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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Ralf Remshardt
School of Theater + Dance

T: 273-0513

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
PO Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900

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Research Interests:

Modern European theatre (esp. Brecht); Film, theatre and new media; Dramaturgy; Playwriting, translation, adaptation; Theatre history (general).

Research Summary:

As a director, I look for challenging projects, primarily from the classical, modern and postmodern European theatre. I have directed plays by Euripides, Dürrenmatt, Beckett, Stoppard, and others. I look for ways to integrate movement, dance, and new media into my productions. As a scholar, I have been concentrating on the intersection between theatre and early film on the one hand, and on digital media and performance on the other. I also write regular performance reviews for journals and am a book reviewer for Choice.


Ph.D. in Dramatic Art, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1991.
M.A. in German Literature, Theatre Studies, and Media Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), 1985.


Recent Creative:
Einstein's Dreams (director and adapter), Beijing (China), 2009.
Electronic City (director), University of Florida, 2009.
Roberto Zucco (director), University of Florida, 2011.
Recent Presentations:
"Headful of Plays," Shift Presentation/Performance, Performance Studies International Conference, Utrecht (Holland), May 2011.
"Blue Man's Burden: 'Avatar' and the Colonization of Performance, FIRT/IFTR Conference, Munich (Germany), July 2010.
"Seductive Monsters: Attention, Attraction, Actuality, and the Resistant Theatricality of Early Film," Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, March 2010.
“Postdramatic Paradox: Falk Richter’s ‘The System’” German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference, Washington D.C., October 2009.
“Gaming Richter’s ‘System’: Paradoxes in Producing ‘Electronic City’,” FIRT/IFTR Conference, Lisbon (Portugal), July 2009.
“Performance Studies and the Problem of the Mediated Actor,” Intermediality, Theatricality, Performance, (Re)-presentation and the New Media, University of Laval (Quebec), May 2007.
“The Anxiety of Influence and the Cult of Memory: The Stage as a Site in Early Film,” Comparative Drama Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, March 2007.

Selected Works:

“Posthumanism and Digital Culture,” Mapping Intermediality, ed. Sarah Bay-Cheng, Andy Lavender, Robin Nelson. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010."Homo Homini Lupus: Theatertreffen 2010," Communications 39 (2010). “Beyond Performance Studies: Digital Performance and the Posthuman,” Culture, Language & Representation 6 (2008): 47-65.
“The Actor as Intermedialist: Remediation, Appropriation, Adaptation,” Intermediality in Theatre and Performance, ed. Freda Chapple and Chiel Kattenbelt. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 43-55.
“‘The Story and the Screen’: Alexander Black’s Picture Plays and the Pre-History of Cinema,” Princeton University Library Chronicle 65.3 (2004): 452-478.
Staging the Savage God: The Grotesque in Performance. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2004. 304 pp.


Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Grant, 2009, University of Florida.
Center for World Arts Fellowship, 2007, 2009, University of Florida.
Center for European Studies Travel Grant, 2009, University of Florida.
Center for European Studies Course Development Grant, 2007, University of Florida.
Princeton University Friends of the Library Research Grant, 2003, Princeton University.


International Educator of the Year, College of Fine Arts, UF, 2010. University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, 2006-2008.
Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Certificate of Merit for Directing, 2007.


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