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Assistant Professor of Theatre
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Robert Najarian is an actor, instructor, fight director, and author hailing from the East Coast. As a performer, Najarian has been seen in more than 40 productions in cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Boston with such companies as The American Repertory Theatre, Washington National Opera, and Punchdrunk, where he was an original cast member of the critically acclaimed show Sleep No More in New York.
Najarian has trained in and teaches movement for contemporary and classical theatre based on the work of Jaques Lecoq, Jerzy Grotowski, Mary Overlie, and Tadashi Suzuki. He specializes in the combat arts, having instructed and performed in fights for stage and screen in Italy, Switzerland, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and the United States. He has served on the faculty of the theatre departments at Boston University, College of the Holy Cross, Emerson College, and the American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Actor Training at Harvard University.
As a fight director, Najarian has staged the violence for more than 100 productions for stage and film. Fight direction credits include Carmen and Macbeth with Boston Lyric Opera; As You Like It with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Don Quixote with Boston Ballet; Johnny Baseball with American Repertory Theatre; The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Kite Runner with New Repertory Theatre; and She Kills Monsters with Company One.
Najarian is a certified teacher and fight director with the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. He received his BA at Bowdoin College and his MFA at the Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. His book The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat is currently available through Routledge.
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