After studying anthropology from 1990 to 2000 Sigrid Gareis built up the departments of performing arts and international cultural work at Siemens Arts Program in Munich. She was co-founder of dance and theater festivals in Moscow, Munich, Nuremberg and Greifswald. From 2000 to 2009 she was founding director of Tanzquartier Wien and from 2011 to 2014 founding director of Academy of the Art of the World in Cologne. As curator and dramaturge she works for venues such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Wiener Festwochen, PACT Zollverein or Philharmonie Köln. She is teaching and lecturing on curating contemporary dance and theatre at various European Universites and Highschools. She is member of numerous juries (e.g., expert for the Culture Programme of the European Commission, Hauptstadtkulturfond, Allianz Kulturstiftung, NRW Kunststiftung).Various book publications. .