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Ralf Remshardt
Interim School Director and Professor
School of Theatre + Dance/Theatre History, Performance Theory, Dramaturgy

Ralf Remshardt, professor of theatre, is a graduate of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, the Freie Universität Berlin (MA in German Literature, Theatre Studies, Media Studies), and the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received a PhD in Dramatic Art. He was born and raised in Berlin and first came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship. He previously taught theatre at Denison University in Ohio.

Dr. Remshardt is an experienced director, translator, and dramaturg whose scholarly interests range over a wide variety of topics in theatre and drama. He has lectured and delivered papers nationally and internationally at conferences in Canada, Germany, UK, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Serbia, Russia, China, Brazil, Chile, and India. His publications in both English and German have appeared in Comparative Drama, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Essays in Theatre, Theater der Zeit, Western European Stages, Victorian Studies, Monatshefte, Communications, Choice, Critical Stages, and other journals, as well as in several edited collections.

Selected publications since 2010:

Selected recent presentations:

  • "Plays in Light": Weimar Theatre and the Kammerspielfilm," Comparative Drama Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2019.
  • "Intermedial Borderlines: Performance Capture and Its (Pre)History," FIRT/IFTR Conference University of Arts, Belgrade (Serbia), July 2018.
  • "Unstable Geographies and Uncertain Epistemologies: William Kentridge's Intermedial Bastardy," FIRT/IFTR Conference Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil), July 2017.
  • “Fugitive Performance: Nikolas Stemann’s Die Schutzbefohlenen and the Medial Matrix of Refugee Theatre,” FIRT/IFTR Conference University of Stockholm (Sweden), June 2016.
  • “Viewing Brenda Laurel Through Snowden’s PRISM: Drama, Augmented Reality, and the Challenge to Democracy,” FIRT/IFTR Conference, University of Hyderabad (India), July 2015.
  • “Drama as Virtual Reality: Reading Brenda Laurel Backwards,” International Society for Intermedial Studies (ISIS) 2nd Biennial Conference, Universiteit Utrecht (Holland), April 2015.
  • "Directing Clybourne Park,” Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL, September 2014.
  • “’Daring to Play’ - The Place of Play in Brecht's Theory and Practice,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Annual Conference, Orlando, August 2013.
  • “The Fevered Dreams of Acid Monks,” FIRT/IFTR Conference, Disputació Barcelona (Spain), July 2013.
  • ““Not Life”: Mediation and Mediatization in Koltès’ Plays,” FIRT/IFTR Conference, Pontifica Universidad Catolica, Santiago (Chile), July 2012.

His book, Staging the Savage God: The Grotesque in Performance, was published in 2004 and was reissued as a paperback in 2016 by SIU Press. With Katia Arfara (Onassis Center, Athens) and Aneta Mancewicz (University of Birmingham, UK), he has co-edited a book, Intermedial Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Dr. Remshardt is working on a book manuscript about theatre and early film, supported by a UF Arts and Humanities Scholarship Grant and a research grant from the Friends of the Princeton University Library.

A documentary film, Theatre of Rice and Beans: A Retrospective Look at New York Latino Theatre, which he co-produced with Prof. Tony Mata, premiered at UF in January 2014 and was shown at TriBeCa Cinemas in New York in May 2014, at the FIRT/IFTR World Congress in Warwick (UK) in July 2014, at the Jacksonville Red Moon Theatre Festival in Jacksonville, FL, in February 2015, and at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in October 2015.

He has served as a translator and adaptor on plays such as Manfred Karge's Conquest of the South Pole (produced at the Famous Door Theatre in Chicago and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles) and Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening (produced at UF and at Tampa's Jobsite Theatre) as well as the widely praised Einstein's Dreams (winner of the ACTF Region VII Final in 1997; performed at the 2001 New York Fringe Festival and at Tampa's Jobsite Theatre in 2010).

Dr. Remshardt has been awarded a 2006-2008 University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship and a 2009 Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) grant. He currently holds a 2016-2019 Provost's University Term Professorship. He was named the College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year for 2010 and the College's Teacher/Scholar of the Year in 2012. He is past co-convener of the Intermediality Working Group at IFTR. In 2014, he was co-organizer of the symposium "Media, Politics, and Performance in the Public Sphere" at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece.

As member of the School's performance faculty, he maintains an active directing profile. Plays he has directed at UF include Spring Awakening, The Good Person of Sichuan, Fat Men in Skirts, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Visit, Big Love, The Bacchae, Waiting for Godot, The Real Thing, Electronic City, Roberto Zucco, Measure for Measure, Never the Sinner, The Golden Dragon, and Pity for the Wild. He has repeatedly received the KC/ACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for directing. In the summer of 2009, he was invited to stage Einstein's Dreams in Beijing, China. At the Hippodrome Theatre, he staged Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris in 2014.

Dr. Remshardt teaches theatre history, dramaturgy, playwriting, acting (occasionally), and seminars on special topics such as comic drama or contemporary European theatre. He is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the Center for European Studies at UF. He will serve as interim Director of the School during 2018-19.


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