John Schmor

Performance Theory and Practices, Devising, Aesthetics
(Department Head)
216 Villard Hall

20th Cent. Avant Garde theatre history, Postmodern theory, Devising new works, Acting Shakespeare, Presence and Resistance (acting), Meisner I and Meisner II.

“I hope my students may learn from me that learning and teaching can be co-investigative, that the study of history is both an important act of imagination and a moral responsibility to those who came before us, that true wonder needs exercise, risk, pursuit of what we may resist for fear of failure, that no good art gets made from comfort ­ but most of all I hope we can be led by fierce delight in questions.”

Research Interests:
Directing/devising new works, clown, Shakespeare, early 20th century avant garde.

Awards amd Accomplishments:
University of Oregon Ersted Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2003; Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival recognition of merit in directing; Time Out (London) nomination for Creative Material Group’s touring psycho-geographical performance Faust/Faustus (, go to “kit”)


“Between the Acts” (2012)

Adaptations for production: Shakespeare, Kafka, and Woolf

“Devising New Theatre For College Programs.” Theatre Topics 14.1 (2004)

“ReMEMBERING WILDE.” Northwest Edge: Fictions of Mass Destruction. (2003)

“The Making of Faust/Faustus ­ An Essay in Three Parts.” DVD and paper distribution with the film Faust/Faustus in Deptford, (international film festivals 2003-2002)

“Prophecy and History in the Plays of Andrei Amalrik.” TEATR 1 (2000)

“Entropy’s Desire ­ Conjuring Faust/Faustus.” Living in a Material World ­ Consuming in the War Zone. Coventry University, United Kingdom, (2000)

“Confessional Performance and Postmodernism.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism IX.1 (1994)

Recent Production Credits:
Director: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, University Theatre 2006-07; Director of student/faculty devised works: This Ship of Fools 2003; Kafka Parables 2005, upcoming Anonymous 2007; Actor: Cyrano in Cyrano, Willamette Repertory Theatre, 2006