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hassanEgla Birmingham Hassan

Professor of Theatre

Office Location: 100AB Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1029
Email: EB-Hassan@wiu.edu

 

 

 

A native of the Republic of Panama, Egla is the Head of the M.F.A. Program in Directing. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Work from Bluffton College, Masters Degree in Communications from Christian Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Western Illinois University.

As a member of the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1982, Professor Hassan teaches courses in directing, script analysis, theatre history, Black American Drama, and theories. She has directed over sixty plays that cover a wide variety of themes, size, genre and styles. Some of these are 1776, Angels in America, The Taming of the Shrew, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide…, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Blood Wedding.

Earlier in her tenure at WIU, Egla Hassan served as the director for the Regional Touring Theatre Company and authored several scripts for that group.

Ms. Hassan has served as guest director at North Park College (Chicago), Missoula Children’s Theatre (Montana), and Opera Illinois (Peoria). She served as guest lecturer at Goshen College (Indiana) and Bluffton College (Ohio).

As part of an administrative fellowship, Egla served as the assistant to the Provost at Chicago State University during 1991-1992 academic year. That assignment gave her the opportunity to work with Chernoh Cisey (provost) in the preparation of reports for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and in the planning for the centennial celebration for that institution.

Egla has been very active with the American College Theatre Festival and serves as a responder for production in Region III and has served several times as Festival Responder for Region VI. Egla is a member of the Mid America Theatre Conference – Directing Symposium and has presented papers, lead discussions and served as Chair for that group. Because of this involvement, Egla encourages her students to attend that symposium and submit papers for presentation.

Before beginning her tenure at WIU, Egla taught Humanities courses and directed the Drama program at Hesston College, in Hesston Kansas.

As a member of the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1982, Professor Hassan teaches courses in directing, script analysis, theatre history, and theories. She has directed over sixty plays that cover a wide variety of themes, size, genre and styles. Some of these are  1776, Angels in America, Taming of the Shrew, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough, The Beauty Queen of Leenane,  and  Blood Wedding.

Prior to joining the faculty at Western Illinois, Egla taught Humanities courses and directed the drama program at Hesston College in Kansas.