Adil Mansoor

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

MFA, Carnegie Mellon University. A theatre director and educator centering the stories of queer folks and people of color, Mansoor’s directing projects include Gloria by  Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Hatch Arts), Chickens in the Yard by Paul Kruse (Hatch Arts and Quantum Theatre), Desdemona’s Child by Caridad Svich (Carnegie Mellon University), Dark Play or Stories for Boys by Carlos Murillo (Carnegie Mellon University), and an upcoming ensemble-generated piece with Pittsburgh Playhouse. Mansoor’s solo performance—adapting Sophocles’s Antigone as an apology to and from his mother, Amm(i)gone—is being co-commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in partnership with The Theatre Offensive and the National Performance Network. Mansoor has developed and directed new work through New York University, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and PearlArts Studio. He is a founding member and resident director with Pittsburgh’s Hatch Arts Collective, a member of DirectorsLabChicago, a Gerri Kay New Voices Fellow with Quantum Theatre, and a 2050 Fellow with the NYTW. As an educator, Mansoor has worked with Middlebury College, Carnegie Mellon University, The Mori Art Museum, and The Warhol. He led educational programming at Dreams of Hope, an LGBTQA+ youth arts organization in Pittsburgh, for more than five years. SLC, 2020– 

Undergraduate Courses 2020-2021


Directing: The Expanded Field

Intermediate , Component—Year

What does a director do? How do we expand our understanding of direction? Directing: The Expanded Field troubles these questions by exploring the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities available to a theatre director. The fall semester will focus on skills for directing scripted plays, including text analysis, collaboration, concept development, and staging. The spring semester will expand the director’s role by considering various artistic methodologies, including socially engaged art, devised and ensemble-generated theatre, and lecture-performance. Throughout the year, students will learn through readings and media created by contemporary directors, artists, and thinkers from a variety of lived experiences and disciplines. Students will practice and experiment with directing methods through writing assignments, presentations, scene work, and iterative performance experiments. Students will perform in one another’s scenes and collaborate on multiple projects. Rooted in justice-based pedagogy and community-driven care, the course aims to challenge and expand the boundaries of directing performance.