After working for film and television, Melanie Zimmermann studied Cultural Studies and Dance in Frankfurt on the Oder and in Paris. She was Press and Public Relations Assistant for the Forsythe Company and studied dramaturgy with Hans-Thies Lehmann in Frankfurt on the Main and in Brussels; in 2010, she was on a danceWEB scholarship. Then she began working as a freelance dance and theatre dramaturge, e.g. for Wanda Golonka, Peeping Tom, Sebastian Matthias, Laurent Chétouane and was project manager of the MAMAZA collective. Since 2010, she works as dance dramaturge and curator at Kampnagel.