Lois Abdelmalek

Director of Theatre; Assistant Professor of Theatre


Lois Abdelmalek is the Director of Theatre and Assistant Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department.  She is a professional actor, singer, voice artist, director, and dramaturg.  She has a passion for truthful storytelling, equipping and encouraging college students at all levels of experience, and teaching acting to immigrants and English Language Learners.  She sees art as activism.  As a teaching artist, she has taught all over the country at various studios, universities, and talent agencies.  At Heyman Talent Agency, she created and taught acting courses to professional models.  Lois taught at the University of Louisville prior to Eastern University.  She has studied at HB Studio in New York City and at Philly Improv Theatre.  She has her MFA in Acting/Performance and an African American Theatre Certificate from The University of Louisville.  She was nominated at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her dramaturgical work on Miss Ida B. Wells.  She has worked in NYC at Viacom and Paramount Pictures.  Lois has also worked in production for Blue's CluesPop Across America, and in casting at Nickelodeon in New York City.  She is an award-winning photographer and has documented the lives of street children in Rwanda, Myanmar, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic.  Lois created and directed Umuryango: Rwandan Stories which was a staged reading and photography exhibit that depicted the lives of street children in Rwanda.  Selected credits: the USA premieres of The Syrian Monologues and Women Behind Bars, Regan in King Lear, Liz Morden in Our Country’s Good, and Thaisa in Pericles, Prince of Tyre at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.  Lois recently moved to Philadelphia and has been overjoyed to work with incredible casts at Hedgerow Theatre, Delaware Shakespeare, Free Fringe Philly, and Theatre Ariel.  This summer she performed in Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part III with a global cast in the web series The Show Must Go Online, the first and most prolific creator of made-for-digital theatre in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education
  • MFA in Performance, The University of Louisville
  • Herbert Berghof Studio (HB Studio), New York City
  • Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre, The University of Louisville
  • Hagen Certificate, New York City