UA Theatre Art Program

Adel A. Migid, Professor of Theatre Arts, Coordinator of Production Design/Technology

Dr. Migid has a M.F.A. in Theatre Arts and production design and technology from Ohio University and both a BFA and High Diploma of Dramatic Arts from The Academy of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists of New York, with more than 25 years of experience in fine and applied arts, professional art direction, production design and consulting. This includes more than 250 production designs in theatre, dance, opera, television, entertainment and visual communication advertisements. He has shown national and international design exhibitions of works at art galleries, theaters, and industrial trade shows of professional and educational organizations. Dr. Migid is a recipient of international, national and regional awards and recognitions, including an International Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for lecture and research and a Certificate of Fellowship of Carnegie Teaching Academy, Scholarship of Teaching and Assessment and Learning. He has published articles and production design works in textbooks and professional journals and has designed and published multi-media design programs and research in academic and professional design publications, including: Art by DesignThe Art of Scenography: The Universal Human Theme, and Fifty Years of Production Design and Technology at the Metropolitan Opera. He has exhibited paintings and production design works at more than 36 national and international venues, including the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City. His production design works were included in the United States’s entry to the International Prague Quadrennial of Production Design and Architecture in the Czech Republic, and in an exhibition of production design works at the Cairo Opera House. 

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James Slowiak, Professor of Theatre Arts

James Slowiak has a M.F.A. in directing from the University of California-Irvine and a B.A. in anthropology, French and dramatic arts from Macalester College. He teaches acting, directing, voice, movement, and contemporary theatre styles at The University of Akron. James Slowiak is the Co-artistic director of the internationally acclaimed New World Performance Laboratory and has directed more than 50 theatre events and conducted numerous workshops in performance ecology and creative training techniques in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  From 1983-1989, Mr. Slowiak served as assistant to Jerzy Grotowski.  Mr. Slowiak’s work has been discussed in The Drama Review, New Theatre Quarterly, and other journals, as well as in the books At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions by Thomas Richards, Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research by Lisa Wolford, and The Grotowski Sourcebook, edited by Richard Schechner and Lisa Wolford.

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Dr. Susan Speers, Professor of Theatre Arts

Dr. Speers has a Ph.D. from the University of California in Santa Barbara. She has directed, choreographed, and performed in more than 100 productions. She has trained with Tina Packer's Shakespeare & Friends in Lenox, MA. Dr. Speers has worked at the Houston Shakespeare Festival and with The Acting Company, a national classical theatre touring repertory company. She was artistic director for eight years of the Shakespeare productions at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, directing Comedy of Errors, a Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Merry Wives of Windsor, and acting in Othello. Other directing credits include Arms and the Man (Weathervane Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (E.J. Thomas Hall,Curse of the Starving Class (Brisbane, Australia), The Medea Myth, A Doll's House, Big River, and Oklahoma! She served as the Artistic Director of Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Minnesota for 11 years. She has directed several performances at E.J. Thomas Hall on the UA campus, including Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon's SHOT! and Song of Ireland.  She has also erved as the regional chair of the American College Theatre Festival ‘s Region III for four years and received a Kennedy Center ACTF award for her choreography in Media, a Noh Cycle, by Carol Sorgenfrei.