Barrie Kosky's transnational theatres

James Phillips (Editor), John R. Severn (Editor)

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This book, the first of its kind, surveys the career of the renowned Australian-German theatre and opera director Barrie Kosky. Its nine chapters provide multidisciplinary analyses of Barrie Kosky’s working practices and stage productions, from the beginning of his career in Melbourne to his current roles as Head of the Komische Oper Berlin and as a guest director in international demand. Specialists in theatre studies, opera studies, musical theatre studies, aesthetics, and arts administration offer in-depth accounts of Kosky’s unusually wide-ranging engagements with the performing arts – as a director of spoken theatre, operas, musicals, operettas, as an adaptor, a performer, a writer, and an arts manager. Further, this book includes contributions from theatre practitioners with first-hand experience of collaborating with Kosky in the 1990s, who draw on interviews with members of Gilgul, Australia’s first Jewish theatre company, to document this formative period in Kosky’s career. The book investigates the ways in which Kosky has created transnational theatres, through introducing European themes and theatre techniques to his Australian work or through bringing fresh voices to the national dialogue in Germany’s theatre landscape. An appendix contains a timeline and guide to Kosky’s productions to date.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages211
ISBN (Electronic)9783030750282
ISBN (Print)9783030750275
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameGlobal Germany in Transnational Dialogues
ISSN (Print)2522-5324
ISSN (Electronic)2522-5332


  • Arts outreach
  • Barrie Kosky’s ‘Anti-Realism’
  • Barrie Kosky’s Workshop
  • Berlin operetta
  • Komische Oper Berlin
  • Migrant theatre
  • Regietheater
  • Transnational Theatres


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