1992 › Sidney Berger
14th Farfel Recipient
Director - School of Theatre
Professor of Theatre, John and Rebecca Moores Scholar
College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication
This year Professor Sidney L. Berger celebrates
his 30th year at the University of Houston. When he arrived here
in 1969, having earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas,
he set to work immediately to develop the fledgling theatre department.
In the years to come, he would bring some of the most famous names
in American theatre to the University of Houston. Indeed, the strides
Dr. Berger has made in the last 30 years have benefited not only
the University of Houston, but the cultural life of the greater
Houston area as well.
Dr. Berger lists among his successes
the creation of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (1975) as well
as the University of Houston Childrens Theatre Festival (1978),
two programs that continue to enjoy great popularity throughout
all of Houston. In addition, he has directed over 100 theatrical
performances, as well as several films, and has written a number
of scripts for both television and cinema.
But despite these many successes, Dr.
Berger counts the Esther Farfel Award among his highest career achievements:Receiving
the Farfel was an acknowledgment that the arts are of paramount
importance to this university. That acknowledgment was a vote of
faith in what we do here. He continues, Youve
got to keep in mind that in theatre, the work we do is really ephemeral:
when I direct a production, its gone when the production is
over save in the hearts and minds of its viewers. So when I was
given this honor, I considered it an affirmation of the work I do.
Having received it was truly an extraordinary and moving experience.