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Judyie Al-Bilali
jalbilali@theater.umass.edu
Assistant Professor, Performance and Theater for Social Change
B.A. University of Massachusetts- Amherst
M.F.A. University of Massachusetts- Amherst

 

For over three decades Judyie Al-Bilali has been an innovator in the fields of performing arts, arts education and applied theatre. As an actor, director and playwright she has worked off-Broadway and in regional theater nationwide. She taught at NYU's Educational Theatre Program, the MA in Applied Theatre Program at CUNY, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program. She received her BA in African American Performing Arts and her MFA in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Theatre, Judyie was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa where she created Brown Paper Studio, an applied theatre company.

Judyie is the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship in Arts and Humanities, along with grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. As an arts administrator she was the Development Director for Crossroads Theatre Company, a program officer for the New York State Council on the Arts, the Festival Coordinator for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana and Shorts Festivals and a Board Member on the Kentucky Arts Council.

For the Feeling: Love & Transformation from New York to Cape Town is a memoir about Judyie's work in South Africa, she has also written a book of haiku poetry, Halcyon Days.

 

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