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Loyola University New Orleans Professor Wins Fulbright Specialist Grant

Loyola press release - July 17, 2015

Artemis Preeshl, associate professor of theatre arts and dance, returns to India to teach English and direct University of Madras' Theatre Ensemble

Artemis Preeshl, associate professor of theatre arts and dance in the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre grant to teach at the University of Madras in India this fall. The grant was awarded by the United States-India Educational Foundation.

At the University of Madras, Preeshl will teach in the Department of English and direct the University of Madras’ Curtain Call ensemble, which invites students from different institutions, backgrounds and disciplines to interact "theatrically" about aspects and issues that concern them. Preeshl plans to incorporate American theatre techniques as she coaches contemporary and classical scripts with Curtain Call and will draw on recent performances and experiences with Loyola students while in India, she said.

"Having worked with the Mass Communication and Journalism students at the University of Madras in 2011, I believe that the students will engage closely with the scripts through experiential learning by acting in roles in the plays that they are reading," Preeshl said, adding that she plans to do "mirrored stage readings" similar to those practiced in certain theatre courses at Loyola.

The trip to Madras marks Preeshl's second trip to India on a Fulbright.

In 2010, Preeshl received a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research grant at Kalakshetra Foundation that allowed her during the 2010-11 academic year to offer a series of guest lectures in acting, movement and voice at the University of Madras. Since then, the university, among other institutions in Tamil Nadu, has invited Preeshl to serve as a foreign examiner for doctoral candidates.

At Kalakshetra, known by some as the “Juilliard of India,” Preeshl choreographed and presented “Liquid Gems,” the seven-dance suite in a Bharatanatyam style, which was infused with American jazz and ballet dance styles. The Bharatanatyam style is among the most advanced and evolved dance form of all the classical Indian dance forms.

As a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher, Preeshl also wrote and directed her screenplay, Pancha Ratna (Five Gems), which won honorable mention in Best World Cinema at the DIY Film Festival in 2012.

She also received in April 2011 a South and Central Asian travel grant from the Fulbright Commission to work with Floating Cloud Theater Company and with the United States/Sri Lankan Fulbright Commission teaching voice, movement, acting and directing in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“I am delighted to return to India during my sabbatical this year. My further research on Indian culture will enhance the common curriculum course I teach at Loyola, South Asian Performing Arts, which I plan to offer again next year,” Preeshl said.

Learn More:

For more information on the Fulbright Specialist Grant, click here.

To learn about Loyola’s record number of students receiving Fulbright Awards during the 2015-2016 year, click here.

To learn more about Preeshl's recent trip to Kampala, Uganda, click here.

To learn more about Preeshl's recent trip with Loyola students to the 2015 Festival of Early Drama in Toronto, click here.

For more information about Preeshl, see her article, “Media as Mediator: Narrative in Digital and Performative Presentation” in the peer-reviewed Cross-Cultural Communications Journal and her website.