Bryan Schmidt (MA/PhD)
Bryan’s research focuses on race, globalization, and festival culture. His work considers how tools of theatre can be used to examine sites of public performance. His dissertation considers the politics and poetics of “Transformational Festivals,” a genre of music festival that combines participant-driven theatricality, workshops on ecology and spirituality, and electronic dance music–Burning Man is probably the best example. Bryan also does research on fringe festivals and South African performance (he spent this summer in Cape Town learning Afrikaans). Bryan’s work can be seen in TDR, Theatre Journal, and Dancecult: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.