- Position: Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Department: Department of the Arts
- Email: email@example.com
Jillian Campana is a tenured full professor of theater at The American University in Cairo (AUC) where she also serves as the associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS). Her research and creative work look at drama and theater as tools to build community, equality, and identity. She has developed several applied theater projects across the world, including programs for persons living with brain injuries (Swedish institute Framnäs Folkhögskola), victims of sexual trafficking (Stairway in the Philippines and International Justice Project in India) and Climate Change (COP27, Sharm El Sheikh). She has written numerous plays and published articles and book chapters in Arab Stages, The Handbook for Social Work with Groups, Scene and Triquarterly among other publications. Her work has been honored by the American College Theatre Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center, The Times Higher Education, the PBS independent Lens Awards and the European Social Fund.
Campana studied extensively with renown Brazilian Theatre activist Augusto Boal, delivered a TEDx talk in Mumbai, India (where she taught in Film City and ran a theater company), and produced the film The Puzzle Club and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television documentary The Making of the Puzzle Club, which are used by hospitals worldwide to help trauma survivors. Campana’s books, Acting Successful: using performance skills in everyday life (2015), and Western Theatre in Global Contexts: directing and teaching culturally inclusive drama around the world (Routledge, 2020) are used as texts at several universities and schools and her newest book, It’s Not My Fault: five new plays on sexual harassment in Egypt was published this year with AUC Press in both English and Arabic. This year her research project, Msh Zanbik, has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education’s Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research Project of the Year for the Middle East - North Africa region.
- Art and Participatory Action Research
- Theater for Social Justice
- Leadership in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
- Trauma and the Arts
- World Theater
- Performance and Cognition
- Performance for the non-actor
- Performance Studies
- Documentary/Verbatim Theatre