Schechner, Richard, 1934- .
Richard Schechner Papers and The
Drama Review Collection
1943-2007 (mostly 1960-2007)
This collection is stored at Firestone Library and ReCAP.
This collection is stored partially onsite (boxes 92-296, 299,
337-338; film reels 1-3) at Firestone Library and partially offsite (boxes 1-91,
297-298, 300-336) at the ReCAP facility.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare
Books and Special Collections
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
The material in this collection pertains not only to an individual, Richard
Schechner, but also to TDR, The
Drama Review, a scholarly journal concerned with the broad range of
performance in society and in the arts. Schechner, a renowned scholar, director,
writer, and educator, edited The Drama Review from
1962-1969 and again from 1986 to the present date. Particularly in the 1960s, and
again in the 1990s, both Schechner and TDR challenged
traditional, prevailing ideas about theater-what it is, how it should be presented,
and the ritual and ideals behind it. Schechner argued for thinking of “performance”
as an all-encompassing genre with “theater” as one of its sub-categories. He is
widely recognized as the founder of “performance studies” as an academic discipline.
In the process of working out what performance studies is, Schechner and his
colleagues at New York University created new ideas and new ways of thinking that
still affect today's world of performance, theater, dance, and the social sciences.
As “the journal of performance studies,” TDR did much
to shape the new discipline.