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Al Shamma

Kate Al-Shamma, Professor at Georgetown University, moved to Washington D.C. in 2018 after teaching and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. Her Ph.D. is in Theatre, and her M.A. is in Communication.

In the area of Theatre, Kate specializes in Shakespeare, Choreographic Image Theatre, and Performance of Oral History. She is a theatre director as well as an acting, voice, and movement coach. In the area of Communication, Kate has conducted extensive research in Performance Studies, Voice Science, and Rhetoric. Her expertise is in field methodologies with a particular focus on Performance Ethnography.

At Georgetown, she teaches "Public Speaking" and "Advocacy" with an emphasis on personal encounter and community building. All of Kate’s courses are designed to help students to be more “present” moment-to-moment in their lives and to become more connected to one another

She is a University Professor in the School of Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Paris-Est Créteil and works in the area of language education in connection with the performing arts. She also is a faculty member of the Paris-Créteil Graduate School of Teacher Education and a full member of the IMAGER Research Group. Her research focuses on the role of aesthetics in language learning and teaching. In her latest projects she looks at how a performative approach to language teaching through the lense of the enaction paradigm (Varela) might pave the way for a new perspective on the role of Arts Education, namely drama and theatre, in developing empathetic skills, which she suggests are a major component of transcultural competence. Doctoral theses under her supervision explore the links between the Arts and Language Education.

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He is Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, co-founded with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider. As an award-winning stage director, playwright/adapter, developer of new work, producer, festival director, educator, and published scholar, he serves as Chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Director of the Theater & Performance Studies Program. His artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway, and internationally. He has directed more than 100 productions and is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations. He is a Founding Director of Unesco's UNITWIN Global Network of Higher Education in the Performing Arts (based in Shanghai), and a partner with TCG on the creation of the Global Theatre Initiative, and he has served as Vice-President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). He is the recipient of numerous awards and major grants. In 2016 he received the prestigious President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

Actor and director, he attended workshops before taking classes at the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Strasbourg. He obtains a Bachelor's degree in performing arts in parallel with his artistic practice.
In 2012, he invented with Geoffrey Goudeau a collective of actors giving birth to Traumer and participated in the first creation: Crises, by Lars Norén. In 2015, he directed Hanokh Levin's cabaret Que d'Espoir for the 65th anniversary of Franco-Israeli diplomacy, supported by the City of Strasbourg and the DRAC Alsace. He also plays in Les Enfants d'Edward Bond with the Traumer collective, and meets the conductor Simon Rigaudeau with whom he adapts and directs Carmen de Bizet, a project supported by the City of Colmar and the Alsace Region in 2016. In 2017, he founded the company Coup de Chien and created Les Idiots de Claudine Galéa in November 2018 at La Maison des Arts de Lingolsheim with the support of the Région Grand Est. It is also in 2018 that he experiments with writing and adapts the tale La Petite Fille aux Allumettes by Andersen that he will sketch on the set. 
In 2019, he brings together a new collective of artists, the Escadrilles Poétiques, whose mission is to radiate joy in the streets. In 2020, he created Quartier 3 : Destruction Totale by Jennifer Haley, co-produced by the TAPS de Strasbourg, supported by the City of Strasbourg and the Région Grand Est.


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