PhD in Theatre Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with a minor in Art Studio from Winthrop University
Master of Arts in Theatre History & Criticism from the University of South Carolina
My research implements critical race and Black feminist theories to focus on contemporary African American theatre, specifically representation and racial violence which has been featured in theatre, education, history, and Black studies journals as well as presented at national and international conferences of related disciplines. My dissertation analyzes the mammy, mulatta, and mistress stereotypes of Black women which are articulated and challenged in contemporary US plays, television shows, and films.
My teaching philosophy is reflected in my research which encourages students to embrace diverse perspectives on race, class, and gender issues by implementing Reader’s Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. My mission is to foster students’ engagement with contemporary course material related to their academic and personal experience by collectively considering the traditional past of stage work, the extensive present use of film and television, and the burgeoning future of social media.
Working with Dr. Liseno, Kate Pierson, and other graduate students on efforts for diversity and inclusion at the university, receiving the President's Diversity & Inclusion Mini-Grant for Summer workshops and related activities (2017-18).
I feel that the Fellow Society, in conjunction with PIE, has allowed me to make meaningful connections with other students and faculty across disciplines through significant discussions, workshops, and grant/scholarship opportunities.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Wilson-Auzenne Graduate Fellowship, 2013-18
COGS Conference Presentation Support Grant, 2017
PEO International Scholars Award Nominee, 2016-17
Full Frame Documentary Film Fellowship, 2015
Young Woman of Achievement Nominee, 2011
"Voices," Short Documentary, 2015
Directed by Devair Jeffries, co-edited with Lodna Azard & Jake Durshimer
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