Richard Schechner is a legendary downtown theater artist, currently on faculty at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he was one of the founders of the Performance Studies department. In 1967 Schechner founded New York's The Performance Group, now The Wooster Group, an influential experimental theater company. He currently edits The Drama Review, and has directed and/or conducted performance workshops in the USA, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Australia, and Europe.
In October 2013, Schechner participated in a roundtable discussion at FringeArts in Philadelphia, produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, along with Patricia Lent (Merce Cunningham Trust) and Sharon Hayes (visual artist), moderated by Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley). That same weekend Lucinda Childs re-presented a half-dozen of her early dance works, with Center funding; the group met to discuss reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment across artistic fields.