Zur Person (Tesfahun Haddis Hailu)

Professional Career

2009 - 2020: Lecturer, Mekelle University, Department of Theatre Arts, Mekelle, Ethiopia
2011 - 2012: Head of the Department of Theatre Arts, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia
2008 - 2009: Script writing and directing instructor at Creative Films, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Academic Trainings

2012 - 2015: MA in Theatre and Development, Thesis: "Analysis of Theatres Performed on Promoting the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam in the light of Theatre for Development", University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2005 - 2008: BA degree in Theatre Arts, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Other Certificates and Training

  • A certificate in anthropological ethnographic filmmaking (in 2021), Manchester University, London.
  • Certified in film script development, directing, editing and scouting (in 2014) organized and sponsored by Italian Cultural institute in cooperation with European Union Embassies in Ethiopia.
  • A certificate in film directing, writing, editing and shooting (in 2010) from Warka Pictures Film Training Center, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Research visit

18.08.2018 - 01.10. 2018, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Saale Germany

List of internationally published anthropological films

Theater Productions

Written and directed theatres:

  • 'Yeabay Zemen' a musical theatre on Ethiopian GrandRenaissance Dam and its economic and political consequences organized nationally by a federal governement
  • 'Neber Tegadalay' a musical theatre about Ethiopian political movement of different regimes
  • 'Negest Hendeke' (Queen Hendeke) : Directed a full length historical play

Paper presentation and Seminars

Projects involved

  • ''Theatre as Action: The Stage is a Shade Tree'' supported by The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London.
  • ''Guardians of productive Landscapes'', Max Planck Institute for social  Anthropology, Halle Saale, Germany and Ethiopia.