HESS RECEIVES FULBRIGHT AWARD
Richard E. Hess, the A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Drama at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and research at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya during the 2013-2014 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
The research project created by Professor Hess, The Collapsible Space Between Us: Creating Artistic Identity through Theatre-Making in Kenya, will allow him to work with actors as an acting teacher, on original devised theatre as a director, and in educating theatre-makers, actors who are story-tellers with strong identities interested in creating exciting physical theatre.
Hess is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013-2014.
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Hess first traveled to Nairobi in June of 2011 to create an original theatre piece with refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp and CCM Drama students. The Dadaab Theatre Project performed at World Refugee Day with support from the United Nations and the Great Globe Foundation.