Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

direct edit

Pirooz Aghssa

Musical Theatre

332 Alexander Building




Ph.D. in Theatre Arts (Directing), Texas Tech University, 1991
M.F.A. in Theatre, Ohio University, 1986
M.M. in Vocal Performance, Ohio University 1986
B.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Illinois, 1983
Teacher Training Certificate, The Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC 2004

Courses Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Musical Theatre Acting


Dr. Pirooz Aghssa has been at EMU since 1992 and in that time period has taught a wide range of courses and directed numerous productions on the Mainstage. His directing credits include: The House of Blue Leaves, Angels in America I: Millennium Approaches, Evita, Brecht on Brecht, Falsettos, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Into the Woods, to name a few. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award by the Alumni Organization at EMU. Dr. Aghssa has studied with renowned theatre and music artists including Anne Bogart, Tina Landau Adrian Noble, William Warfield and Evelyn Lear. He also studied Cabaret Performance Techniques with Helen Baldassare and regularly performs in cabaret venues in New York City. He has been published extensively by the Brecht International Society.

The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources