Joy Kristin Kalu holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies and American Studies and a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. Her dissertation, The Aesthetics of Repetition, analyses theories and strategies of repetition in the visual arts, performance, and theatre of the US neo-avantgarde. Her interest in repetition continues in her current work, provisionally titled "Stagings of Therapy in Artistic and Psychological Practice", which explores reenactment and transference. This project considers theatrical processes in various forms of therapy, like psychodrama and dramatherapy, as well as applications and depictions of therapeutic methods in theatre, the visual arts, and popular culture. Her research interests include the aesthetics of applied theatre, the history of performance art, Critical Whiteness Studies, and contemporary experimental theatre in Germany and the United States. She has worked with theatre companies and museums, including the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin, The Wooster Group in New York and Kunst-Werke - Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Together with Dennis Loesch and other visual artists she initiated the ongoing kitchen and exhibition project freitagsküche berlin in 2007. Since 2014 she has been curating the off space Neue Heimat Berlin together with Stephanie Keitz and RP Kahl.