CHARLES DUMAS NAMED FULL PROFESSOR AT PENN STATE
Charles Dumas was named a full professor by Penn State University. Dumas joined PSU’s School of Theatre as a visiting lecturer in 1995 and was appointed to the tenure track in 1996. He originated several classes at the School including the Diverse Culture Workshop, African-American Drama, African Film, and Acting for the Camera. In 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow teaching at Stellenbosch University and researching African theatre for development in the Republic of South Africa. He was also a special State Department representative to the Sithengi International Film Festival and the Mozambique Theatre Educational Conference. He and his wife Dr. J. Ann Dumas were special delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
He was the director of the acting for the media program for Temple University from 2006-08. He returned to PSU for the 2008-09 school year. Dumas is a past recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship grant for playwriting and a winner of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Award for Best Actor. He is a co-recipient of an acting ensemble EMMY Award for his performance in SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. This year his 9/11 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE won a David Award for Arts and Activism. Thirty-four of his plays have been produced including WOLF BY THE EARS which was Theodore Ward Finalist for best play written by an African American. He has appeared in over two hundred plays, films and TV shows.
Dumas is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, and SUNY New Paltz. He was an Earl Warren Scholar at Yale Law School where he received a Juris Doctorate degree. He was an Hendler Fellow at the American Film Institute and a Kaplan Fellow at the New School for Social Research.
The University also announced that Steve Broadnax and Elisha Clark- Halpin were granted tenure. Penn State’s School of Theatre is the only Big Ten theatre department and one of the few in the country to have three tenured African-American professors. Clark-Halpin is head of the dance program and Broadnax is one of the country’s leading hip-hop theatre originators.