Clemson theater professor to teach in Romania as a Fulbright scholar
CLEMSON — Clemson University assistant professor Richard St. Peter has been named a Fulbright Scholar as a visiting professor at the University of Craiova in Romania beginning this fall. Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, St. Peter will be teaching contemporary American and British theater, as well as Shakespeare performance.
Long a fan of European — and especially Romanian — theater, St. Peter will not be making his first visit to the eastern European country. He has traveled there several times and in 2014 presented at the Craiova International Shakespeare Conference — the first American ever to do so.
“What makes me most excited about this opportunity is having the ability to immerse myself in the culture of a people I have admired for a long time,” St. Peter said. “Romanian theater has played an important influence on my development as a director over the years and I am thrilled to get to spend a year in Craiova and Bucharest working with Romanian theater students and professionals.”
“I am also hoping this will be the first step towards creating an ongoing collaboration between Clemson University and the University of Craiova. I am committed to global engagement as an educator and theater practitioner and the more opportunities we can create for our students to engage with the world, the better off they will be when it comes time to leave Clemson.”
St. Peter hopes his time in Romania will blaze a trail for students in the department who want to study abroad.
“We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to go abroad as we can during their time here,” he said. “It just seems like that’s becoming more and more of a priority for universities. The world is getting smaller and smaller. And there is the opportunity for our students to see that the theater is a global marketplace. Ultimately, they’re going be able to work anywhere.”
Joining Clemson’s faculty in 2013, St. Peter is an assistant professor of theater in the performing arts department. Since 2006, he has also served as a visiting lecturer at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London, England. He has Master of Fine Arts in stage directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in fine arts from Texas Tech University.
Clemson University Department of Performing Arts
The Production Studies in Performing Arts Bachelor of Arts degree is a nationally distinctive program that prepares students for a career in many aspects of the arts. The curriculum offers separate concentrations in music, theater and audio technology. Performing arts students are based in Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a roadhouse to many nationally and internationally acclaimed dance companies, theater troupes and music ensembles of all types.
The Fulbright Program
According to the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 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.” Since its establishment in 1946, approximately 310,000 individuals have participated. The program awards roughly 8,000 grants annually, and more than 155 countries are involved in the endeavor.