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Professor of Theatre, Director, Playwright
Helen E. Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist trained in performance, techniques of collaboration, scenic design, photography, film, mask work, history of the arts, and dramaturgy. She holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from U.C. Berkeley's Director/Scholar program. Associate Professor of Theatre at Brooklyn College, where she is head of the MA Program in Theater History and Criticism, she is also Artistic Director of Global Theatre Ensemble, a Brooklyn based, international theatre company. Her research focuses on the Paris based theatre, the Théâtre du Soleil, on Theatre in the Age of Globalization, and on collaborative creation. She recently completed a chapter on the theater practices of the Théâtre du Soleil, for a book on Actor Training: An Introduction published January 2010 by Routledge. She is working on a book on Theatre in a Global Context: A History. Richardson has worked internationally as a stage director and trained with Ariane Mnouchkine of the Théâtre du Soleil, and Sotigui Kouyaté of the Peter Brook Company. She served as Artistic Director of the Stalhouderij Theatre Company, Amsterdam's English-language theater; an international ensemble of actors creating new works. Her production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was listed among the best productions of the year in 1991 by Amsterdam newspapers. The Stalhouderij's production of The Game, by Venezuelan playwright Mariella Romero, which Richardson co-directed was cited by Amsterdam's City Life, now Time Out, as the best production in the Netherlands in 1992. The Stalhouderij’s collective creation of 1492 and After, examining the “discovery” of the New World, was described by City Life as “an exciting mélange of styles”, “profound,” and “unique and compelling.” She is a founding member of Global Theatre Ensemble (formerly Tiyatroglobal) and directed a co-production with NY City College of Technology and Brooklyn College of her adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides. A review of the production can be found on-line at: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/31/11/31_11_euripides_rocks.html. She was co-curator, producer, and dramaturg of Global Theatre Ensemble’s theatre project on Eliminating Violence Against Women, commissioned by the United Nations, Fall 2008 and created collectively by the ensemble. The production was presented before UN dignitaries and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, November 2008, and also in honor of Women’s Day, March 2009. In the winter of 2010, she directed a staged reading of her play The DIsappearance, about an international group of tourists, artists, art dealers and collectors, and underworld characters who are confronted with the slippery truth behind appearances. Most recently, she workshopped her play, After Medea, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been active in creating theatre events for Occupy Wall St..

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