Dr Theron Schmidt
Lecturer in Theatre & Liberal Arts
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2180
Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 7.14 Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6LE
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Research interests and PhD supervision
- Contemporary performance
- Interventionist art
- Live Art
- Theatre and the political
- Participation and spectatorship
Recent research has focused on the practice of artists such as Back to Back Theatre, Tim Crouch, Richard Maxwell, Rabih Mroué, Walid Raad, Rimini Protokoll, and Christoph Schlingensief. Dr Schmidt is particularly 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.
Theron is also an Assistant Editor for Contemporary Theatre Review and am on the editorial boards for Performance Research and the International Journal of Screendance.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
In addition to Dr Schmidt's formal academic research, he has written widely about live art and performance for a variety of publications, magazines, and artist books. He is 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 the Barbican catalogue for the 2011 SPILL Festival of Performance and a DVD of films by Goat Island and Lucy Cash;
- facilitating projects such as SPILL Stings and a series of symposia at the Chelsea Theatre (London);
- running Open Space events in a variety of contexts;
- facilitating critical writing workshops as part of The Resonance Project, a public forum and critical writing workshop series with ArtsHouse/Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
- Theron Schmidt, 'Acting, Disabled: Back to Back Theatre and the Politics of Appearance', in Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance, ed. by Jerome Carroll, Steve Giles and Karen Jüers-Munby (London: Methuen, forthcoming 2013)
- Theron Schmidt, 'Troublesome Professionals: On the speculative reality of theatrical labour'', Performance Research, 18.2 (2013), 15-26
- Theron Schmidt, ‘Outsider Theatre: A Journey through Back to Back’s Hell House’, Performance Research, 18.1 (2013), 139-148
- Mary Paterson and Theron Schmidt, eds, Getting It Out There: The future of touring and distribution for contemporary theatre and Live Art (Lancaster and London: Live at LICA and Live Art UK, 2013)
- Theron Schmidt, 'Christoph Schlingensief and the Bad Spectacle', Performance Research, 16.4 (2011), 27-33
For a complete list of publications, please see Theron's full research profile
Dr Schmidt creates solo and collaborative performances that have been shown in a variety of contexts, including Camden People’s Theatre; Chisenhale Dance Space; Forest Fringe at the Gate; Queen Mary, University of London; and Roehampton University. His work addresses issues of loss and presence. It explores how these states can be performed and articulated, and the idea that performance itself enacts these states. Form and content cohabitate; presence is the performance of itself; loss is compellingly inarticulate.
Solo performances include:
- Some people will do anything to keep themselves from being moved, a lecture-performance for the what_now festival, Siobhan Davies Studios
- The state of images, a lecture performance for Forest Fringe at the Gate and How Performance Thinks
- This text bears false witness, a ‘live writing’ performance interrogating issues of presence and authenticity, part of 10 Performances, supported by AHRC ‘Beyond Text’ (Roehampton University)
- Homefire, a mixed-media performance presented as part of a research sharing by performance company Curious (work-in-progress, Artsadmin)
- Conversation Pieces, a movement and text-based performance created out of traces of conversations about memory and memorialisation (Queen Mary, University of London)
- Crowd Study (Imagined Communities), a one-to-one audio performance incorporating participant recordings into subsequent audience experiences (Chisenhale Dance Space)
Dr Schmidt has also recently worked with Chris Goode & Company on Open House at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Where We Meet, a performance for domestic space for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Previous and ongoing collaborations include: Count One, a devised movement piece with Nicola Conibere (The Place, Royal Opera House Firsts); The Last Performance, an online writing project by Goat Island; Before You Go, a site-specific performance with Lucy Cash (Threshold Festival); The Jesus Guy, a devised and improvised performance with Julia Barclay/Apocryphal Theatre (Camden People’s Theatre); 1001 Nights Cast, an online collaborative writing project by Barbara Campbell; His Horses, The Big Room, and Past the Line, Between the Land, devised performances with Chris Goode (Camden People’s Theatre); and Zero Degrees and Drifting, a UK national tour with Unlimited Theatre.