Dr Theron Schmidt

Lecturer
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 3218
+61 (2) 9385 6812
Room 121, Level 1, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Theron Schmidt works internationally as a writer, teacher, and performer. He has published widely on contemporary theatre and performance, participatory art practices, and politically engaged performance.  He is a founding co-convener of the international Performance Philosophy network and assistant editor of Contemporary Theatre Review.  He also makes performance as a solo and collaborative artist.

Research

My research and publication areas include contemporary theatre and performance, particularly the political and interventionist potential of theatre and performance practices, as well as using ideas from theatre and performance to read and shift our understanding of broader political questions.  I’m interested in the ways that certain problems of speech and gesture in the political realm can be considered as essentially theatrical problems – problems for theatre, but also ideas that theatricality makes problems of – such as problems of representation or of authenticity. 

Recent research has focused on the practice of artists such as Back to Back Theatre, Cassils, Tim Crouch, Richard Maxwell, Rabih Mroué, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, Rimini Protokoll, and Christoph Schlingensief. I have published articles in Contemporary Theatre Review, Law Text Culture, and Performance Research. I am an Assistant Editor for Contemporary Theatre Review and am on the editorial boards for Performance Research and the International Journal of Screendance.  I am also a co-convener of the international Performance Philosophy network and founding co-editor of the Performance Philosophy journal.

In addition to my formal academic research, I have written widely about live art and performance for a variety of publications, including magazines and artist books. I’m also interested in innovative critical writing projects that foster interaction between artists, scholars, and publics. These have included magazine and online publications in Dance Theatre Journal, RealTime, Total Theatre, and Writing from Live Art; contributing essays to festivals and artist catalogues;  facilitating critical writing projects such as SPILL Stings in London, The Resonance Project and SCRIBE in Melbourne, and a series of symposia at the Chelsea Theatre (London); and running Open Space events in a variety of contexts.    

Publications