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Performance Studies

Richard Schechner

Richard Schechner
University Professor; Professor, Performance Studies


Office: 721 Broadway 6FL


Ph.D., 1962; Theatre, Tulane University
M.A., 1958; English, University of Iowa
B.A., 1956; English, Cornell University


Major Interests: comparative performance; performance theory; experimental theatre; Asian performance theories; theories and practice of stage directing

Affiliations: Editor, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. Editor, Enactments series, Seagull Books. Editor, Worlds of Performance series, Routledge. Honorary Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy; Honorary Professor, Institute of the Arts, Havana; Honorary Board Member, International Centre for Performance Studies, Morrocco; Consultant, Practice Performing Arts School, Singapore; Advisory or contributing editor: Asian Theatre Journal and the Journal of Ritual Studies.

Fellowships/Honors include: Thalia Award from the International Association of Theatre Critics, Lifetime Achievement Award from Performance Studies international, Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Odznake Honorowa: Zasluzony Dla Kultury Polskiej (Poland), Mondello Prize (Italy), and an Honorary Doctorate from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. His fellowships and research support include: Leverhulme Trust (UK), Erasmus Mundus (European Union), two Fulbrights, National Endowment of the Humanities, Guggenheim, American Institute of Indian Studies, American Council of Learned Societies, three Asian Cultural Council grants, Dartmouth College Montgomery Fellow, Princeton University Humanities and Old Dominion Fellow, Central School of Drama Fellow (UK), Florida State University Hoffman Eminent Scholar, Ball State University Emmens Visiting Professor, Art Institute of Chicago Whitney Halstead Scholar, Yale University Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology, Cornell University Andrew H. White Professor-at-Large, University of Texas-Austin C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor.  

In 2009, Schechner was the Curator of the Year of Grotowski/New York.

Books include: Public Domain, Environmental Theatre, The End of Humanism, Performance Theory, Between Theatre and Anthropology, The Future of Ritual, Performance Studies—An Introduction, and Over, Under, and Around. His books have been translated into Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, German, Slovakian, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Persian, Romanian, and Bulgarian.

Artistic work: Founding director, The Performance Group. Founding director, East Coast Artists. Producing Director, Free Southern Theater. Schechner has directed and/or conducted performance workshops in the USA, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Australia, and Europe.