Christopher Balme holds the chair in theatre studies at LMU Munich. His publications include Decolonizing the Stage: Theatrical syncretism and postcolonial drama, (Clarendon Press 1999); Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies (CUP 2008); The theatrical public sphere (CUP 2014) and The Globalization of Theatre 1870-1930: The Theatrical Networks of Maurice E. Bandmann, (CUP 2020). He co-edited with Tony Fisher. Theatre Institutions in Crisis: European Perspectives (Routledge 2021). He is principal investigator of the ERC Advanced Grant ‘“Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945” and the German research group “Krisengefüge der Künste: Institutionelle Transformationsdynamiken in den darstellenden Künsten der Gegenwart” (DFG).