College of Fine Arts and Communication


Theatre (M.F.A.)

International Connections

Since its creation in 1994, the Towson University MFA Program in Theatre Arts has had a strong international component, mostly via its association with Philip Arnoult, director of the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD).

Arnoult, who serves as an adjunct professor at Towson, is widely recognized, nationally and internationally, not only for his efforts to nurture and present new theater and dance from throughout the world, but also for his commitment to long-term, international projects that put artists together to take the first steps toward collaborative projects.

He founded The Baltimore Theatre Project in 1971, and served as its director for over two decades, presenting artists from the US and abroad, working on the cutting edge of both theater and dance

Current students, alumni, and faculty in Varna, Bulgaria in the summer of 2010.
Current students, alumni, and faculty in Varna, Bulgaria in the summer of 2010.
 
Students and faculty exploring Brzezinka, the forest base of the Grotowski Institute in Poland in the summer of 2009.
Students and faculty exploring Brzezinka, the forest base of the Grotowski Institute in Poland in the summer of 2009.

 

forms. In 1990 he founded the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD), now with offices

and projects in the US (Baltimore), East Africa (Nairobi), and Russia (Moscow). He served on the original advisory board that created the Towson MFA Program in Theatre Arts.

With Arnoult and CITD's assistance, Towson graduate students and faculty have traveled and conducted research in a variety of continents, including Europe, Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. Students have recently embarked on individual research projects to Hungary, Jordan, and Russia.

In the summer of 2009, with the help of CITD, graduate students traveled to Wroclaw, Poland, to attend The World as a Place of Truth, the Year of Grotowski celebration. They also participated in a five-day workshop with the internationally renowned theatre group, Teatr ZAR. In the summer of 2010, students toured a production of Attars' Dream, by Areola Pauline, (part of the Towson University New Russian Drama Season) to theatre festivals in Bulgaria and Slovakia.

CITD was the major partner in Towson University's New Russian Drama Season (2009-2010), which culminated in a professional conference hosted by Arnoult and CITD at the university. (For more information on the season, follow the link below.)

 

Naoko Maeshiba, Director
MFA Program in Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3034 (map)

Phone: 410-704-2791
Fax: 410-704-3914
E-mail: snunns@towson.edu

 

spotlight Philip Arnoult


The MFA Program in Theatre Arts has a strong international component, mostly via its association with Philip Arnoult, director of the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD).


 

 

 

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