Nic Leonhardt is a theatre and media historian as well as a writer based in Munich. She studied Theatre Studies and Audiovisual Media, German Philology and Art History at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Mainz and received a Dr. phil. in Performance and Media Studies from the University of Mainz (2006).
Her scholarly activities are characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach and focus on global theatre, media and popular cultures at the turn of the 20th century as well on contemporary visual and urban cultures and Digital Humanities. Nic worked as a researcher, lecturer and coordinator at the University of Music Cologne (2000-2002), the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig (2006-2007), and the Cluster of Excellence “Asia & Europe in a Global Context” (Heidelberg University, 2008-2010). In 2007, she held the position of a guest lecturer (“Gastdozentin”) at the German Department of Barnard College and Columbia University, New York. From 2010 to 2015 Nic was the associate director of the international research project Global Theatre Histories (LMU Munich); from 2015 to September 2016 she was visiting professor for Inter Artes at the University of Cologne.
Since October 2016, Nic Leonhardt has been associate director of and senior researcher with the ERC project “Developing Theatre”, LMU Munich.
Nic received grants from the University of Mainz (2000), the German-American Fulbright Commission (2003), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2004; 2007), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011+2012), Thyssen Foundation (2014), and LMUexcellent (2013-). She was research and visiting fellow at the Martin Segal Center, CUNY, New York, the German Historical Institute (DHI) in Paris, the Centre for Advanced Studies of LMU, Munich, and is alumna of the LMUexcellent mentoring programme for highly qualified women in academia, LMU Munich. For February and March 2018 she has Karl Ferdindand Werner Fellowship at the German Historical Institute (DHI), Bibliohèque National de France and the UNESCO Archives in Paris.
Piktoral-Dramaturgie. Visuelle Kultur und Theater im 19. Jahrhundert (1869-1899) (2007)
Durch Blicke im Bild. Stereoskopie im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert (2016)