Klaus van den Berg is a historian of performance and culture, professional dramaturg, urban scenographer, and creative consultant with over twenty years of experience as faculty member in the US and as dramaturg and director in the US and Europe. He was educated both in Germany, where he studied music, theatre, and journalism at the Freie Universität Berlin, and in the United States, where he received his MA and PhD degrees in Theatre Studies from Indiana University.
HIs goal is to contribute to the future of the arts in Greater Atlanta by facilitating collaboration between diverse stakeholders and fostering public and private partnerships to develop new models of artistic endeavor that revitalize the place of the arts and cultural organizations in the contemporary urban environment.
His current work focuses on the transformation of industrial sites into landscape parks, the dramatic potential of urban sites for contemporary performance, and the role of architecture and public space in shaping historical memory. He is writing on European and American cities, museums, and performance spaces designed by Gropius, Foster, Pelli, Mendelsohn, Koolhaas, Libeskind, and Nouvel.
Besides teaching all periods and cultures of world theatre history as well as contemporary performance practices, he has developed interdisciplinary service-learning courses on performance and public spaces. In these, students have reimagined the place of the arts and culture in the contemporary city by envisioning plans for revitalizing old squares and industrial sites or creating new arts centers and spaces in airports and landscape parks.
As dramaturg, Klaus has specialized in translations and stage adaptations, including the US premieres of Tabori’s “My Mother’s Courage,” “Mein Kampf,” and “The Brecht File.” His most recent work, a translation and adaptation of Schiller’s eighteenth-century classic, The Robbers, was produced professionally at the Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota.