American University of Beirut

Robert Myers

Robert Myers, Professor of English and Creative Writing/Director of ​CASAR​ 
PhD (Yale, 1995); BA (Eckerd College)

Robert Myers ( is a Professor of English and Creative Writing. He is co-director of AUB's Theatre Initiative, a former director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies (CASAR) and a founding member of Tahweel Ensemble Theatre. 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. He has co-translated a number of plays from Arabic with Nada Saab, including Baghdadi Bath, by Iraqi director Jawad Al Assadi (produced at LaMama in New York); The Dictator, by Lebanese playwright ‘Issam Mahfouz (published by PAJ, produced at the Between the Seas festival in New York, directed by Sahar Assaf); Rituals of Signs and Transformations, by Syrian playwright Sa’dallah Wannous (produced with a grant from the MacArthur Foundation at Babel Theatre in Beirut, directed by Sahar Assaf); and The Rape, also by Wannous (produced at Irwin Theatre in Beirut, directed by Sahar Assaf). He is currently co-editing and co-translating Sentence to Hope, a Wannous reader, for Yale University Press's Margellos World Republic of Letters and Contemporary Levantine Political Theatre, an anthology and critical edition, for Brill-Leiden. 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 The New York Times, PAJ, Theatre Research International, Middle East Critique, Folha de São Paulo and other publications. ​

Courses he has taught include:

ENGL 309B    Latin American modernisms
ENGL 306M   Literature and Science
ENGL 304      The Making of Modern American Drama
ENGL 325      Historical Theatre
ENGL 325     The Making of Modern European Drama
ENGL 251     Playwriting
ENGL 244M  Workshop in Theater Production
ENGL 215A    Modern British and Irish Theatre
ENGL 216      Modern American Theatre
ENGL 225      Modern American Fiction
CVSP 212      Modern and Contemporary World Theatre

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