American University of Sharjah

Performing Arts Program

Department of Performing Arts

Anthony Tassa


Professor and Performing Arts Coordinator

Master of Fine Arts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

As a professional actor/director, Anthony Tassa has worked with numerous US theatre companies. He has worked and/or studied with Julie Harris, Billie Whitelaw, Bill Esper, Ron Van Lieu, John Ammerman and the theatre troupe Diablomundo, among others. He continues to teach acting and directing, and has taught stage combat and movement. As a playwright, he has had four plays and one screenplay fully produced. Most recently, Sunflower Fortress received a professional stage reading in Florida, during Spring 2011.

Amer Didi

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Assistant Professor

PhD in Music and Musicology, Paris-Sorbonne University, France

Amer Didi has taught in Western and Arabic music at the Lebanese University,
Antonine University and the LNHC-Beirut. His areas of research and teaching
interest include Arabic musical instruments, and Arabic, Western and World
music. He is founder and director of the Music School of the Antonine
Fathers in Zahle, president of the Curriculum Committee of Music Education
at the UAE Ministry of Education, and founder and director of the AUS Arabic
Music Ensemble. An expert in Medieval Arab music manuscripts, he is a member
of the Historical Studies Committee of the Arab Academy (Arab League) and
the IReMus-France.

Angelina Lynne

Angelina Davey

Visiting Instructor

Master of Music in Voice Performance, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Angelina Lynne is a versatile singer and musician. Her performance experience includes recital, opera, musical theater, jazz and Early Music ensembles. Her areas of interest and research are in Art Song, specifically Spanish repertoire. She has taught music in Egypt, Belgium, New Zealand, the UAE and Canada, and is a member of the International Society for Music Education.

Catherine Moran

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Assistant Professor

Master of Fine Arts in Design/Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth/Teacher Training, University of Texas in Austin, USA

Catherine Moran specializes in costume and makeup design. She has college and high school teaching, designing and directing experience, as well as freelance design credits in education and film. Moran has lived and worked in Australia, Saudi Arabia, London, Belize, Greece and the US.

Ted Rhyner

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Assistant Professor

Master of Fine Arts in Production Design, Michigan State University, USA

Ted Rhyner brings more than 25 years of theatre experience to American University of Sharjah. He has worked in most technical areas of theatre, including technical direction and production management, with an emphasis in lighting design. His design credits include productions at the Michigan State University, the BoarsHead Theatre and Williamston Theatre in Michigan; St. Norbert College and The Dance Company in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Bristol Valley Theatre in New York; as well as assistant lighting design work at The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.

Dr. Sherri Weiler

Dr Sherri Moore Weiler

Associate Professor

DM in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy, Florida State University, USA

Sherri Weiler has taught vocal music for over 25 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Florida A&M University, Shorter College and Florida State University. Since 2008 she has served as a member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed Journal of Singing, which has a bimonthly world-wide distribution of over 25,000 copies. Dr. Weiler has published several articles on the songs of Berlioz and Wagner, the Commedia dell’arte, and Turkish and Russian vocal music. The mezzo-soprano coached Russian language and song literature for 12 years with Moscow Conservatory piano professor Svetlana Velichko; the two released a CD of 19th-century Russian songs in 2001, Russia: Golden Century of Song.

Ms. Elizabeth “Ann” Cadaret

Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre, Scenic Designer and Technical Director

M.F.A. Scenic Design, Pennsylvania State University, USA

A native of Miami, Florida, Ann’s design work has been seen throughout South Florida at such venues as The Kravis Center for The Performing Arts, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Florida International University, The A. W. Dreyfoos School of Arts, Riverside Theatre, Burt Reynolds Institute, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Gold Coast Opera, Kravis Center ArtsCamp, The Delray Beach Playhouse, The Lake Worth Playhouse, and Palm Beach Community College. In addition to her freelance work, before coming to AUS, she taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Dreyfoos School of Arts, and began and developed the theatre program for Bak Middle School of Arts. She is an active member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and is a member of United Scenic Artists, local 829.

Dr. Terrell Hooper

Visiting Assistant Professor

DMA in Music Education, University of Georgia, USA

Terrell Hooper has taught music for more than ten years at the primary, secondary and university levels in the United States and Seoul, South Korea. Teaching at the university level has included choral conducting, piano, and supervising pre-service music education majors. Research interests include music practice, music literacy, and choral music education. Terrell has presented his research in the United States, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Teaching recognition includes such honors as the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and induction into the Future Faculty Program at the University of Georgia.

Ms. Isabela Tavares de Melo

Assistant Professor

Master of Fine Arts Theatre Arts/Costume Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Isabela Tavares de Melo is a costume designer and illustrator. Her research interests include costume and fashion design, dress and textile history, theatre history and stage design processes. She has previously taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, and designed costumes for theatre, dance, and film in the US and Brazil. She has also collaborated in Broadway productions such as “Lucky Guy” and “Amazing Grace”, in US television series “Turn” and “Mercy Street”, and in feature films “Macbeth: Unhinged”, presented at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016, and “Loving”, nominated for several film awards and winner of the 2017 Critic’s Choice Award for best Motion Picture.