Omar Sangare is a Polish actor and director, who graduated from the The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, where he studied with the Oscar winning director, Andrzej Wajda. In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship to The British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. While there he worked with Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman, Michael Kahn, and Jeremy Irons. In 2006, Sangare received his Ph.D. from the Theater Academy in Warsaw. Sangare taught at UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, Wesleyan University, and Westmont College. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Theatre at Williams College. In 2007, he became founder and artistic director of the Dialogue ONE, International Festival for solo performances at WilliamsTheatre. He is also a leader of the United Solo theatre project in New York City which began in 2010. (website).
He holds many film, television, and radio credits. For his one-man drama True Theater Critic, he was voted The Best in Acting by the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997. The same year Sangare was invited to the Jerzy Grotowski Theater in Wroclaw, Poland, where he won four prizes at the Theater Festival. His award-winning monodrama was presented in Poland, Canada, England, Ukraine, Germany, and the United States. Recently, acclaimed by the press for his lead part in the Arena Players Repertory Theater production of Othello. Barbara Delatiner included the distinct conclusion in her article for The New York Times, that Sangare was "born to play Othello."
Sangare's published literary works include two books of poetry: Postscriptum and Landscape of the Soul, collections of short stories titled Tales for Old Horse, and Tales for Black Sheep as well as many essays and articles for various magazines and newspapers in Poland. Accompanied by great American writers such as Robert Pinsky, and Susan Sontag he promoted Polish literature in the United States. In 2003, he released his first solo album, ON. He also recorded Polish Christmas Carols for television station TVP1 in Poland. In 2005 he published Tales for Decent Man. Both Tales for Old Horse and Tales for Black Sheep are bestsellers in Poland. His recent publication is "Othello. Pale from Envy" which is a book version of his doctoral thesis.
Omar Sangare has been selected by the U.S. Department of State for a video project that appeared as part of President Obama’s trip to Poland in May 2011, as one of "prominent Polish Americans who are proud of their heritage while having an impact on America’s social and cultural fabric."
He is a cousin of a Malian singer Oumou Sangare.
- Official website
- United Solo
- The New York Times review of “Three Kinds of Exile” by Charles Isherwood
- The Berkshire Review, October 15, 2010
- The New York Times, August 4, 2002
- The New York Times, March 16, 2002
- YouTube, access: March 30, 2011
- Africana Studies at Williams College, access: March 30, 2011