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Assistant professor of theatre arts directs show in Ukraine

October 9, 2009

Artemis Preeshl

Artemis Preeshl, assistant professor of theatre arts in the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, recently retuned from Donetsk, Ukraine, where she directed a scene from Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus,” in Russian. The piece premiered at Donetsk Russian State Repertory Theatre of the Young Spectator in June.

Preeshl was awarded this opportunity when, in January 2009, she won the international competition, Shakespeare: Four Sketches, sponsored by the International University Global Theatre Experience. She was one of four directors chosen, and the only American of a pool of 174 international applicants to participate in the international directing program.

“During the directing process which began in February, I analyzed and composed the performance of ‘Titus Andronicus,’ determined a directing strategy, established a method of work including movement qualities, Fitzmaurice Voicework and Michael Chekhov acting technique,” said Preeshl. “Once in Donetsk, I planned rehearsals, composed the artistic space of the performance, rehearsed with the actors in Russian through translators, and collaborated with the other international theater directors from France, Spain and China to create the performance.”

Preeshl’s visit to Ukraine was organized with the support of the Department of Culture of Donetsk Region Administration.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.

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