Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Playwriting Job Talk on 2/5 - Robert Myers
The Department of Theatre & Drama Presents a Job Talk by
American University of Beirut
Thursday, February 5th, 2015
2439 Walgreen Drama Center
Robert Myers (www.robert-myers.com) 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.