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Robert Schneider

Robert Schneider has been active as a playwright, dramaturg, reviewer, translator, and occasional actor. He was instrumental in NIU's 2002 revival of Congreve's verse tragedy The Mourning Bride, the first American production since 1812.

His 2003 play The Flaubert Project premiered at NIU and was later named a semi-finalist at the National Playwright's Conference. He spent part of that summer in Albania and Greece researching ancient performance spaces.

The following year, he created a DeKalb version of Aristophanes' The Birds which was performed by NIU students at the Moscow Art Theatre School. His voyeur's view of life on the upper floors of a French apartment building, 17 Tolbiac, was staged by Patricia Ridge in 2008. In the spring of 2016 his comedy Daughters of Waterloo was directed at NIU by Stanton Davis. That summer his drama Sanctuary, North was named one of 50 finalists (from among 1,300 entries) at the National Playwrights Conference.

Bob has contributed articles, interviews and opinion pieces to Theater MagazinePlays InternationalAmerican Theatre, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times. His translation of the Rabinal Achi was published by the University of Colorado Press in 2007.

He's taught at the University of Paris, Connecticut State University, and Yale. He holds a degree in translation from the University of Paris and theatre degrees from UC Irvine and Yale Drama School.

Robert Schneider

Theatre History and Criticism
Education: DFA, Yale University
Office: Grant South 306
Phone: 815-753-8263
E-mail: rschneider@niu.edu