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2014/15 Research

During academic year 2014/15 Hart executed a number of creative activities: 

Scholarly Review Equivalencies 

There are specific scholarly review equivalencies for creative activities designed to support the promotion portfolio review for the Department of Theatre 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. Click here for the scholarly review equivalencies for the Department of Theatre Arts. 

Creative Activity 'R' (Scholarly Equivalency - Book)

Hart's Role: Production Director 

Play:  Spunk by George C. Wolfe
Producer:  Howard University Department of Theatre Arts
Rehearsal Dates: 9/2 - 10/7, 2014
Production Dates: 10/8 - 12, 2014

Photos: production photos.

DC Metro Arts production Review - Click Here
HUTV Spotlight Article - Behind the Scenes of Spunk - Click Here

Director’s Concept

With Spunk I am interested in the high story telling nature of Zora Neale Hurston’s stories set in the world of what I call folklore fantasy and magic realism. 

  • Theme - Living Fully Human in an imperfect World filled with Laughter, Pain and Love.
  • Theme Relevance - Theme is relevant today because the desire to create and sustain romantic love relationships despite the many inherent challenges to do so remains timeless.   
  • Time period - 1938 (post stock market crash and harlem renaissance) 
  • Central image - Serpent/snake- has a variety of symbolic meanings found within the play: protection, pain, medicine, sexual desire, fertility vengeance 
  • Tones - are somber and somewhat drab with a spark of electric blue color found in each characters costume. Except the zoot suit scene - these cats are clean as a whistle!  Tones resemble the feelings of The Blues. 
  • Historical Reference points - There Eyes were Watching God, Black Magic, Dust Tracks on a Road, Black Magic…
  • Setting/Stage space: I am interested in using ETS on a diagonal angle with VOM 3 being the head of the diagonal leading to VOM 1 as the vanishing point of the diagonal. The diagonal will represent the road that travels through the imaginary town. The area near VOM 2 (next to the seats) can become the store/porch area of the town center). Most action will be played on the flat playing space of ETS and utilize hand props and small set pieces that can be brought on and off stage by the actors.
  • Time period – A long time ago in country Florida 1938
  • Casting: I will cast 4 men and 2 women.
  • Historical context of African American Story Telling - Since the beginning of time, storytelling has been an important event in the African and African American communities. Through storytelling, questions were answered, history was conveyed and life long lessons were taught and learned. 

Production History: Originally developed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was first presented in New York as a co-production of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Crossroads Theater Company.

Supportive Artifacts
Play Script Spunk - Click Here
Production program - Click Here
Rehearsal Report - Click Here
Performance Report - Click Here

Creative Activity 'S' (Scholarly Equivalency - General Article)

Hart's Role: Live Stream Hostess

Event: Steve Harvey Act Like a Success Conference
Producer: Steve Harvey Productions
Location: Arlington VA  
Event Dates: March 3 - 6, 2015

Photos: Hart interviewing Lisa Nichols, Hart and the conference team, Hart on stage


Supportive Artifacts

Video clips of live stream interviews:

Lisa Nichols

Conference Segment

Patrice Washington

Creative Activity 'T' (Scholarly Equivalency - Book)

Hart's Role: Playwright & Director 

Play: How I Learned to Be a Kid
Producer: by The Children's Theatre Workshop
Location: Washington DC 
Rehearsal Dates: 6/22 - 7/25/2015
Production Dates: 7/24 & 25/2015


This production was inspired by the rich legacy of stepping and body percussion that has a direct link to African Ancestry.  

The students discovered that in South Africa stepping derived from the South African Boot Dance.  Campers also learned about the struggle for freedom from Apartheid and how dance and percussive movement was a healing balm in times of stress and oppression.  In addition, they learned about stepping as it relates to sororities and fraternities in the United States and throughout the Diaspora. 

I felt that it was important for young people to learn more about and participate in this passionate aspect of African American history.    

Additionally, the story of learning to accept that we may not be able to do much about the circumstances that occur, but we can always decide how we will respond to them. 

Photos: group 1 campers, all campers, Hart and campers, staff:

Supportive Artifacts
Play Script How I Learned to Be a Kid - Click Here
Production Program - Click Here
iTeach Family Production Guide - Click Here

Video clips of campers from The Children's Theatre Workshop share how the camp has impacted their life:

Nya 2015

MacKenzie 2015

Sequoia 2015