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Professor Stephen Gerald served as a special consultant to the National Commission on Culture for the Republic of Ghana on behalf of the Ghana to Texas Project. During that time, he directed The Playboy Of The West Indies for the National Theatre of Ghana in Accra as part of the Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST), which was cited in two books on contemporary theatre in Africa. Also, he collaborated with Abibigromma (National Theatre Players) on DuBois, the theatre piece for actors, dancers, and musicians, which he also directed. It is permanent part of the repertory of the National Theatre Players. For six years, he served as the Artistic Associate for the ProArts Collective in Austin, Texas, where he directed numerous productions and play readings. His production of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre won two B. Iden Payne awards. He worked for three years with the Black and Latino Playwrights Festival at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in new play development of work by nationally known playwrights Velina Hasu Houston, Robert Alexander, and Gus Edwards. On the east coast, he has worked for the Double Image Theatre, La Mama Experimental Theatre Company, The American Place Theatre, the Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement Theatre in New York City’s Lower East Side and the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He has directed projects at the Long Center in Austin, Texas.
Professor Gerald's acting work can be seen in the five part series Oklahoma Passage starring Megan Mullally, Jeanette Nolan, and Whitman Mayo, and Zamzok, a film by the experimental filmmaker, Adolphus Mekas. He continues to work in independent and commercial films and on television. On stage, he performed in The Tempest as Gonzalo opposite Patrick Stewart and the Lord in Faust opposite Avery Brooks. He has acted at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City and the Villager’s Barn in New Jersey. He is the founding member and actor for Crates N Company, a touring children’s theatre company, of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Professor Gerald is a globalist theatre practitioner and scholar. He writes, directs, collaborates, teaches, and performs within the global theatre community. He was an invited guest speaker/artist at 5th Theatre Olympics In Seoul (Korea); Nihon University in Tokyo (Japan); the Pan African Historical Theatre Festival in Cape Coast (Ghana), and The University of Ghana in Legon. He regularly takes undergraduate students abroad to collaborate on special projects with faculty and students from the theatre department at Chung Ang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in association with the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival.
He was the recipient of the Presidential Medal from Nihon University and a special award from the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Ghana for teaching and directing. He was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities award to study at Yale University, and the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. He was the recipient of the John D. Murchison Fellowship in Fine Arts And the Grace Hill Milan Centennial Fellow in the Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. His writings have been published by Karnataka State University Press (India) and various publications in New York City; his lectures on acting techniques have been published in Japanese in Japan. In the US, he has served on theatre review boards for Arts International, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office (Cultural Arts Division) for the City of Austin, Texas.