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.

Dr. Amer Didi

Amer el didi

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.

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.

Elizabeth “Ann” Cadaret

Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre, Scenic Designer and Technical Director

MFA in Scenic Design, Pennsylvania State University, USA

A native of Miami, Florida, Ann Cadaret’s design work has been seen at such venues as The Kravis Center for The Performing Arts, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Florida International University, A.W. Dreyfoos School of Arts, Riverside Theatre, Burt Reynolds Institute, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Gold Coast Opera, Kravis Center ArtsCamp, Delray Beach Playhouse, Lake Worth Playhouse, and Palm Beach Community College. She has 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 10 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. Dr. Hooper 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.

Isabela Tavares de Melo

Assistant Professor

MFA in 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.