stands for long-term journalistic research, which, in contrast to documentary theater, is based on primary sources and uncovers unknown facts.


portrays research utilizing a variety of formats such as performance in urban spaces, audio play, podcast, (360° live) video, installation, lecture, publication and digital intervention. Investigative theater experiments with digital tools such as (web) apps, XR, motion capture, AI and 3D sound among others while seeking interaction with the audience.

Christiane Mudra

Author, director, journalist, actress and founder of investigative theater.

Responsible for research, text and artistic direction.


steht für journalistische Langzeitrecherche, die sich im Unterschied zum dokumentarischen Theater vor allem auf Originalquellen stützt und unbekannte Fakten aufdeckt.


spielt die Rechercheergebnisse gezielt in unterschiedlichen Formaten wie Performance im Stadtraum, Hörspiel, Podcast, (360°-Live-)Video, Installation, Vortrag, Publikation und digitale Intervention aus.

Christiane Mudra
(München/ Berlin)

Autorin, Regisseurin, Journalistin, Schauspielerin und Gründerin von investigative theater.

Verantwortlich für Recherche, Text und Regie.

Christiane Mudra investigates right-wing extremism, intelligence services, surveillance, conspiracy ideologies and misogyny. She was a longtime observer of the NSU trial as well as several investigative committees, among other things.


The Holy Bitch Project has been invited to the 2023 New York City Independent Film Festival. The production Hotel Utopia on the value of passports will be presented as a co-production with Ballhaus Ost in Munich and Berlin.

In 2022, she received a three-year grant from the state capital of Munich, produced SELFIE & ICH (Selfie & I), an evening about mental illness and performance society, and brought The Holy Bitch Project to the cinema and to Berlin, to name a few things.

In 2021, she premiered The Holy Bitch Project, an interview-based performance about domestic, sexual and digital violence against women, as well as Der Schlüssel, an evening about conspiracy ideologies, disinformation and anti-Semitism. In addition, she wrote and produced two episodes for the podcast series "Terrorismus - Strategie des Schreckens” (or
“Terrorism - Strategy of Fear") by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
In 2019, she filmed interviews with witnesses and Holocaust survivors in Germany and Israel for the piece Kein Kläger.
She has worked on non-fiction books such as "Gäriger Haufen. Die AfD: Ressentiments, Regimewechsel und völkische Radikale" (A Seething Pot The AfD: Resentment, Regime Change, and Nationalistic Radicals) with Professor Hajo Funke and researched Charlottesville as well as the "Alt Right" in the US.
In 2017, she staged a new version of "yoUturn- a surveillance experiment" with Brazilian actors and activists in Brazil, in which she dealt with the Brazilian military dictatorship and the role of Volkswagen.
In 2012, she was artist in residence at the Biennale di Venezia.

"Three hours of textual abundance and textual consolidation, in exemplary and actual settings, with concrete biographies, verdicts, state careers and individual fates, three hours that show what politically relevant art can be: a mixture of social and political science research, documentation, oral history, forensics, archives, education, storytelling, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) - in situ and genius loci, community-building and communal wonder.
Mudra labels the plurality of this method as "investigative theater", which already differentiates and distinguishes itself from so-called "research theater" (turbo pascal, neue Dringlichkeit), from the Bürgerbühne (Dresden) or from the "Experten des Alltags” or “experts of everyday life" (Rimini Protokoll), while bearing its own method in its name: the exploratory, inquisitive and revealing, yet uncomfortable and enlightening investigation (lat. investigare), that has been associated with journalism."

BIRTE KLEINE-BENNE at www.artlabor.eyes2k.net, 23 July 2019

investigative theater by Christiane Mudra


Meriam Abbas, Valeria Almerighi, Emre Akal, Christina Baumer, Olaf Becker, Ursula Berlinghof, Jane Chirwa, Jamal Choukair, Charity Collin, Andrim Emini, Valentina Fago, Knud Fehlauer, Sebastian Gerasch, Gabriele Graf, Melda Hazirci, Martin Heesch, Vanessa Jeker,  Kostis Kallivretakis, Berivan Kaya, Edith Konrath, Fortunato Leccese, Stefan Lehnen, Monika Lembke, Aspásia Mariana, Márcio Medeiros, Rania Mleihi, Levy Mota, David Müller, Steffen Nowak, Murali Perumal, Corinna Ruba, Heidelore Rutz, Nina Greta Salomé, Raquel Silva dos Santos, Fabiano Verissimo, Isabella Wolf


Jara López Ballonga, Silvia Bauer, Davide Bevilaqua, Kevin Fuchs, Rainer Ludwig, Narges Kalhor, Nina Klöckner, Uli Stefan Knoll, Julia Kopa, Thilo Thomas Krigar, Leon Krenz, Manuela Müller, Yavuz Narin, Peter Pruchniewitz,  Peer Quednau, Martin Rieger, Markus Schubert, Kathrin Schäfer, Sarah Silbermann, Uli Zentner


Jenny Eyer, Daniela Gancheva, Carla Garcia, Chris Möller, Armin Peterka, Carolin Pfänder, Viviane Reifenstein, Pascale Ruppel, Sarah Schuchardt.


Supporters and cooperation partners

Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Stiftung EVZ, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Goethe Institut, DAAD, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fachstelle für Demokratie München, Petra Kelly Stiftung, Naumann-Stiftung, Reporter ohne Grenzen, NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Literatur Festival Berlin, Silent Green, ehrliche arbeit, TOTO, Visual Vitamin, VRtonung, INVR, i-camp, B.O.A. Videofilmkunst, Aparecidos Políticos, Teatro Máquina.