Amy Stebbins


Amy Stebbins graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with a B.A. in History and Literature. In 2008, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Free University in Berlin while also working at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz. In 2011, Mrs. Stebbins was awarded an MA in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research explores questions of acting and performance across theater, film, and opera, as well as the intersection of arts and society. Recent publications include: "Reentry as Performance: Reflections from Institution X" in Critical Social Policy (co-author Dr. Adi Barak), and "Eine Aufgekratztheit im Theater: Acting the Agon at the Volksbuhne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz" in a special edition of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies.
Artistic practice also features centrally in Mrs. Stebbins' work. She is a recipient of the University of Chicago Arts-Science Grant (2010) and the Student Fine Arts Fellowship (2013). Mrs. Stebbins was a dramaturgy fellow at the Deutsche Bank Foundation's Akademie Musiktheater Heute from 2011-2013. Her libretto "Musical Land" (co-written with Felix Seiler) premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in June 2014. In 2016, she directed and wrote the libretto for Mauerschau, a full-length opera commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera, which was awarded the Opera Festival Prize in November 2016.


Research Interests: 

Art and society; Theater and Perfomrance Studies; Critical Theory; German cinema; acting in film, opera, and theater; practice / theory; the musical; Arab cinema.


The Theater of the Turn: the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 1992-2017