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Faculty | Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

Vaneshran Arumugam

Contact Information

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5217
Room 7003


South African Theater and Literature

An accomplished actor, playwright, teacher, director, and social activist, Arumugam will teach a drama course and a new course on South African Literature. He will also offer guest lectures for classes in Communication Arts, Sociology, and Political Science and give performances and talks open to the entire community.

Outside of St. Francis, he will guest lecture at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and TCI Technical Career Institute. In addition, Arumugam will assist teachers in developing a drama club at The Hungerford School, an award winning special education school.

Arumugam has performed Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company and acted with Sir Derek Jacobi and the eminent South African actors Alice Krige and John Kani in StringCaesar. StringCaeser is a film project created with prisoners at Pollsmoor Prison, where Nelson Mandela served part of his life sentence. He is a founding member and trustee of The Turning Point Foundation, which emerged from the Pollsmoor Prison project and helps Cape Town’s underprivileged develop talent and skills in performance and theatre and film production. Turning Point aims to use the performing arts to create social justice. Arumugam is also involved in a number of South African organizations that address the issue of violence against women and children.