The first NU Broadway guest artist for 2018-19 will be alumnus Saheem Ali ’03. He will be the focus of a seminar on Directing for the Stage on Friday, October 26 from 1:35-3:15 pm in the Ryder Theatre Lab.
Born in Kenya, Ali is one the most sought-after young directors in the U.S. He has enjoyed a successful career working on and off Broadway as well as at theatres nationwide. Last year he was the subject of a New York Times profile.
His next project is Passage by Chris Chen at NYC’s Soho Rep. 2018 projects included: Fireflies by Donja Love (Atlantic Theater, NYC), Dangerous House by Jen Silverman (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sugar in Our Wounds by Donja Love (Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC), and Tartuffe by Molière (Playmakers REP, NC). He was Associate Director of The Tempest starring Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Public Theatre/Shakespeare in Central Park, and he worked with George Wolfe (The Normal Heart) and Michael Greif (Angels in America). Other directing credits include the New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, National Black Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Signature Theatre.
Ali has said: “My undergraduate education at NU’s Theatre Department was instrumental in launching me into the professional world in New York. The combination of theoretical in-class learning, practical rehearsal and performance, and experiential co-op opportunities equipped me with the tools that I needed to enter the professional arena. I look back at my time in the Theatre Department as the essential foundation to my career as a director.”
Students who are interested in attending his open class should contact Janet Bobcean at [email protected].