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T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko

MA '02, PHD '08

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T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. She coedited TDR’s special issue “Caught Off-Garde: New Theatre Ensembles in NYC (mostly)” with Mariellen R. Sandford in 2010, and, with Isabel Stowell-Kaplan and Didier Morelli in 2015, a special issue of CTR entitled “Performing Products: When Acting Up Is Selling Out.” She is also an occasional dramaturge, having collaborated on productions in New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Morelia, Mexico. In fall 2012, Professor Cesare Schotzko organized the SSHRC- and Jackman Humanities Institute-supported conference The Future of Cage: Credo in celebration of the centenary of composer John Cage, which brought together an international and interdisciplinary array of scholars and artists including Allen S. Weiss and Pauline Oliveros and culminated in a new performance of Cage's 1976 Lecture on the Weather at Arraymusic. Her first book, Learning How to Fall: Art and Culture after September 11, engages the skewed relationship between 21st-century media technologies, perception, and pop culture, and her current research explores what she considers to be a trending nihilism, or #nihilism, within literal and metaphoric climate change.


New York University

PhD - Performance Studies

New York, New York


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


The Hartt School

Master of Music - Double Bass Performance

West Hartford, Connecticut


Oberlin College

Bachelor of Arts - English

Oberlin, Ohio 


Oberlin Conservatory

Bachelor of Music - Double Bass Performance

Oberlin, Ohio