June 30th marked my last day as Associate Professor of Theatre at The American University in Cairo. My time there was well spent.
I directed three main stage productions in four years, and in each we took on something that had never been done at AUC: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest had a full understudy company, A Midsummer Night's Dream was the most highly attended English-speaking production the university had ever produced, and Little Shop of Horrors was the first musical done on the New Cairo campus.
In addition to MainStage productions i directed one student generated production of Oleanna as well as evangelized and supported many other student-generated works.
More importantly, in a country that has little time or money and even less encouragement for the arts, former students are currently completing or beginnig further training in nationally recognized programs in the United States such as the MFA Theatre program at Tisch, the T Schreiber Studio, the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston, and Second City in Chicago. Others are targeting London and careers and continued study in the U.K. Others are successfully working in the Middle East in the film and theatre industry including two students who were selected to work with Kevin Spacey on the Home Grown Middle East project in conjunction with the Middle East Theatre Academy and the Kevin Spacey Foundation.
I am incredibly blessed to have met, gotten to know, and work closely with amazing young people that are pursuing extraordinary lives and dreams both in and outside of the arts across the globe. I am very grateful to them all.
I am equally fortunate to be beginning work with a new group of young people and colleagues at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. There I will be serving as Associate Professor of Theatre. My first production in the spring of 2016 will be Is He Dead? a farce by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives. I hope you can attend!