The NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) proudly present a bold new theatrical adaptation of The Aeneid, the annual mainstage student production transforms the epic Latin poem for the stage from Wednesday, November 15 to November 18.
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NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has named Joanna Settle as Associate Arts Professor of Theater in the Arts and Humanities division. Settle will join the NYUAD theater program from September 1, 2017, bringing 20 years of education experience as well as her extensive career as a theater director to the position.
NYU Abu Dhabi's theater program has taken up the task of opening new possibilities for theater in the Middle East by dissecting the global and regional roots of plays and emphasizing intercultural learning in its emerging story.
Inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, the piece was an "investigation into modern day monstrosity. It questions the role of policymaking in scientific advancement and the insatiable pursuit for immortality and security.
In theater there are rare moments when something electric happens, so that people in the audience are suddenly fully engaged — "visually, aurally, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually," as Rubén Polendo puts it. Those "whole theater" moments, as he calls them, are the goals that inspire his work.
The NYU Abu Dhabi student production of M.D. (or the whale) summoned crowds of theatergoers to Manarat Al Saadiyat earlier this month.
NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo was on the path to a career in science when he was asked to advise on a theater piece.
The Odyssey, one of Homer's best-known epics, tells the story of the Greek warrior Odysseus, who is returning home to his family after battling in the Trojan War.
“The most powerful thing Rubén transmits, is that he eliminates this fear of the impossible,” Gabriel Burgazzi Rodriguez, NYUAD Class of 2014, said as he described how Theater Mitu’s third professional production at NYUAD, A Dream Play, came to life.
Earlier this month, members of the NYUAD and local communities gathered at Abu Dhabi's Manarat al Saadiyat to witness the University's first student-led production on the very island that will soon house NYU's permanent campus in the region.
The stage is set for CHAOS. From March 2-5, against the backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, NYUAD Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo will direct Theater Mitu, his New York-based theater company, as it performs CHAOS.
NYUAD Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo will make history this March by directing the first professional theater production conceived, rehearsed, and produced in Abu Dhabi. A co-production with the NYUAD Institute, the groundbreaking show will be performed by members of Polendo's New York City-based theater company, Theater Mitu.