Dr. Terry J. Converse   
Specialization: Theatre Directing, Teaching
Home institution in US: Washington State University, Pullman
Host Institution in India: Lokadharmi, Kochi, Kerala  
Start date/Month in India: July 2012
Duration of grant: 6 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Terry Converse holds an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in theatre arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. Specializing in the teaching of directing, he is the author of Directing For The Stage: A Workshop Guide Of Creative Exercises And Projects (Meriwether 1995); this text is the only exercise-driven training guide on the market, providing a progressive series of practical, challenging and eye-opening exercises. He is currently writing another book, tentatively titled, Teaching Acting and Directing Together: Performance Projects for Actors and Directors. Since 1991, Dr. Converse has been teaching all levels of theatre directing and various other courses, such as script analysis and contemporary world theatre, at Washington State University. In several of these courses Dr. Converse has created innovative internet-based programs to supplement and further intensify the interactive learning process.

His current research centers on creating innovative mask characterization exercises for actors and directors. Part of Dr. Converse’s Fulbright focus will be to further develop and expand upon the various mask characterization techniques he been devising in his advanced directing and acting classes. Dr. Converse believes that more than any other approach, mask work helps to jump-start and sustain the stylistic imagination of actors and directors.

As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Converse will bring his expertise in exploring cross-cultural themes in contemporary world theatre to an institution of higher learning in India. He will teach contemporary world theatre and directing along with possibly directing a play dealing with cross- cultural themes and conducting a series of mask workshops culminating in a masked-based production that he would direct at Lokadharmi Theatre in Kochi.