Design Essay: Modeling Identity
MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT enjoys a successful career as a set designer working for opera and theatre companies across the United States and abroad. He currently teaches scenic design and theatre studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Essays in Teaching Critical Performance Theory in Today’s Theatre Classroom, Studio, and Communities (Routledge 2020), and Text and Presentation, 2019 (McFarland 2020) demonstrate his research focus on the tension between materiality and ephemeral performances. He serves as managing editor for design at thetheatretimes.com, and is co-editor of Prompt: A Journal of Theatre Theory, Practice, and Teaching. His work can be viewed on his website: www.msportfolio.com.