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Spring 2019: A Voyage of Discovery
Associate Professor

Daryl Harris

Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Daryl Harris is an Associate Professor at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) School of the Arts (SOTA) Theatre and Dance Program. A 50-year veteran of traditional, experimental, and educational theatre, he has studied and worked as a producer, writer, director, actor, costume designer, professor, and lecturer throughout North America, Europe, West Africa, Asia and Australia. In addition to teaching diverse interdisciplinary theatre courses at NKU, Dr. Harris’s work involves outreach and service-learning projects that incorporate theatre techniques: “life skills through theatre skills.” A 2010 President’s Call to Service Award, the highest award that the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation bestows, recognized his Theatre in Diversion program wherein he used theatre principles and practices to work with first time, non-violent juvenile offenders in the Kentucky System of the Courts. In 2015 and 2016 respectively, he directed and costumed productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream especially adapted for English as a Second Language students at the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA). In 2017, as a Fulbright Specialist, he continued this project (“The SIBA Initiative”) with the production of a world premiere English translation/adaptation of the traditional Buddhist saga Sanda Kinduru, one of the most highly revered Jataka Tales recounting past lives of the Buddha. He co-wrote, costumed, and played a cameo role in that production. This ongoing project embodies his primary passion: engaging scholars and communities transculturally and transnationally across disciplines.