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Gibson Cima

Gibson Alessandro Cima is an assistant professor of theatre history and head of the bachelor of arts in theatre studies program in Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance. His essays on South African theatre and performance, theatre from the Global South, and post-colonial theory have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and South African Theatre Journal. His current project is a book about the influence of South Africa’s anti-apartheid protest theatre on post-apartheid and global stages. As a theatre practitioner, he has devised work addressing Georgetown University’s historical role in the institution of slavery, directed the US premiere of South African playwright Juliet Jenkin’s The Boy Who Fell From the Roof, and brought his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Head of Theatre Studies
Office: Grant South 308
Phone: 815-753-8264