Michael Malek Najjar


Arab-American Theatre and Performance, Directing, Playwriting,
Contemporary Theatre and Performance

mnajjar@cas.uoregon.edu
209 Villard Hall

Courses:
Majors Seminar, Theatre History, Playwriting, Contemporary Arab-American Theatre.

Pedagogical Statement:
The classroom and rehearsal hall are places for intellectual growth, creative expression, and open dialogue. I am dedicated to a pedagogy that encourages students to achieve their highest potential through collaboration, exploration, and inspiration. I believe that the theatre is a necessary forum in society that transforms audiences and theatre artists alike.

Research Interests:
Contemporary Arab-American Theatre and Performance, Contemporary Theatre, Ethnic Studies, Critical Race Theory, Arab-American Studies.

Awards and Accomplishments:
U.C. Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2007-2011; UCLA Summer Research Mentorship, 2009; UCLA Center for World Languages Scholarship, 2008; President’s Award, American Druze Society, 2007; Master Teacher/Outstanding Service Award, Bend Theatre for Young People, 2003.

Publications:
Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013.

“‘There’s Nothing Funny About Your People”: Muslim American Humor in the Post 9/11 World,’” an article, in Muslims in American Popular Culture, ed. by Iraj Omidvar and Anne Rypstat Richards, Praeger, 2014.

“Re-evaluating the Syrio-American School: Gibran, Rihani and Naimy: East-West Interactions in Early Twentieth-Century Arab Literature by Aida Imangulieva,” a Book Review, Al-Jadid Magazine, vol. 16, no. 62 (2010)

“Understanding Who We Are: A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories by Alia Malek,” a Book Review, Al-Jadid Magazine,vol. 16, no. 62 (2010).

“Loving His Country Through ‘Metadrama’: Alfred Farag and the Egyptian Theater,” a Book Review, Al-Jadid Magazine, vol. 15, no. 61 (2009).

“Embracing Inbetweeness: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora by Sarah M.A. Gualtieri,” a Book Review, Al-Jadid Magazine, vol. 15, no. 61 (2009). http://aljadid.com/books/Embracinginbetweenness.html

“Nahda’s Children: Conscience of the Nation: Writers, State, and Society in Modern Egypt by Richard Jacquemond,” a Book Review, Al-Jadid Magazine, vol. 15, no. 60 (2009). http://aljadid.com/books/NahdasChildren.html

“Restaging Culture: Pacific Overtures 30 Years On,” Thompson Gale Arts & Humanities Community News, March 2005.

“The Shifting Shape of Recent Performance Art,” Thompson Gale Arts & Humanities Community News, January 2005.

“Writing from the Hyphen: Arab-American Playwrights Struggle with Identity in the Post-9/11 World,” Thompson Gale Arts & Humanities Community News, September 2004.

“Thirty-nine Years and Counting: A Look at East West Players’ ‘New Perspectives,’” Thompson Gale Arts & Humanities Community News, July 2004.

“Phoenix Ascending: Seattle’s ACT Theater Rises from the Ashes,” Thompson Gale Arts & Humanities Community News, May 2004.

“Laurence Olivier,” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

“Community Theater,” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

“Death of a Salesman,” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

“The Glass Menagerie,” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.

Selected Production Credits:
Director/Writer: Talib, Silk Road Theatre Project, Chicago, 2010; Writer: Farewell Beloved, Royal Jordanian Film Commission Screenwriters’ Lab, Jordan, 2010; Hamlet, Bend Theatre for Young People, Oregon, 2007; The Love of the Nightingale, Portland Community College Theatre Arts, 2007; Urinetown, Portland Community College Theatre Arts, 2006; Precious Stones, Silk Road Theatre Project, 2003; Lysistrata, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, 2003.