Lisa Peschel is a Lecturer in Theatre in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.
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Dr Lisa Peschel is a lecturer in theatre in the the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. She has been researching theatrical performance in the Terezín/Theresienstadt ghetto since 1998. Her articles on survivor testimony and scripts written in the ghetto have appeared in forums such as Theatre Survey, Theatre Topics and Holocaust and Genocide Studies as well as Czech, German and Israeli journals. She has been invited to lecture and conduct workshops on Terezín/Theresienstadt theatre at institutions in the US and Europe including Oxford University, University College London and Dartmouth College. Her anthology of scripts that came to light during her research, Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezin/Theresienstadt Ghetto was published in 2014. A co-edited volume with Dr Patrick Duggan, Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis and Extremity was published in 2015. Awards include a Fulbright grant in the Czech Republic (2004-05), a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (2009), an Alan M. Stroock Fellowship for Advanced Research in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University (2010-11), and an EHRI fellowship at the Jewish Museum in Prague (2014).
As a co-investigator on the Performing the Jewish Archive project she co-chaired the festivals in the Czech Republic and the UK and the festival symposium in the Czech Republic. She has been the lead researcher on several performances (two versions of Prince Bettliegend, A Comedy about a Trap, two versions of Harlequin in the Ghetto, The Smoke of Home and Laugh with Us), wrote the script for Jewish Cabaret from Terezín to Helsinki, and was actively engaged in the development of two scripts by her co-investigators (A Comedy of us Jews and Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer), arranging readings and giving feedback on the scripts in development. She has also represented the project at numerous conferences and public outreach activities.