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Richard Schechner

2000 Recipient - Richard Schechner

Richard Schechner became known in the early 1970s for environmental theatre, as he had always been fascinated by the performances of rituals across a wide range of cultures. From the 1990s to the present, Schechner has been extremely active both in the USA and internationally as a theatre director, editor, workshop leader, lecturer, and professor. He has been an Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton, a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth, and an Andrew H. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell. In 1992 Schechner founded East Coast Artists with whom he has directed several works including his own Faust/gastronome (1993), Chekhov’sThe Three Sisters (1995), Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1999), and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (2002). He is editor of the Drama Review, and a professor of Performance Studies, a graduate program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.