Colombians Receive Classical Directing Scholarships 2022

Former student Kareem Fahmy ’07 and adjunct assistant professor Manoel Felciano were part of a four-member cohort for the 2022 Classic Conducting Fellowship, a Karen and Stuart Tanz Fellowship program at The Old Globe in San Diego, California.

The Classical Directing Fellowship is a series of workshops centered on Shakespearean directing led by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, a leading Shakespearean playwright. The series focuses on how Shakespeare’s language is put together and how it functions in the imaginations and voices of American actors.

Fahmy told us, “As a color director, access to classics directing opportunities can be hard to come by. My training at Columbia was heavily canon-focused, but in my professional life I had to turn to a new job because that’s where I found work. At this inflection point in the theater industry where we are re-examining the ways in which some artists have been excluded, being a Classical Directing Fellow at The Old Globe was a beacon of hope. I left this fellowship feeling empowered and in community with my fellow directors trying to bring their needed insights to Shakespeare.

For Felciano, the scholarship had lasted two years in anticipation. “I originally received the Old Globe Classical Directing Scholarship in 2020 and then it was delayed for two years due to Covid. So it was very special to be part of it after this long wait. It was a tremendous honor and pleasure to spend a week with my cohort learning from famed Shakespearean scholar and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein how to dig up this incredible language and bring it to life for today’s theater.

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born, New York-based director, playwright and screenwriter. He was named a “Rising Leader of Color” by TCG and has received numerous accolades including: the Janet Sloane Residency at Yaddo, a Sundance Theater Lab Fellowship, a Phil Killian Directing Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a National Directors Fellowship. Kareem is currently a member of the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program and is a commissioned playwright at Artists Repertory Theatre, Colt Coeur and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is co-founder and president of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab and creator of the BIPOC Director database.

Manoel Felciano is an actor and educator. He recently starred Off-Broadway in the alchemist and on Broadway as Prosecutor Horace Gilmer in Aaron Sorkin Kill a mockingbirdfollowing his Off-Broadway work in The secret life of bees at the Atlantic Theatre, directed by Sam Gold, and Lynn Nottage’s Besides, Meet Vera Stark at the Signature Theatre. Other Broadway appearances include Sweeney Todd (nominated for the Tony Awards), Amelie, Disaster!, brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstarand Cabaretand he appeared Off-Broadway in The changing (Red Bull Theatre), Junk (Atlantic Theater Company), stunned stoneand A lot of noise for nothing (New York Shakespeare Festival).

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