Department Chair

  • Denise Massman, MFA
    Associate Professor of Creative Arts
    Foy Hall 305
    (518) 786-5054

Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, MFA, SED, Professor of Creative Arts (Theater)


Photo Courtesy of Afshin Katanchi

Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, MFA, SED, Professor of Creative Arts (Theatre)
303 Foy Hall


Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Artistic Director of Mahak International Artists (MIA) and President of Canadian Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI), is a poet, author, translator, and theatre and film artist who has created over 60 stage and screen productions in the United States, Europe and his native Iran. His plays and films received acclaim and awards at such festivals as Edinburgh, Berlin, Delhi, Montreal, Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Tehran including Best Director, 1979; Outstanding Foreign Film, 1995; Critics’ Choice, 1999; and Critics’ Pick, 2007. In 2009-10 while on a Fulbright in Israel and Palestine, Mahmood taught at Tel Aviv University, published a dozen articles and interviews regarding social and political relationships between Iran, Israel and the United States, and created a feature length documentary film entitled The Glass Wall: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue. A recipient of the 2005 Raymond C. Kennedy award, Karimi-Hakak’s literary credits include five plays (Seven Stages, The Survivals, Me & My Mirror, Little Sunny and Selection From Rumi’s Mathnavi), two books of poetry (Pebbles of Solitude and Rocks of Desire) and several translations from and into Persian including Your Lover’s Beloved: 51 Ghazals by Hafez, 2009 and Love Emergencies, 2011, as well as numerous articles and interviews in both English and Persian. Prior to his tenure at Siena College, Professor Karimi-Hakak taught at City College of New York, Southern Methodist University, and Towson University in the United States as well as universities in Belgium, Holland and his native Iran.