Guila Clara Kessous

Guila Clara Kessous

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019
UNESCO Artist for Peace
Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, French Minister of Culture
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Research Fields: Performing art and human rights, role games and conflict resolution, drama techniques and win-win negotiation, Comparative Literature and Dramatherapy, theatre workshops and social coaching. For my PhD I studied plays written by Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Elie Wiesel. My goal was to better understand how a survivor could use theater to get a better impact with witness testimony. I also wanted to demonstate the switch in status from a victim into a more positive leadership-role as a storyteller that theatre techniques and positive psychology allow. 

Education: Post Doc Sorbonne Paris Descartes (Medical School Dramatherapy), Post Doc Geneva University (Foundation for Intercultural and Interreligious Research and Dialogue), Doctorate with Pr. Pierre Brunel Comparative Literature, Ph.D. Boston University, MBA ESSEC Business School (Cultural Business major), French Conservatory of Performing Arts. 

Certification: Professional Coaching Certification, Positive Psychology Certification with Pr. Tal Ben Shahar from Kripalu, Program On Negotiation Certification with Pr. William Ury from Harvard Law School, Executive Communication Skills Certification with Marjorie North from Harvard Extension School, Member of Harvard University affiliated Institute of coaching  

Languages:  French, English, Spanish and Hebrew.

Current Book Project: "Elie Wiesel’s Theater or How to Stage the Irrenderable”, foreword by Boris Cyrulnik.

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