Joel Schechter is a Professor of Theatre Arts at SF State, where he also serves as the graduate studies program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Drama. He teaches courses in theater history, dramatic literature, and popular theater. Titles of his books about political satire and circus clowning include: Durov's Pig, The Congress of Clowns, The Pickle Clowns, Satiric Impersonations, and Messiahs of 1933, Eighteenth-Century Brechtians. Previously he edited the journal, Theater, and was a member of the faculty at the Yale School of Drama, New York University and the New School for Social Research.
Professor Schechter retired Fall 2019.
Areas of special interest: Federal Theatre Project, Yiddish Theater, Popular Theater, Political Satire, Clowning, Brecht and His Precursors