Richard Schechner

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Richard Schechner is a University Professor and Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His BA is from Cornell University (1956), MA from the University of Iowa (1958), and PhD from Tulane University (1962). He is founding artistic director of East Coast Artists and editor of TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies.

WHY PS @ NYU

New York is many worlds of performance all close at hand. The city is multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-everything. From what is offered gratis in the streets and parks by professionals and "just people," to what goes on in the small theaters and informal venues and clubs, and on to threatre, museums, and so on, New York is everything scholars and artists could want. NYU is famously part of and not apart from NYC. The Performance Studies Department is in the midst of it all, a few steps from the Public Theatre, a short subway ride from the burgeoning arts scenes of Brooklyn and Queens, right up against Washington Square Park with its always already multiple performative scenes. Once, I asked John Cage to define theatre for me. He replied: "Look and listen." Being where we are, Performance Studies NYU is at the epicenter of what Cage was talking about.

AREAS OF STUDY & CONCENTRATION

  • Performance Theory, Avant-garde American Performance, Theories of Directing, Intercultural Performance, Asian Performance Theory

DEGREE PRIOR TO PS @ NYU

  • Ph.D., Theatre, Tulane University
  • M.A., English, University of Iowa
  • B.A., English, Cornell University

OTHER SPECIAL TIDBITS

Schechner is developing an online flipped-classroom course, "Performance Studies: An Introduction," to be offered starting in the Spring of 2016. He will also be teaching at NYU Abu Dhabi during the Spring of 2016. 

"The Department of Performance Studies is in the midst of it all, a few steps from the Public Theatre, a short subway ride from the burgeoning arts scenes of Brooklyn and Queens, right up against Washington Square Park with its always already multiple performative scenes." - Richard Schechner