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Theatre professor receives Fulbright Fellowship to India

Loyola press release - July 2, 2010

For the 2010-11 academic year, Loyola University New Orleans associate professor of theatre arts Artemis Preeshl, M.F.A., will research visual literacy in performance and film in India as a Fulbright-Nehru senior researcher through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Preeshl will be stationed at the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai, India. Author Laksmi Bandamudi described Kalakshetra as the “Juilliard of India” with some of the country’s best performers emerging from the program.

As part of her work, Preeshl will conduct research for a project “Visual Literacy in Two- and Three-Dimensional Performative Presentation,” investigating traditional and contemporary Indian images.

“To research visual literacy in performance, I will investigate the relationship between two-dimensional presentations on screen and three-dimensional performances of traditional and contemporary Hindu examples on stage, in film and in digital media,” said Preeshl. “The project will culminate in an hour long multimedia presentation integrating live feed, performance and film.”

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Approximately 300,000 fellows, 114,000 from the U.S. and 186,000 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually.