Professor of Theatre at Illinois State University Dr. Kim Pereira will deliver the annual Shaw Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Pereria came to the U.S. via Bahrain in the Middle East, after a career in International Advertising. He has performed in several plays here in the U.S. as well as in his native India, with major roles in classical and contemporary plays. Among them are Shylock (The Merchant of Venice), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Iago (Othello), Francisco de Medici (The White Devil), Dr. Treves (The Elephant Man), Jerry (Betrayal), Brian (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), Dr. Prentice (What the Butler Saw), Ganesha (A Perfect Ganesh), Robespierre (Danton’s Death), and Lucky (Waiting for Godot).
His directing credits include The Trojan Women, The Taming of the Shrew, The Colored Museum, Death and the King’s Horseman, Mountain Language, Medea, Oedipus, Antigone, and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
Dr. Pereira is the author of August Wilson and the African-American Odyssey, the first full-length study of August Wilson’s plays, and has published essays on Wilson’s plays in national and international journals, including The Cambridge Companion to August Wilson. He has written essays on Shakespeare in Stagebill and Asides for The Public Theatre in New York and The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., as well as for The Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
He is the author of several plays. Hostage, a play about an American journalist and his Arab captor, was a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2013.
In 2013 delivered the keynote address at a Conference on Asian Arts and Culture in Bangkok, Thailand. He has taught courses at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok as well as at Johns Hopkins University in Nanjing, China.
In 2001, Dr. Pereira wrote, filmed, narrated, and produced a two-hour documentary on contemporary Indian theatre, which is available on DVD and VHS. His commitment to diversity led to his being awarded the Strand Diversity Award in 2003. Dr. Pereira is also the creator of a popular course at ISU on Civil Disobedience, he taught in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Illinois State University. He has reviewed films for radio, has performed dramatic readings with the Illinois State Wind and String Symphonies and the faculty Chamber Orchestra, and was a bi-weekly forum commentator for WJBC Radio.