School of Theatre & Dance

THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists Series

The THIS Bridge project, in which Art2Action, Inc engages in partnerships with various USF academic departments, student associations and community partners, received a grant -- one of only six awarded nationwide -- funded by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) "Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grant Program," a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. 

Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, Inc says she is thrilled to collaborate with USF on this important work. “Art2Action’s mission is to create, develop, produce and present new and devised theater work, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts, and progressive cultural organizing,” Assaf said. “Our project, 'THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists' presents (mostly) women artists working in multiple disciplines.  It's perfectly aligned with our dedication to supporting women artists, artists of color, cultural equity and innovation. We are tremendously excited about the positive impact this project will have, promoting dialogue across campus and in the Tampa Bay community.”

Check out this segment from WTSB-Tampa Bay

Article on THISBridge by Barbara Melendez

Story on WUSF by Bobbie O'Brien

Feature from 83 Degrees Media

Schedule of Events!

Live Comedy Show!
AUGUST 28 (Thurs), 8:30pm @ The Oval Theater, USF Marshall Center
Tickets: $5 Students/$7 Seniors/$15 General - Refreshments provided by Arab Cultural Association
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The Muslims Are Coming!
AUGUST 29 (Fri), 7:30 pm @ University Lecture Hall (ULH 101)
FREE! Film & Discussion with co-producer & star, Negin Farsad
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Veterans Community Open Mic
SEPT 7 (Sun), 6:30-9 PM @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House. FREE!

Eleven Reflections on September
SEPT 8 (Mon) & SEPT 10 (Wed), 8:00 pm @ The Barness Recital Hall, USF School of Music
Spoken Word meets Middle Eastern music in this unique, multimedia concert featuring vocalist & Daf player Aida Shahghasemi. Written & directed by Andrea Assaf.
Advance Tickets: $8/$12. Day of Performance: $10/15
To Purchase Tickets: or 813-974-2323
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6 -13 – USF Residency with Donna Mejia, transnational fusion dance artist specializing in North African & Arab dance forms mixed with Hip Hop and Electronica.  [Oct 7, 12:30 – 1:30 in Barness Music Hall – public lecture]

NOV 8 (Sat) --
12p - 2p -- Community Master Class @ USF Dance (FAD 304)

NOV 6-15
– USF Fall Dance Concert, featuring choreography by Donna Mejia @ USF Theatre 1   Tickets and information at [pre-show panel discussion November 8 at 7:30]

Amazing article by Melanie Weisen on Donna Mejia in Creative Loafing

•    DEC 3 & 5, 8pm – "Building Bridges" Students production @ USF Theatre Building, TAR 120.  Original theatre work exploring themes of gender, identity, religion, and U.S. policy in the Middle East, directed by Andrea Assaf.  Open to the public, free event

•    JAN 25-FEB 1, 2015 – Progress Theatre, led by African American Muslim Artistic Director, Cristal Chanelle Truscott, performs their newest work, The Burnin'

•    MARCH 15-22, 2015 (TBD) – Iraqi American playwright Heather Raffo visits the USF School of Music to develop her newest libretto, Fallujah, based on the true story of a U.S. Marine

•    APRL 3-12, 2015 – National Poetry Month features Tony-award winning poet and performer, Suheir Hammad, along with Slam champion Tahani Salah, and poet Amir Rabiyah


This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
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