Ralf Remshardt is Professor Emeritus of Theatre. He was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He first came to the U.S. as recipient of a Fulbright grant. Dr. Remshardt is an experienced scholar, director, translator, and dramaturg.
His areas of expertise and research are:
He has lectured and delivered papers nationally and internationally at conferences in Canada, Germany, UK, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Serbia, Russia, China, Brazil, Chile, India, and Ghana. His publications in both English and German have appeared in Comparative Drama, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Essays in Theatre, Theater der Zeit, Western European Stages, Victorian Studies, Monatshefte, Communications, Choice, Critical Stages, and other journals, as well as in several edited collections. He recently edited a special issue on performance and translation for Delos (35.1 Spring 2020). He is on the advisory board for the Bloomsbury Methuen series Critical Shorts in Performance and Post-Internet Cultures.
Articles and chapters:
Recent conference presentations:
His book, Staging the Savage God: The Grotesque in Performance, was published in 2004 and was reissued as a paperback in 2016 by SIU Press. With Katia Arfara (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Aneta Mancewicz (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), he has co-edited Intermedial Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere, (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), and with Aneta Mancewicz, he co-edited The Routledge Companion to Contemporary European Theatre and Performance (Routledge 2023).
A documentary film, Theatre of Rice and Beans: A Retrospective Look at New York Latino Theatre, which he co-produced with Prof. Tony Mata, premiered at UF in January 2014 and was shown at TriBeCa Cinemas in New York in May 2014, at the FIRT/IFTR World Congress in Warwick (UK) in July 2014, at the Jacksonville Red Moon Theatre Festival in Jacksonville, FL, in February 2015, and at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in October 2015. It has been shown at the United Latino Film Festival (Cleveland) and the Seattle Film Festival.
He has served as a translator and adaptor on plays such as Manfred Karge's Conquest of the South Pole (produced at the Famous Door Theatre in Chicago and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles) and Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening (produced at UF and at Tampa's Jobsite Theatre) as well as the widely praised Einstein's Dreams (winner of the ACTF Region VII Final in 1997; performed at the 2001 New York Fringe Festival and at Tampa's Jobsite Theatre in 2010).
Dr. Remshardt has been awarded a Fulbright Grant, a Humanities Dissertation Year Fellowship, a UC Regents Fellowship, a Princeton University Friends of the Library Grant, a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, a Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Grant, a Center for World Arts fellowship, a Provost's University Term Professorship, and multiple Scholarship Enhancement Grants. He was named the College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year and the College's Teacher/Scholar of the Year. He is past Focus Group Chair of the International Brecht Society at ATHE and co-convener of the Intermediality Working Group at IFTR. In 2014, he was co-organizer of the symposium "Media, Politics, and Performance in the Public Sphere" at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece.
As member of the School's performance faculty, he maintained an active directing practice. Productions he has directed at UF include Spring Awakening, The Good Person of Sichuan, Fat Men in Skirts, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Visit, Big Love, The Bacchae, Waiting for Godot, The Real Thing, Electronic City, Roberto Zucco, Measure for Measure, Never the Sinner, The Golden Dragon, and Pity for the Wild. In the summer of 2009, he was invited to stage Einstein's Dreams in Beijing, China. At the Weathervane Playhouse (Ohio) he directed The Woman in Black and at the Hippodrome Theatre, he staged Clybourne Park, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Fahrenheit 451. He has repeatedly received the KC/ACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for directing.
Dr. Remshardt directed the graduate program in performance for several years and taught theatre history, dramaturgy, playwriting, acting (occasionally), and seminars on special topics such as comic drama or contemporary European theatre. He was also an Affiliate Faculty member in the Center for European Studies at UF and led multiple study trips to Berlin and London. He served as interim Director of the School in 2012 and 2018-19. He now lives in Gainesville and Wiesbaden, Germany.