Yvonne Schmidt, Dr., is the initiator and head of Eco Art Lab at the Institute for Practices and Theories in the Arts at the Berne University of the Arts (HKB), where she is responsible for the research field arts mediation. Having a background in theatre/performance research, her interest lies in transdisciplinary, practice-led research and formats which foster a dialogue been the arts, academia, and society. She is also a Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film at ZHdK, the Co-President of the Swiss Society for Theatre Studies and a co-founder of the International Federation for Theatre Studies (IFTR) Working Group “Performance and Disability”. Her works have been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as RiDE: Research in Drama EducationTheatre Research International or Forum Modernes Theater. Apart from her book Ausweitung der Spielzone (Chronos) she edited a number of collections, such as the special-themed issue of RiDE International Perspectives on Performance and Disability (Routledge, 2017, with Mark Swetz and Carrie Sandahl), Theater und Öffentlichkeit. Theatervermittlung als Problem (Chronos 2012, with Myrna-Alice Prinz and Pia Strickler) or 10 Jahre IPF. Research in the Performing Arts and Film (Theater der Zeit 2018, with Anton Rey).

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