Alexandra Portmann is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Her current research project “Festivals and Institutional Changes: Perspectives on Transnational Theatre Production” (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) engages with transnational theatre production, systemic changes in European theatre and cultural politics. She studied Philosophy and Theatre Studies at the University of Bern and completed further training in Cultural Management. Her dissertation “The time is out of joint – Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Region of the Former Yugoslavia” (2015) deals with the interrelation of memory culture and theatre and was awarded both the Faculty Prize of the University of Bern and the Martin Lehnert Prize of the German Shakespeare Society. She worked as a lecturer at the Institute for Media Cultures and Theatre at the University of Cologne (Germany, 2015-2017) and on a mobility fellowship at Queen Mary University of London (UK, 2017) and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany, 2018-2019). In addition to her academic work, she works as a dramaturge and project manager in theatre practice.