Dr Sigrid Merx is an Assistant Professor Theatre Studies at Utrecht University where she teaches in the BA program Theater, Film and Television Studies and in the MA program Theatre Studies. Previously she was active as a playwright, writing coach and dramaturg. Her current research focuses on performative interventions in public space and on the concept of public space ‘as’ performance. Interested in the question how we are and can be a society nowadays, she seeks to explore theatricality and performativity in the urban public sphere in order to outline ‘a dramaturgy of engagement’. Together with Anne Karin ten Bosch she is artistic director of Stichting DRIFT/Platform-Scenography.