THOMAS ALBRECHT'S performance art projects have explored ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. Current interests involve duration and elements of Absurdist Theatre, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. Albrecht has performed throughout the United States and internationally, notably at Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Panoply Performance Laboratory (New York), the Queens Museum (New York), Dimanche Rouge Paris, and during festivals such as the Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival, Month of Performance Art Berlin, and Performatorio IV in the Dominican Republic.
He has lectured on topics ranging from teaching pedagogy, ritual and performance, and contemporary visual practices in venues such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; School of Visual Arts, New York; Columbia University; the College Art Association, New York; and the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture in Stirling, Scotland. He served as the Menil Scholar at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, was selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and plays a leading role in ThinkTank: Integrative Teaching International, based in the United States.
He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in the Art Department, at the State University of New York at New Paltz.