Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
M.F.A., University of Arizona; M.A., Ohio State University.
Artemis Preeshl is a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher at Kalakshetra Foundation, ‘the Juilliard of India’, in Chennai in 2010-2011. She choreographed and premiered a seven-dance Western and Bharatanatyam dance suite, “Liquid Gems”, in India. Professor Preeshl wrote and directed the Tamil fiction film, Pancha Ratna, which won Honorable Mention in Best World Cinema at the DIY Film Festival in Hollywood in 2012.
One of 4 international directors selected for Shakespeare: Four Sketches, Preeshl directed a multimedia adaptation of Titus Andronicus in Russian in The Ukraine. She also directed Two Gentlemen of Verona at La MaMa (New York), Top Clowns (Kosovo), The Parade (Bali), The Winter’s Tale (Croatia), and Commedia of Errors (La MaMa Umbria). Artemis received Theater Communication Group grants for residencies in Albania (2007), and Kosovo (2009) where she co-founded the Center for Alternative Physical Theatre. Professor Preeshl led commedia dell’arte, acting, and directing master classes for professionals and students with the Creative Technology Faculty in Shah Alam, Malaysia, taught commedia dell’arte master classes for Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble in Brisbane, voice, speech and acting master classes in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai (India), and created multicultural Taming of the Shrew scenes at the University Malaysia Sabah in Borneo. Through a Fulbright Travel Grant, Artemis consulted on a post-war Tamil drama My Other History and taught acting, directing, movement and voice with the Sunera Foundation NGO that works with differently abled youth and adults in Sri Lanka in 2011.
A veteran of two national tours, The Globe selected Professor Preeshl as one of ten for the International Actor Fellowship in London in 2007. She has performed half of Shakespeare’s canon and directed 18 Shakespeare plays. She has directed 45 plays nationwide, including Loyola productions of Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Scene, which was nominated for a Big Easy Award in 2009. In 2013, Professor Preeshl co-directed the All Things Shakespeare production of The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. In January 2013, she directed the world premiere of Dr. Karen Rosenbecker’s translation and adaptation of Aristophanes’ dark comedy, Wealth.
In collaboration with medieval scholar John Sebastian, Professor Preeshl directed Loyola students in The Ascension for the Chester Cycle 2010 in Toronto. Artemis is presently collaborating on Queen of Masques by Ben Jonson with English Professor, Dr. Hillary Eckland. She choreographed “They Are Afraid of Her,” a modern ballet based on the daughter of Crazy Horse, for the Loyola’s 2010 Spring Ballet. Artemis has designed and coached accents for 8 shows including Nine Parts of Desire, The Laramie Project, A Christmas Carol, Bug, Wait Until Dark, Sylvia, Blithe Spirit, and Godspell, which won the 2011 Best University Production Big Easy Award. An Ignatian Faculty Fellow, she serves as a mentor for honors students in the Ignatian Colloquium in 2013. In July 2012, Professor Preeshl led Loyola’s Himalayan Adventure where she taught South Asian Performing Arts and facilitated Tibetan-English language exchange through Service Learning in Dharamsala.
As a New York film actor, Artemis played the lead in the feature, Rolarz and supporting roles Pigeonholed, Déjà Vu and Marbles; she co-starred on the daytime drama, “Diary.” She directed, choreographed and performed with the Blue Collar Babes on the monthly Blue Collar Comedy Show at Caroline's Comedy Club (1999). The Sonambulist featured Artemis’ voiceover in its premiere at the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival. Professor Preeshl was selected as 1 of 14 actors for New York’s Actors Center Teacher Development Program in 2012. In 2012-2013, she acted in a simultaneous broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life, and directed a staged reading of The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower in French for Les Causeries du Lundí and at Loyola’s Student Peace Conference in English. L.V. Prasad, ranked one of the top ten film schools in the world, invited Professor Preeshl to teach master classes in film acting. She has taught master classes in acting, movement and voice at the Elm Theatre, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and international film acting teacher, Tom Todoroff, and acting for the camera with Hollywood South casting and La Barracuda Carmela in Bogata, Columbia.
The Council on International Exchange and the United States-India Educational Foundation invited Professor Preeshl as a Peer Reviewer for Fulbright-Nehru fellowships in 2011 in India and Washington, D.C. 2012 and 2013. Professor Preeshl has published articles on “Teaching Voice and Speech in Online and Blended Learning Environments” and “Enaction: Imagination and Image: Ignatian Method of Prayer in The Ascension in the Chester Cycle” in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, book review for the Opera Assocation Journal and theatre reviews StageClick.com, an article on Pancha Ratna in the Louisiana Film and Video Magazine, Writing across the Curriculum, and a book chapter, entitled “The Many Faces of Brighella: The Knave We Love to Hate”, in the upcoming Routledge Companion on Commedia dell’arte.
An Associate Professor in Loyola University New Orleans’ Theater and Dance Department, Artemis teaches advanced acting, acting for the camera, Shakespeare in performance, movement, dialects, voice and speech. MFA Drama, the University of Arizona; MA Dance, The Ohio State University; BA French and Psychology, Bates College; Deuxieme degré en français, l’Universite de Grenoble, France. Artemis is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and Fitzmaurice Voicework.
Professor Preeshl serves as a board member on Actors Equity Association Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio.