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Roger Bechtel

Roger Bechtel

  • Professor of Theater, Theater & Dance

Education & Professional History

DePauw University, BA; New York University School of Law, JD; Yale University School of Drama, MFA; Cornell University, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 2012.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination.  Cranbury, NJ:    Bucknell University Press, 2007.

“Drama and Technology Since 1945.”  Oxford Handbook of American Drama.  Ed. Jeffrey Richards.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013.

"The Playwright and the Collective: Drama and Politics in British Devised Theatre." The History of Collective Creation.  Ed. Kathryn Syssoyeva. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2013.

“The Body of Trauma: Empathy, Mourning, and Media in Troika Ranch’s loopiver.”  Theatre Journal 65.1 (2013): 77-93.

Directed Switch Triptych for Big Picture Group, Portland, ME, 2011



Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Society for Theatre Research

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Theater & Dance

Roger Bechtel teaches a variety of courses including Beginning Acting, Performing Shakespeare, Theater History and Theory, Live Performance and Digital Media, and Creativity and Aesthetics.  He is active as both a theater artist and a scholar, and has directed and acted Off-Broadway and at a number of regional theaters, including Theater for a New Audience in New York, the Yale Repertory Theatre, the McCarter Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Snowmass Aspen Repertory Theater, and the Attic Theater.  He is currently the artistic director of Big Picture Group, a theater company based in Chicago that creates multimedia performances exploring contemporary culture.  Among his directorial credits for BPG are .duck, which was named one of the ten best productions of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune, and True + False, which won the critic’s choice award at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  His scholarly work includes Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination, published by Bucknell University Press in 2007; “Drama and Technology since 1945,” forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of American Drama; and a variety of other book chapters and journal articles.

Roger holds his B.A. from Depauw University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.F.A. Yale School of Drama, Ph.D. Cornell University.


Profile updated March 6, 2013

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