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Fabian Lempa, M.A.


Fabian Lempa studied Theatre and Media Studies and modern German Literature at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In his master’s thesis, he dealt with the analysability of theatrical atmospheres. In the summer semester of 2012, he was a lecturer for special tasks at the Department of Theatre and Media Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University. Between December 2012 and December 2016, he has been working – as part of the project The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre – on the ethical, political, and aesthetic aspects of theatre in business organization. Other research interests include: performance analysis, theatre historiography, and the relations between atmosphere and aesthetic experience.

In addition to his academic work, Fabian Lempa has worked, since 2009, as a freelance writer for various print and TV media (including Süddeutsche Zeitung, BILD-Zeitung, Nürnberger Nachrichten, Bayerischer Rundfunk, etc.). Since 2011, he has worked as a mentor in the mentoring program of the Alumni association of the German National Academic Foundation for the thematic areas of Theatre Studies and Journalism.

  • "Staging Business – Theater in Unternehmen", Department for Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. WS 2015/16.
  • "Theatre in and for Business – Zur ästhetischen, ethischen und politischen Dimension "angewandten" Theaters in Wirtschaftsunternehmen", Department for Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. WS 2014/15.
  • "Basisseminar Historiografie: Organisationsformen des deutschen Theaters im 18. Jahrhundert", Department for Theatre and Media Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, SuSe 2012.
  • Lempa, Fabian. Applied Theatre: Rahmen und Positionen, jointly edited with Matthias Warstat, Florian Evers, Kristin Flade und Lilian Seuberling, Berlin: Theater der Zeit [Februar 2017].
  • Lempa, Fabian; Evers, Florian. Forced Participation - Seminarschauspiel in der Personalentwicklung, In: Warstat, Matthias; Evers, Florian; Flade, Kristin; Ders.; Seuberling, Lilian (Ed.). Applied Theatre: Rahmen und Positionen, Berlin: Theater der Zeit [Februar 2017].
  • Lempa, Fabian; Lewandowska, Kamila. The Aesthetics of Applied: An Interview, In: Organizational Aesthetics, Vol. 5 (2016), Iss. 2, 25-33. Online at: http://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/oa/vol5/iss2/6/. (The article is also published in Polish on the blog of the National Centre for Culture Poland (NCC). Online at: http://nck.pl/blog-kultura-sie-liczy/317159-teatr-uzytkowy-o-interwencjach-artystycznych-w-biznesie/).
  • Lempa, Fabian. Intervenierende Bewegungen. Der Walk Act in ökonomischen Kontexten, In: Warstat, Matthias; Heinicke, Julius; Kalu, Joy Kristin; Möbius, Janina; Siouzouli, Natascha. Theater als Intervention. Politiken ästhetischer Praxis. Berlin: Theater der Zeit 2015, S. 76-86.
  • Lempa, Fabian. Review of Handbuch Drama. Theorie, Analyse, Geschichte, edited by Peter W. Marx, In: rezenstfm, 2012/2. http://rezenstfm.univie.ac.at/rezens.php?action=rezension&rez_id=257.
  • Lempa, Fabian. Review of Kafkas Tiere. Fährten, Bahnen und Wege der Sprache, by Jochen Thermann, In: Germanistik, 344, Jg. 52, Heft 1/2, Tübingen: De Gruyter 2011.

Selected Presentations

  • "Theater in Unternehmen?! Eine Einführung", guest lecture in the seminar "Public Relations. Kunst als PR und Management Instrument" (led by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Biehl-Missal) at the BSP Business School Berlin, 12th October 2015.
  • "Forced Participation – Seminarschauspiel in der Personalentwicklung", presentation (together with Florian Evers) at the 2nd Annual Conference of the ERC-Project The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre (Titel: "Playing Involuntarily – Shaping Subjectivity in a Theatrical Society"), Berlin, July 3rd to 4th 2015.
  • "Theater in Unternehmen!? – Theaterbasierte Interventionen in der Personal- und Organisationsentwicklung aus theaterwissenschaftlicher Perspektive", presentation at the first conference "Führung und Organisationskultur", organized by the alumni team "Leadership and Organisational Culture" of the German National Academic Foundation. Berlin, November 14th to 16th 2014.
  • "The Red Firefighter and the Blue Fairy – Commonalities between Communist Agitprop Theatre and Organisational Theatre for Capitalist Companies", Paper presented at the annual IFTR/FIRT conference "Theatre & Stratification", University of Warwick, UK. July 28th to 1th August 2014.
  • "Beyond the Promises of Salvation: Corporate Theatre as Area of Ethical, Political and Aesthetical Negotiations", Paper presented at the annual IFTR/FIRT conference "Re-Routing Performance", Barcelona, ES. July 22th to 26th 2013.


  • Fabian Lempa, theatre studies, modern German Literature, Erlangen, Nuremberg, business organization, author, German National Academic Foundation, Journalism