Theatre and Social Emotional Healing in a refugee camp!
One of the theatre artists from the campfire project describes from his prospective what it was like working in a refugee camp, where theatre was the means of uniting the community, and healing depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
David Hugo has been a professor in the Theatre Department at LIU CW Post since 2007. He teaches freshman acting and all the musical theatre acting courses. David has performed regionally, on national tours and on Broadway in shows such as Jekyll and Hyde, Iolanthe, Into the Woods, and a stellar 12-year career with Les Miserables where he portrayed Grantaire in the final Broadway cast.
He was on tour with the Broadway production of Les Miserables when he developed a love for teaching through the workshops he gave at high schools and universities across America, Asia and Canada. He left the Les Miserables tour in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree in theatre. His introduction to the Suzuki method while pursing his master’s degree changed the course of his career. He found the Suzuki method to be an excellent technique for teaching musical theatre, and he was able to devise a way to integrate it into his musical theatre curriculum.
David holds an M.A. in Theatre from LIU CW Post, a B.F.A. in acting from Syracuse University and an Associates Degree in Music from Onondaga Community College.
LIU Post, School of Visual and Performing Arts
The Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management provides intense, demanding and rigorous training for actors, directors, playwrights, designers and technicians; filmmakers, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, and lighting and sound specialists; dancers, choreographers, teachers and musical theatre performers; company managers, stage managers, producers and agents.