Richard Schechner is a theater director, performance theorist and university professor known for being one of the founders of the academic discipline of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Schechner combines his work in anthropology with innovative approaches to performance of all kinds including ritual, drama, environmental theater, political rallies, dance, music, etc. in order to consider how performance can be understood not just as an object of study, but also as an active intellectual-artistic practice. He is the editor of "TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies." His books include "Environmental Theater," "The Future of Ritual," "Performance Theory," "Between Theater and Anthropology" and "Performance Studies: An Introduction." As of 2007, his books have been translated into 14 languages.
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