AUTHORS: Nadra Assaf
Dr. Nadra Assaf holds a BS in Finance from Louisiana State University, a BA in Theater from Centenary College, Louisiana, an MFA in Dance with honors from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Doctorate of Education at Leicester University. She has been teaching English and Dance at the Lebanese American University (LAU) since 1991.
Her recent theater/dance productions include: Space-Time-Shape (2012), I Matter: An Audience Interactive Performance (2010), The Faces of EVE (2008-2009), and Majnoun Leila (2007), Life Goes On(2003) and The Quest (2004), Adaptation: Alice Revisits Wonderland(2005)
She is the Artistic Director and founder of Al-Sarab Alternative Dance School, founding member of IDO Lebanon, and a member of DBM, CORD and SDHS. She is also a Judge/Instructor on several TV programmes about performing arts.
In April 2011 she organized and implemented the first annual World Dance Day Festival in Lebanon which was hosted and sponsored by LAU. In 2012 the festival changed its name to the International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon.
She has presented many conference papers, is a published author of poetry as well as papers in conference proceedings. Some of her publications include: The Meanings of a Modern Dance: An Investigation into the Communicative Properties of a Non-Verbal Medium (2009); a chapter in Dancing Without My Body: Cultural Integration in the Middle East (2012); and an article, “I Matter”:An Interactive Exploration of Audience-Performer Connections (2012).
Her research interests include: dance as a communicative medium, women in dance, poetry and dance; and discourse analysis as applied to non-verbal mediums.