Richard Schechner is editor of TDR, author, a theatre director, and University Professor Emeritus, Performance Studies, NYU. His books include Environmental Theater, Performance Theory,Between Theater and Anthropology,The End of Humanism,The Future of Ritual, Performed Imaginaries, and Performance Studies: An Introduction.His bookshave been translated into 19 languages.
In the 1960s, he was a producing director of the Free Southern Theater and in 1967founded The Performance Group which later became The Wooster Group.In the 1990s, he founded East Coast Artists and is currently its co-artistic director. His theatre productions include Dionysus in 69 (after Euripides’ The Bacchae), Sam Shephard’s The Tooth of Crime, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Cherry ka Bagicha (The Cherry Orchard), Shakespeare’s Hamlet(in English and in Mandarin), and the group-devised Imagining O.
He has directed theatre, led workshops, taught, and lectured in every continent except Antarctica. He has been awarded numerous fellowships, awards, and honors, including three honorary doctorates.