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Institute of Performing Arts and Education

The Institute of Performing Arts and Education specialises in research and teaching in practical artistic skills and theatre pedagogy on both a theoretical and practical level. It administers and delivers the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degree programmes in the Performing Arts and is a centre of expertise and academic development in the field.

At the IPK, we base our approach on a broad definition of theatre, in which performative, interactive and immersive formats are given equal weighting with more traditional text-based theatre. Our taught courses explore the history of theatre and equip students with a theoretical understanding of theatre and performance, while also strongly emphasising the importance of positioning our own approach(es) to theatre pedagogy within a social and political context.

The Institute of Performing Arts and Education defines itself as an educational institute which bears a political and social responsibility within the framework of a university setting. This responsibility means, among other things, that we encourage students and staff to see their own artistic and pedagogic practice as a democratically orientated, social practice, continually interrogating their own position within a social and political context.

The IPK works closely with a number of different cultural organisations in the city of Braunschweig such as the LOT-Theater Braunschweig and the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Staff at the Institute (on the German website)

Institute Directors

Björn Auftrag
Elise von Bernstorff

Last amended by Office for Press and Communication, Desiree Schober on 10.12.2020


Building 14; Room 211

Irmhild Berger
+49 (0) 531 391 9148

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fridays by prior appointment