Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
M.A., Ohio State University; M.F.A., University of Arizona
Artemis Preeshl is a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher who was stationed 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. A veteran of two national tours, she directed Top Clowns (Kosovo), The Parade (Bali), Two Gentlemen of Verona at La MaMa (New York) 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 in Kosovo. 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, 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 in Sri Lanka in 2011.
Professor Preeshl has performed half of Shakespeare’s canon and directed 17 Shakespeare plays. She has directed 45 plays nationwide, including Loyola productions of Twelfth Night, Christmas Carol, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Scene, which was nominated for a Big Easy Award in 2009. Artemis has designed and coached accents for 6 shows including Nine Parts of Desire, Laramie Project, Christmas Carol, Bug, Wait Until Dark, Sylvia, and Godspell, which won the 2011 Best University Production Big Easy Award. She is presenting designing British accents for Loyola’s Blithe Spirit and directing 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. She choreographed “They Are Afraid of Her,” a modern ballet based on the daughter of Crazy Horse for the Loyola’s 2010 Spring Ballet. Through the Office of Mission and Ministry, Artemis was invited to participate in the Magis National Retreat. She learned to “lead from where you are” at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Leadership Institute. This year, 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 this year, and 1 of 2 American actors out of 10 actors selected as International Acting Fellows at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She is presently acting in a simultaneous broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life, and directing a staged reading of The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower for Les Causeries du Lundí in French. 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.
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 and 2012 in India and Washington, D.C. 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, book and theatre reviews and an article in the Louisiana Film and Video Magazine, and contributed to a book chapter on Writing across the Curriculum.
An Associate Professor in Loyola University New Orleans’ Theater and Dance Department, Artemis teaches advanced acting, acting for the camera, 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.