American University of Beirut

Robert Myers, Director of CASAR and Professor of English

​​​​Robert Myers is a Professor of English and Creative Writing and co-director of AUB's Theatre Initiative. He is a playwright and cultural historian whose areas of interest include modern and contemporary literature, theatre and arts from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Arab world. His stage plays include Atwater: Fixin’ to Die, The Lynching of Leo Frank, Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton, Painting Persia, Mesopotamia, Unmanned, which he adapted as Drone Pilots for BBC’s Radio 4, and Twilight Country, which was a headline event at the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, where it featured the acclaimed actress Kathleen Chalfant. His most recent play, Shadid: 1000 Strange Places, about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid, is scheduled for production in 2021 at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center where it will be co-produced by CASAR and the Council for Middle East Studies at Yale. He has translated seven plays from Arabic with Nada Saab and produced over half a dozen plays with AUB’s Theater Initiative, all of which were directed by Sahar Assaf. He and Nada Saab translated and edited Sentence to Hope​, a Wannous reader, for Yale University Press's Margellos World Republic of Letters and Modern and Contemporary Political Theater from the Levant​, an anthology of plays with critical studies, for Brill-Leiden. On Wannous, a collection of essays by renowned scholars in various fields on Sa’dallah Wannous, which he co-edited with Sonja Mejcher-Atassi, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He is currently editing Latin America, al-Andalus and the Arab World: Essays on Cultural Transmission and Artistic Reimaginings, based on a conference held by CASAR in 2018, is forthcoming from AUB Press. He has a PhD in literature from Yale, with a focus on Spanish, Portuguese, and Hispano-Arabic literatures, and is the recipient of a Franke fellowship from Yale, two Fulbright fellowships, a Mellon grant and a New York State Individual Artist’s grant. He has written on theatre and culture for Comparative Literature, PAJ, Theatre Research International, Middle East Critique, The New York Times, Folha de São Paulo and other publications.​


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