Professor Denise J. Hart

to the e-portfolio dedicated to sharing artifacts that document Professor Denise J. Hart's academic matriculation at Howard University in the Department of Theatre Arts. 

This e-portfolio provides documentation to support Professor Hart's request for promotion to Full Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts. 

-- Promotion Cover Letter - Click Here
-- APT Application - Click Here

Professor Hart began her service as a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts in 2000.  She received Associate Professor rank and tenure in June of 2009 and is now applying for advancement to the Full Professor rank. Hart's creative contribution to academia and in the marketplace span the areas of Playwriting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Theatre Arts Education, Arts Management and Public Speaker training. She also serves as the coordinator of the Playwriting minor in the Department of Theatre Arts.  

Scholarly Review Equivalencies 

There are specific scholarly review equivalencies for creative and professional accomplishments designed to support the promotion portfolio review for the Fine Arts. The full description of review equivalencies are outlined in the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences "Criteria for Appointments, Promotion, Tenure and Career Status" guidelines. 

How to Navigate this e-portfolio

This e-portfolio is organized into the four (4) required core areas of review. Its recommended that you review one core area at a time and proceed through the chronological years of review. Once you complete the review of all years in an area, then move to the next core area of review. 

Core Areas of Review:
There are six (6) years of promotion review. The years are organized under each of the four core review areas found in the right side navigation bar, or you can access the core areas and years for review  by clicking the topics navigation bar at the top of each page:
      • 2009/2010
      • 2010/2011
      • 2011/2012
      • 2012/2013
      • 2013/2014
      • 2014/2015
For Letters of Support from former students - Click Here

Brief BIO 

Tenured Howard University Associate Professor and coordinator of the Playwriting minor, Denise J. Hart is an accomplished and award winning actress, dramaturge, director and playwright.  In addition to teaching at Howard University, she has taught at American University and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  A graduate of Howard University’s BFA Acting program, she also holds an MFA in Playwriting from Sarah Lawrence College.  

Hart’s dramaturgy credits include: Joe Turners Come and Gone, Day of Absence, Zooman and the Sign, Malcom, Martin & Medgar and Breath Boom. She is the author of the plays, Nothing to Lose (finalist 2012 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference) Sistah Girl, Masquerade Parade, Ring the Bell, My Soul is a Witness and This Joy, (a former finalist in both The Lark and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights competition.)  She has also authored 19 children's musicals and her directing credits include: Spunk, Zooman and the Sign, Day of Absence (finalist in the ‘08 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and recipient of the Outstanding Acting Ensemble Award), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Quick Stop at the Florist, Bedlam in the Pulpit, Malcolm, Martin & Medgar, Secrets of the Mist of Blue, Uncanny Resemblance, and Melancholy of Barbarians.  

She is the founder of the Playwrights in Process Visiting Playwrights Series at Howard University, and has helped shape the works of: Nikkole Salter (Repairing a Nation), Peter Harris (The Johnson Chronicles), A. Peter Baily (Malcom, Martin & Medgar), and in collaboration with The Lark Play Development Center, Kofi Kwahule’s Melancholy of Barbarians. 

Her acting credits include the recurring role as the beloved character "Miss Anna" on HBO'S The Wire and she’s also worked with African Continuum Theatre, Wolly Mammoth Theatre, Arena Stage and The Theatre Alliance in WDC.  

Ms. Hart is a founding member of the August Wilson Society and the founder and Executive Director of The Performing Arts Training Studio, located in Washington DC. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, The Dramatist Guild, The Playwrights Forum, Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Black Theatre Network, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Black Theatre Alliance, Theatre for Young Audiences and serves as the Production Review Editor for Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Her son Julian is her pride and joy. 

Hart's Academic Matriculation at Howard University

Throughout her years of service in the Department of Theatre Arts, Professor Hart has excelled in her ability to teach and nurture students in an effective and life-enhancing manner. She recently developed a new course, Creativity in Life and Theatre, that introduces students to the skills necessary to increase their creative aptitude and create a road map for success in life and theatre. This course is highly sought after for enrollment by students in other major areas of study including Business, Architecture and English as well as by students n the Department of Theatre Arts.

Her professional development has been enhanced by her willing, active participation, often in key positions in vital activities outside of the classroom.For example, entrepreneur training in arts management and public speaker training and facilitation. These kinds of engagements are integral to enhancing the overall theatre arts experience at Howard University. 

Through her classes, workshops, conferences and camps, Hart has made a lasting positive impact on the Washington DC metro community and the nation. Oftentimes, adults and young people have their very first encounter with the transformational experience of the theatre when they work with Hart or attend one of her productions. Over the years, Hart's philosophy and mission have remained focused on being the bridge over which others can cross to access their next level of greatness!