Bryan Schmidt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. He holds an MA in Theatre Studies from Florida State University. His research interests include festivals, participatory performance, critical race theory, and the creative economy. His dissertation focuses on the “transformational festival” movement, using the lens of performance to examine its connection to global eco- and ethno-tourism industries and political activism. He is also conducting a study on the history of street performance at South Africa’s National Arts Festival, focusing on its intersection with creative city discourse. His work can be seen in Theatre Journal, TDR (The Drama Review), and Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.