Pearson's Preview

Pearson's Preview

Pearson's Preview

Since 2014, Joseph Pearson has offered his discerning insights and background on selected premieres and guest performances during the season and for the Festival of International New Drama, with his English-language »Previews«. By now, the historian by profession has penned more than 30 essays and conversations for his »Pearson’s Preview« column. Most of the essays have also been translated into German. In the 2016/17 season, the theatre continues this collaboration. The Schaubühne‹s essayist will again visit rehearsals, cover the festival, meet directors, and pose unusual questions, from the perspective of a blogging »polymath« and keen spectator, which – we hope – will broaden the audience’s perspective.

Dr. Joseph Pearson is a Canadian writer, and cultural historian, principally with New York University in Berlin. He came to live in Berlin full-time almost a decade ago from New York City, where he taught in the humanities program of Columbia University. His portrait of the German capital, Berlin Cityscopes, with Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press, will be published in Spring 2017. For some time, he has captured attention with »The Needle« (needleberlin.com), one of Berlin’s most popular English language blogs.

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Pearson's Preview




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For the first time at F.I.N.D.#14 Joseph Pearson gave readers of our F.I.N.D. blog rare insights and background information on the invited guest performances with his English-language »Previews« which met with a huge and positive response. Since then, the historian by profession has penned twelve further essays and conversations worth reading, covering selected Schaubühne premieres and F.I.N.D.#15. These can be found in the »Theory« section at www.schaubuehne.de and are also available in German translation. During the 2015/16 season, we are continuing this collaboration: for »Pearson’s Preview« our writer will again be visiting rehearsals for us, meeting directors and posing unusual questions from the perspective of a blogging »polymath« and keen amateur spectator which – we hope – will broaden the audience’s perspective.

Almost a decade ago, Dr Joseph Pearson moved to Berlin from New York City where he taught in the humanities programme at Columbia University. Here, he is a lecturer in the 20th century cultural history of Central Europe at the Berlin branch of New York University as well as being a publicist. For quite a while now he has captured attention with his quirky and sharp posts on his blog »The Needle« (needleberlin.com), one of Berlin’s most popular English-language blogs.

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