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Samer Al-Saber

Published June 18, 2015

Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies
School of Theatre

Samer Al-Saber joined the faculty at FSU’s School of Theatre in 2015. He has taught outside the western cannon in courses such as “Cultural Representations of the Israel/Palestine Conflict” and “Performing Arabs and Others: Representations from Antiquity to the Arab Spring”. His teaching, practice, and scholarship focus on the intersection of cultural production and political conflict in the Middle East. At the School of Theatre, he teaches the “World Theatre History” series and graduate courses in history, theory, and criticism.


B.A. Theatre, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
M.F.A. Directing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ph.D. Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Research Areas

The areas of his scholarly interests include Middle Eastern culture, theatre, and performance, the modern history of East Jerusalem, Palestinian Theatre, Arab Theatre, and the performance culture in the Roman Middle East. He often draws from theories in postcolonialism, marxism, feminism, and nationalism to illuminate historical and cultural events.

He has presented his research at the annual conferences of the following organizations:
IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research)
ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research)
CATR (Canadian Association for Theatre Research)
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)
MESA (Middle East Studies Association).

Dr. Al-Saber is working on a manuscript based on his dissertation, Permission to Perform: Palestinian Theatre in Jerusalem (1967-1993).