Saturday, February 7, 2015

Get your dissertation (or article, or research paper, or creative writing piece) on!

Every year, the Drama Interest Group hosts  writing workshops for graduate students. These involve short sessions where graduate students and faculty gather to discuss dissertation chapters and other forms of writing in an informal setting with an eye toward developing the work.

We will be continuing the practice this year and are seeking interested participants. The workshops can happen anywhere between February and May and should involve one chapter for which you would like feedback. Please contact the faculty sponsor E.J. Westlake (, or the graduate student coordinator Lauren Eriks ( for more information.

The Drama Interest Group is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Afternoon of a Foehn and Love's Labour's Lost tickets - graduate students only

I am getting a block of tickets for the following events. Please let me know if you’d like to attend for free (graduate students only):

Compagnie Non Nova: Afternoon of a Foehn
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Skyline High School

Tell me your preference for either the 2 pm or the 5pm performance and if you are unable to do one or the other.


Royal Shakespeare Company Live in HD: Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost
By William Shakespeare
Christopher Luscombe, director
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

If I am overwhelmed with requests, I will take the first ten people to respond.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Playwriting Job Talk on 2/5 - Robert Myers

The Department of Theatre & Drama Presents a Job Talk by

Robert Myers
American University of Beirut  

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
5:00 p.m.
2439 Walgreen Drama Center
(North Campus)

Robert Myers (  is a Professor of English and Creative Writing. He is also director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies (CASAR), which he also directed from 2009 to 2011. He is a playwright and cultural historian whose areas of interest include modern and contemporary literature, theatre and arts from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Arab world. His stage plays include Atwater: Fixin’ to Die, The Lynching of Leo Frank, Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton, Painting Persia, Mesopotamia, Unmanned, which he adapted as Drone Pilots for BBC’s Radio 4, and Twilight Country, read at Theatre Row with Tonya Pinkins and Lisa Pelikan.  He co-translated Baghdadi Bath, by Iraqi director Jawad Al Assadi, with Nada Saab, produced at LaMama in New York, andThe Dictator, by ‘Issam Mahfouz, published by PAJ in 2014. He received a MacArthur grant with Silk Road Rising Theatre and Nada Saab to co-translate Rituals of Signs and Transformations, by Sa’dallah Wannous. In 2013, he produced the English-language world premiere of the play in Beirut, directed by Sahar Assaf. The translation appears in Four Plays From Syria: Sa’dallah Wannous, published by CUNY’s Segal Center. He is completing an anthology and critical edition entitled Modern and Contemporary Levantine Theatre with Nada Saab for Brill-Leiden. He has a PhD in literature from Yale, with a focus on Spanish, Portuguese, and Hispano-Arabic literatures, and is the recipient of a Franke fellowship from Yale, two Fulbright fellowships, a Mellon grant and a New York State Individual Artist’s grant. He has written on theatre and culture for The New York Times, PAJ, Theatre Research International, Middle East Critique, Folha de São Paulo  and other publications.