Area of Expertise: Directing, arts administration, arts in education, international arts exchanges
Additional Information: Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, professor of theatre in the Department of Performing Arts and in the University College and University Honors Program, has directed more than 130 productions (including musicals, serious drama, classics, children’s theatre, and cabaret performances) and more than 60 special events in venues across the United States and in Europe. She has received several awards for her college directing, including awards from the American College Theatre Festival. She has served as the vice president for professional development for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education since 2007, and as the past president of Theatre as a Liberal Art. She has worked as a consultant for multiple arts organizations, and serves as the principal investigator researching the impact of the use of arts-based teaching/learning for an evidence-based model entitled Imagination Quest (IQ).
Mardirosian's articles include "Arts-Based Teaching: A Pedagogy of Imagination and a Conduit to a Socially Just Education” (Current Issues in Education, fall 2009); "Teaching to Reach All Children" (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2009); "Transforming the Classroom Teacher into a Teaching Artist" (Teaching Artist Journal, summer 2007 ); and "The Quest to Captivate Hearts and Minds in the Classroom: Teaching to Reach All Children.” Mardirosian is working on a book titled Exceptional Teaching, Exceptional Learning: Using the Arts Across the Curriculum, K-16. She recently completed a chapter entitled "Giving Voice to the Silenced through Theatre" featured in the book The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations and Traces of the Holocaust. The chapter delineates an ongoing project that she developed in Prague, at the Nazi transit/forced labor camp of Terezin, implemented at American University and the University of New Hampshire. The project is ongoing with sponsorship during the upcoming year by the Florida Holocaust Museum. Other international collaborations include Project ARTS (American Russian Theatre Symposia in Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg, Russia); a Fulbright appointment at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic; and guest lectures/master classes at the European Cultural Centre (Delphi, Greece), Charles University (Prague), New York University (Prague), and the University of Goteborg (Sweden). She has hosted artists and professors from China, Korea, Norway, and Serbia. During the 2011–2012 academic year, she will continue to focus on AU's cultural exchanges in theatre collaborating with the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy both in the U.S. and in Russia, working with the Center for Global piece on a A BALKAN SAMPLER, with readings from five different Balkan plays, and presenting at a Fulbright conference in NYC entitled “Academic Exchanges and Research Success—20 Years of Fulbright Between the USA and the Czech Republic.”