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Haia Bchiri

First-year PhD Student

Biography

Haia R’nana Bchiri is a first-year PhD student with a BA in Theater Arts and Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation from Brandeis University. She has been involved in theatre on and off stage for the past 14 years, working with Black Box Studios in NJ, the Cherubs program at Northwestern, Brandeis departmental and club theatre, and more. Haia was awarded the John Edward Hill Memorial Prize and the Herbert and Sandra Fisher Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Creative Arts and is a Phi Beta Kappa junior year inductee. Her research interests include performance practices in the ancient Mediterranean, the interplay between performance and female power, and the role of theatre and historiography in the rise of patriarchal and imperialist structures. She is passionate about highlighting voices that have been largely kept out of the canon and making theatre more accessible. Recent projects include Eurydice (Director), Fefu and Her Friends (Emma/ASL consultant), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Circle Mirror Transformation (Theresa), an experimental production of Peer Gynt (Solveig/Aase) devoted to accessibility, a reading of John Proctor is the Villain (Shelby), and an original play she wrote to accompany her honors thesis on the impact of the portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship in media titled The Emassey (Playwright/Eve/Choreographer) at Brandeis University; Everybody (Assistant Director/Teaching Artist) with the Northwestern High School Institute; and Romeo and Juliet with the CYS Alumni Players.

Education

BA in Theater Arts and Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, Brandeis University