilingualism on the Berlin Stage'.

Past research projects and publications have included studies on: Bertolt Brecht, the reception of German-speaking playwrights in Australia (Brecht & Co: German-speaking Playwrights on the Australian Stage); and on the creation of cultural identity in inter- and transcultural contexts. Her research has contributed new insights into Australian-German cross-cultural relationships and into the Arts’ engagement with cultural diversity in German-speaking countries and beyond.

Her latest publications offer fresh perspectives on our current fascination with ‘Real People’ narrating their lives and sharing their memories on stage. Her recent co-authored monograph  explores how innovative documentary theatre, such as Theatre of Real People, has created a sense of the real and authentic, asking whether this aesthetic strategy contributes fresh ways of perceiving culturally diverse and unfamiliar people.

Research interests

- Intercultural German Studies

- German theatre and performing arts

- Multilingualism on the Berlin stage

- Cultural identities in theatre, literature and film and the Arts’ engagement with cultural diversity in Germany and beyond

- Theatre and internationalisation

- Theatre of Real People: ‘Real People’ narrating their lives and sharing their memories on stage

- Performance and authenticity

- Australian-German cross-cultural relationships

Co-founder of the Research Cluster "Staging Migration in Berlin: Opera, Theatre, Film, Performance" in the Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Research student supervision

Supervision Areas

  • Contemporary literature, film and theatre by German-speaking authors, directors and theatre artists
  • Multilingualism in theatre and literature
  • Theatre and internationalisation
  • Staging Migration in Berlin: Theatre, Performance, Film
  • Intercultural reception studies and histories
  • Learning and teaching of German language, literature and culture


Education/Academic qualification

Intercultural German Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Education, Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne

Licence Es Lettres Modernes, Universite de Toulouse

German, French and Spanish Studies, Magister Artium, University of Bonn

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Outputs 2001 2020

Theatre of real people: diverse encounters at Berlin's Hebbel am Ufer and beyond

Garde, U. & Mumford, M., 2016, London ; New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. 247 p. (Methuen drama engage)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Social Engagement

Brecht & Co. German-speaking playwrights on the Australian stage

Garde, U., 2007, Bern ; New York: Peter Lang. (German-Australian studies; vol. 18)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Bertolt Brecht

Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren

Birgfeld, J. (ed.), Garde, U. (ed.) & Mumford, M. (ed.), 2015, Hannover: Wehrhahn. 324 p. (Forum für deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater in Geschichte und Gegenwart)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearch

Belonging and exclusion: case studies in recent Australian and German literature, film and theatre

Garde, U. (ed.) & Meyer, A-R. (ed.), 2009, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 217 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearch

Australian Literature
German Literature

Theatre and internationalization

Severn, J. R. & Garde, U., 2020, (In preparation) Theatre and internationalization: perspectives from Australia, Germany and beyond. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Award

Ulrike Garde (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Honorary award