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Program in Theater Director and Lecturer Tim Vasen died in an accident at homeon Monday, according to an email from Lewis Center for the Arts Administrative Director Marion Young.

Vasen, who was in his early fifties, became director of the program in 2012, and had taught courses and directed plays as part of the faculty since 1993.

At the University, Vasen directed the world premieres of unproduced Soviet-era pieces by Alexander Pushkin.

Alongside Lewis Center Chair Michael Cadden and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, he facilitated interactions between University students and Greek theater artists by developing the recurring course "Re: Staging The Greeks," which launched in 2008.He was scheduled to teach two sections of the class in spring 2016.

Vasen also served as an adviser to students pursuing a master of fine arts in directing at the Yale School of Drama. He taught or directed at professional training programs including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, the Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington,CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore,Philadelphia Theatre Company and Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis.

Vasen is survived by his wife Leslie and their two children.

A memorial service will be held at the Universityon Sundayafternoon.

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