Sandra Umathum is a scholar of Theater and Performance Studies and also works as a dramaturge. From 2010 to 2012, she was a guest professor for Dramaturgy at the University of Music and Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig. From 2013 to 2018, she held a professorship for Theater Studies and Dramaturgy at the „Ernst Busch“ Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. She is the author of Kunst als Aufführungserfahrung, a book on intersubjective experiences in the visual arts (transcript 2011), and has co-edited, among other books, Disabled Theater (diaphanes 2015) and Postdramaturgien (Neofelis 2020).
Her research focuses on the theory and praxis of contemporary theater and performance, the relations between the performing and the visual arts since the 1950s, on performance & disability, performance and/as documentation, on shooting (with guns and with cameras), and on new forms of dramaturgy. In the frame of Impulse Theater Festival 2018 she curated the „Academy of the Precarious #2: Uncertain Encounters“ (studiobühne Köln). She also is the co-curator of „Dirty Debüt“, an event series in support of emerging performance artist (Sophiensaele Berlin, 2018/19; Ballhaus Ost, 2020/21).