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Peter Larlham
San Diego State University

An accomplished teacher of acting, directing, and improvisation, Dr. Peter Larlham’s career spans more than 40 years. In addition to his leadership and achievement as a scholar, he has made a substantial impact through his service commitments both of a national and international scope.

One of Larlham’s most noteworthy and sustained service endeavors is The Mnyakongo Primary School Project in Tanzania. During a visit in the summer of 2008, Larlham was devastated by the poor condition of the school’s library and has since carried out a commitment to transform the village of Kongwa, its school, and the well-being of the students.

The project’s scope to date has included building a school library stocked with more than 8,500 books, helping secure electricity and running water for the campus, refurbishing buildings, and buying goats to provide milk for the school lunch program. The initiative, under Larlham’s leadership, continues to expand its efforts each year. 

Larlham has taught at the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film since 1987. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University. 

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