Christopher Balme currently holds the chair in Theatre Studies at LMU Munich. He has held positions at the universities of Würzburg, Munich and Mainz. From 2004 to 2006, he held the chair in Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on German theatre, intercultural theatre and theatre and other media. Professor Balme is  past-president of the IFTR. From 2004 to 2006, he was Senior Editor of Theatre Research International. He currently edits the journal Forum Modernes Theater. Recent publications include Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies (Cambridge 2008) and The theatrical public sphere (Cambridge 2014). His current research interests focus on the legacy of modernism in the globalization of the arts; theatre and the public sphere; and the relationship between institutions and theatre. He is director of the Global Theatre Histories project (www.global-theatre-histories.org).