School of Theatre & Dance

Andrea Assaf

Andrea Assaf is Guest Faculty in the USF School of Theatre & Dance, where she teaches the "Building Bridges" Devised Theatre course, open to all majors (Fall 2014).  She is the Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., and the lead artist/curator of "THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists" Series at USF.  Andrea is a writer, performer, director and cultural organizer.  As Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., she creates and tours original theatre, and serves as the National Coordinator of the Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation (Art2Action/ Pangea World Theater).  She’s also a consultant with the Arts & Democracy Project, former Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and former Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04).  She has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in acting, both from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Andrea’s performance work ranges from interdisciplinary solo and collaborative productions, to spoken word.  Original, full-length touring productions include: Eleven Reflections on September (2011-15), Outside the Circle (2012),  Fronteras Desviadas / Deviant Borders with Mujeres en Ritual (2005-06), and Globalicities (2003).  Recent directing credits include: Speed Killed My Cousin by Carpetbag Theatre (2012-15); breaking letter(s) by Suheir Hammad (2008); Parang Sabil by Kinding Sindaw (2007).   Publications include numerous poems, articles and Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture co-authored with Pam Korza and Barbara Schaffer Bacon (Americans for the Arts, 2005).  Service:  Board of CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists), Alternate ROOTS, and International Management Committee of WPI (Women Playwrights International).  Membership:  RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers). 

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