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.

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Publications

Book Chapters
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Schmidt T, 2019, 'How Does Theatre Think Through Work?', in Bleeker M; Kear A; Kelleher J; Roms H (ed.), Thinking Through Theatre and Performance, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 158 - 170
2019
Schmidt T, 2019, 'How Does Theatre Think Through Work?', in Bleeker M; Kear A; Kelleher J; Roms H (ed.), , Bloomsbury, London, pp. 158 - 170
2019
Schmidt T, 2017, 'Is This What Democracy Looks Like? The Politics of Representation and the Representation of Politics', in Fisher T; Katsouraki E (ed.), Performing Antagonism: Theatre, Performance & Radical Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 101 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95100-0_6
2017
Schmidt T, 2016, '"When I think of him, I think of angels": Introducing JARMAN (all this maddening beauty)', in Caridad Svich: JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and Other Plays, Intellect, Bristol and Chicago, pp. 15 - 19
2016
Paterson M; Schmidt T, 2013, 'A Dialogue on Infection', in Keidan L; Wright A (ed.), The Live Art Almanac Volume 3, Oberon/Live Art Development Agency, pp. 273 - 284
2013
Schmidt T, 2013, 'Acting, Disabled: Back to Back Theatre and the Politics of Appearance', in Carroll J; Giles S; Jürs-Munby K (ed.), Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance, Bloomsbury, pp. 189 - 207
2013
Schmidt T, 2013, 'Together in the Here & Now: The Final National Review of Live Art, Glasgow', in Keidan L; Wright A (ed.), The Live Art Almanac Volume 3, Live Art Development Agency and Oberon Books, London, pp. 264 - 266
2013
Schmidt T, 2011, 'Culture Crash', in Brine D; Gantner V; Keidan L; Mitchell CJ; Mitchelson A; Pecelli MV P (ed.), The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2, Live Art Development Agency, pp. 165 - 168
2011
Schmidt T, 2011, 'After this, birdsong', in Goat Island: A Last, A Quartet -- DVD and Reading Companion, Goat Island and Lucy Cash, pp. 16 - 25
2011
Schmidt T, 2008, 'Helen Paris: Vena Amoris', in Brine D (ed.), The Live Art Almanac, Live Art Development Agency, pp. 123 - 124
2008
Conference Papers
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Schmidt T, 2013, 'The state of images', in Minors HJ (ed.), How Performance Thinks, How performance thinks, London UK, pp. 155 - 160, presented at How performance thinks, London UK, 13 April 2012 - 14 April 2012, http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/activities/item.php?updatenum=2136
2013
Conference Presentations
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Schmidt T, 2017, 'Blackout. Thinking with darkness', presented at Performing, Writing, Wellington NZ, 10 March 2017 - 19 March 2017, http://www.performingwriting.com/
2017
Schmidt T, 2017, '‘Almost limitless’ theatricality: Putting the audience to work in the Nature Theater of Oklahoma', presented at Performance Philosophy #3: How does performance philosophy act? ethos, ethics, ethnography, Prague CZ, 22 June 2017 - 25 June 2017, http://web.flu.cas.cz/ppprague2017/
2017
Schmidt T, 2016, 'What kind of work is this?', presented at Biennale of Sydney Performance Talks Series: Mini-Symposium, UNSW Sydney, 23 May 2016 - 23 May 2016, https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/events/biennale-mini-symposium/
2016
Schmidt T, 2016, 'Theatre at work: The life and times of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma', presented at Scenes of the Real, University of Sydney, 27 July 2016 - 28 July 2016, http://sydney.edu.au/arts/performance/about/events/index.shtml?id=8748
2016
Schmidt T, 2015, 'Theatricality and Spectacle: Scenes from the Future of the Image', presented at Performance Research Seminar, Goldsmiths University of London, 28 January 2015 - 28 January 2015
2015
Schmidt T, 2013, 'Some people will do anything to keep themselves from being moved', presented at Performance Studies international #19: NOW THEN: Performance and Temporality, Stanford CA, 26 June 2013 - 30 June 2013, https://psi19.stanford.edu/
2013
Schmidt T, 2012, 'Outsider Theatre: Back to Back’s Hell House', presented at Quorum, Queen Mary University of London, 31 October 2012 - 31 October 2012
2012
Schmidt T, 2012, 'Troublesome Professionals', presented at Performance Studies international #18: Performance :: Culture :: Industry, Leeds UK, 27 June 2012 - 01 July 2012, http://www.psi-web.org/past-events/case-study-3/
2012
Schmidt T, 2012, 'Acting, disabled: Back to Back Theatre and the Politics of Appearance', presented at London Theatre Seminar, 01 March 2012 - 01 March 2012, https://londontheatreseminar.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/theron-schmidt/
2012
Schmidt T; Cash L; Christopher K, 2011, 'Watching as memory – the films of Goat Island and Lucy Cash', presented at Performance Studies international #17: Camillo 2.0, Utrecht NL, 25 May 2011 - 29 May 2011, http://www.psi-web.org/past-events/psi-17-utrecht-camillo-2-0/
2011
Edited Books
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Schmidt T, 2019, Agency: A Partial History of Live Art, Intellect, Bristol and Chicago
2019
Schmidt T, (ed.), 2019, Agency: A Partial History of Live Art, Intellect, Bristol and Chicago
2019
Schmidt T; Kartsaki E, (eds.), 2015, On Repetition, Performance Research, Aberystwyth
2015
Journal articles
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Schmidt T, 2019, 'Christoph Schlingensief: Staging Chaos, Performing Politics, and Theatrical Phantasmagoria, by Anna Teresa Scheer (review)', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 35, pp. 95 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X18000702
2019
Schmidt T, 2019, 'Anna Teresa Scheer, Christoph Schlingensief: Staging Chaos, Performing Politics, and Theatrical Phantasmagoria London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 296 p. £75.00. ISBN: 978-1-350-00105-3.', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 35, pp. 192 - 192,
2019
Schmidt T, 2019, 'Anna Teresa Scheer, Christoph Schlingensief: Staging Chaos, Performing Politics, and Theatrical Phantasmagoria London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 296 p. £75.00. ISBN: 978-1-350-00105-3.', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 35, pp. 192 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X19000198
2019
Damian Martin D; Green S; Nizard C; Schmidt T; Schulman M; Solga K, 2019, 'Tactics: practical and imagined', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 24, pp. 438 - 445,
2019
Scmidt T, 2019, 'Christoph Schlingensief: Staging Chaos, Performing Politics, and Theatrical Phantasmagoria', New Theatre Quarterly, pp. 95,
2019
Damian Martin D; Green S; Nizard C; Schmidt T; Schulman M; Solga K, 2019, 'Tactics: practical and imagined', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 24, pp. 438 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2019.1615833
2019
Schmidt T, 2018, 'How we talk about the work is the work: Performing critical writing', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 37 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1464751
2018
Schmidt T, 2018, 'What’s left on the page', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 343 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1514775
2018
Schmidt T, 2018, 'How we talk about the work is the work: Performing critical writing', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 37 - 43,
2018
Schmidt T; Daddario W, 2018, 'Introduction: Crisis and the Im/possibility of Thought', Performance Philosophy, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.21476/PP.2018.41225
2018
Daddario W; Dhamankar J; Loayza M; McKenzie J; Meerzon Y; Nauha T; Schmidt T; Stojnić A, 2018, 'What is Refugee?', Performance Philosophy, vol. 4, pp. 206 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.21476/PP.2018.41198
2018
Cull Ó Maoilearca L; Gotman K; Katsouraki E; Schmidt T, 2017, 'Editorial - Performance Philosophy Vol 2(2)', Performance Philosophy, vol. 2, pp. 162 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.21476/PP.2017.22132
2017
Schmidt T, 2017, 'What Kind of Work Is This? Performance and Materialisms in the Gallery', Performance Paradigm, vol. 13, pp. 7 - 28, https://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/191
2017
Schmidt T, 2017, 'Editorial - Performance Philosophy Vol 3(1)', Performance Philosophy, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.21476/PP.2017.31169
2017
Cull Ó Maoilearca L; Schmidt T; Watt D, 2016, 'Editorial - Performance Philosophy Vol 2(1)', Performance Philosophy, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.21476/PP.2016.21121
2016
Schmidt T, 2016, 'The Illuminated Theatre: Studies on the Suffering of Images, by Joe Kelleher (review)', TDR/The Drama Review, vol. 60, pp. 158 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/DRAM_r_00603
2016
Schmidt T, 2015, '"We're People Who Do Shows": Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility', TDR-THE DRAMA REVIEW-THE JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE STUDIES, vol. 59, pp. 190 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/DRAM_r_00442
2015
Schmidt T, 2015, 'The philosopher as stage-hand', Performance Philosophy, vol. 1, pp. 106 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.21476/PP.2015.1111
2015
Kartsaki E; Schmidt T, 2015, 'Editorial : On Repetition', Performance Research, vol. 20, pp. 1 - 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2015.1095886
2015
Schmidt T, 2015, 'Some people will do anything to keep themselves from being moved', Performance Research, vol. 20, pp. 4 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2015.1095891
2015
Silverstone C, 2014, 'Christoph Schlingensief: Art without Borders', CONTEMPORARY THEATRE REVIEW, vol. 24, pp. 127 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2013.864064
2014
LePage L, 2014, 'Backpages 24.2', CONTEMPORARY THEATRE REVIEW, vol. 24, pp. 288 - 291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2014.895537
2014
Schmidt T, 2013, 'Troublesome Professionals: On the speculative reality of theatrical labour', Performance Research, vol. 18, pp. 15 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2013.807161
2013
Schmidt T, 2013, 'Outsider theatre: A journey through back to back's hell house', Performance Research, vol. 18, pp. 139 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2013.789263
2013
Schmidt T, 2012, 'Site-Specific Performance', MODERN DRAMA, vol. 55, pp. 278 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/mdr.2012.0027
2012
Schmidt T, 2012, 'The Theatre of Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players, by Sarah Gorman (review)', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 22, pp. 422 - 424, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2012.697724
2012
Schmidt T, 2011, 'Christoph Schlingensief and the Bad Spectacle', Performance Research, vol. 16, pp. 27 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2011.606047
2011
Schmidt T, 2011, 'This is happening in real time: A response to beside the a side by Graeme Miller and John Smith', Dance Theatre Journal, vol. 24, pp. 5 - 9
2011
Cash L; Schmidt T, 2011, '"Everything we do is done by invitation. That invitation comes from oneself or from another person." (John Cage)', Dance Theatre Journal, vol. 24, pp. 2 - 3, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000309145700001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2011
Schmidt T, 2010, '"We Say Sorry": Apology, the Law, and Theatricality', Law Text Culture, vol. 14, pp. 55 - 78, http://ro.uow.edu.au/ltc/vol14/iss1/5
2010
Schmidt T, 2010, 'Unsettling representation: Monuments, theatre, and relational space', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 20, pp. 283 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2010.488834
2010
Schmidt T, 2010, ''We Say Sorry': Apology, the Law and Theatricality', LAW TEXT CULTURE, vol. 14, pp. 55 - +,
2010
Schmidt T, 2009, 'Anti-messianic theatre: Confronting expectation at London's spill festival', Dance Theatre Journal, vol. 23, pp. 22 - 27
2009
Paterson M; Schmidt T, 2009, 'Critical border-crossing: Open dialogues at Performance Saga / Bone 11', Dance Theatre Journal, vol. 23, pp. 5 - 9
2009
Schmidt T, 2008, 'WE NEED TO TALK about Live Art', DANCE THEATRE JOURNAL, vol. 23, pp. 5 - 12
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, 'Response to Dancing with a Dead Man's Things', DANCE THEATRE JOURNAL, vol. 23, pp. 40 - 41
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, 'Richard Maxwell and the Paradox of Theatre', Platform, vol. 3, pp. 8 - 21, https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/documents/pdf/platform/031/maxwell.pdf
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, 'SURVIVING WORDS: WRITING ABOUT DORAN GEORGE'S THE MOURNER'S DANCE', DANCE THEATRE JOURNAL, vol. 23, pp. 35 - 39
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, 'WE NEED TO TALK about Live Art', DANCE THEATRE JOURNAL, vol. 23, pp. 5 - 12,
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, 'Response to Dancing with a Dead Man's Things', DANCE THEATRE JOURNAL, vol. 23, pp. 40 - 41,
2008
Other
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Schmidt T, 2014, The global politics of the stage: review of LIFT Festival 2014 (RealTime 122), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue122/11663
2014
Schmidt T; Paterson M, 2012, Culture Will Eat Itself: Review of Trashing Performance 2011 (RealTime 107), http://realtimearts.net/article/107/10542
2012
Schmidt T, 2009, Culture Crash: Things As They Are: Review of SPILL Festival 2009 (RealTime 91), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue91/9444
2009
Schmidt T, 2008, It's Happening (Again): Review of Allan Kaprow: 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (Re-doing), Performa 07 (RealTime 83), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue83/8870
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, Welsh Border Crossing: Review of Experimentica 07 (RealTime 83), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue83/8887
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, Gift Economy: Review of Shelia Ghelani, Covet Me, Care For Me (RealTime 84), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue84/8922
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, The Theatre of Live Art: Review of Augusto Corrieri, Quartet (RealTime 84), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue84/8924
2008
Schmidt T, 2008, Playing with the Audience: Review of Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2008 (RealTime 86), http://realtimearts.net/article/issue86/9140
2008
Reports
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Schmidt T, 2016, PSi #21 Fluid States - Australia: A report on our mobility, http://fluidstates.org/article.php?id=207
2016
Paterson M; Schmidt T, 2013, Getting It Out There: The future of touring and distribution for contemporary theatre and Live Art, Live at LICA and Live Art UK, http://www.liveartuk.org/uploads/documents/giot.pdf
2013