WILLIAMSTOWN — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees has voted to promote Omar Sangare, assistant professor of theater, to the position of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1.
Sangare holds many film, radio, television and theatrical credits. For his one-man drama, “True Theater Critic,” he was voted Best in Acting by the New York International Fringe Festival and received a Best Performance Award at the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
His performance of the title role in “Othello” at the Arena Players Repertory theater was critically acclaimed. His recently published work includes two books of poetry and three collections of best-selling short stories.
He is a founder and artistic director of the United Solo, the world’s largest solo theater festival based at theater ROW on 42nd Street in New York City. In 2011, he was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a video project that appeared as part of President Obama’s trip to Poland.
Since his arrival at Williams, he has taught courses on acting, directing, and theories of the theater. He has also directed, for Williamstheater, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (March 2011) and “Inspired by Milosz” (December 2011).
He also founded the Dialogue ONE international solo performance festival at Williams in 2007.
Born and raised in Poland, Sangare received his M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the Theater Academy in Warsaw. Before arriving at Williams, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, San Diego; Westmont College; and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.