Some are born into the theater, some achieve the theater, and some have theaters thrust upon them. Gene Terruso had a theater thrust upon him – in the Czech Republic. One moment, he was a Fulbright scholar about to return home; the next, he was artistic director of the first all-English-language theater in Brno, a bustling, international, U.S.-culture-loving city. Terruso is former artistic director of Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown, longtime teacher of drama at the University of the Arts, and an actor/director with on- and Off-Broadway credits. He was finishing up (he thought) a Fulbright year. He’d been teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, directing plays at the Orlí Street student theater there. He also taught at Masaryk University, directing plays at the English department’s student theater, the Gypsywood Players. The U.S. Embassy asked him to give a farewell talk (he thought) about recent U.S. television. So he did. “When the talk was over,” Terruso says by WhatsApp from Brno, “I was coming down off the podium, and this guy was walking right toward me.” “This guy” turned out to be the head of the English department at the University of Hradec Králové, a couple… Read full this story
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