Robert Schneider - NIU - School of Theatre and Dance

Robert Schneider

Robert SchneiderTheatre History and Criticism
Education: DFA, Yale University
Office: Grant South 306
Phone: 815-753-8263

Robert Schneider has been active as a dramaturg, reviewer, playwright, and occasional actor. His adaptation of Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style was the English language debut of that work when it played in New Haven in 2000. He was instrumental in NIU's 2002 revival of Congreve's verse tragedy The Mourning Bride, the first American production since 1812.

In 2003 his play The Flaubert Project premiered at NIU and was later named a semi-finalist at the O'Neil 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 played at the Moscow Art Theatre School and subsequently at NIU.

His voyeur's view of life on the upper floors of a French apartment building, 17 Tolbiac, was staged by Patricia Ridge in 2008.

Bob has contributed articles, interviews and opinion pieces to Theater Magazine, Plays International, American 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.

In addition to NIU, 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.