Vitae

Education

Sarah Lawrence College Master of Fine Arts Degree earned 1999 Playwriting Pedagogy

Howard University Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree earned 1996 Acting (Magna Cum Laude)

Employment

University Teaching Positions

Howard University - Playwriting/Dramaturgy 2000-present

Tenured Associate Professor

American University - Theatre Arts 1999-2000

Adjunct Professor


Arts Management Positions

The Performing Arts Training Studio Inc

  • Founder & Executive Director 2004-2017

All About Creativity Performing Arts, Inc.

  • CEO & Executive Director 1997-2004

Sarah Lawrence College

  • Theatre Outreach Assistant Coordinator 1997-1999

KEC Children’s Theatre Experience

  • Executive Director 1995- 1999

Teaching - Current and Previous Courses Taught

ACTING TECH I (3 credits) - Development of the acting instrument and the processes and techniques of the actor. Improvisations and beginning scenes: textual analysis to perceive acting problems, personal involvement, selecting and accomplishing stage tasks.

ACTING TECH II (3 credits) - Practical exploration of the actor’s craft through improvisation and exercises in physical and psychological action; problems in the use of imagination, observation and research as tools for exploring the script.

CREATIVE DRAMA (3 credits) - Introduction to improvisation techniques that will aid in freeing the student to explore her/his mind, voice and body in an original and deeply creative manner. Enhance the student’s ability to understand and utilize the intra-dynamics of their creative aptitude.

METHODS AND PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING(3 credits) - An advanced course designed to equip the student with readily applicable teaching tools in preparation for the secondary school environment. Emphasis placed on theories of Blooms taxonomy, Howard Gardner as well as Arts Integration techniques, development of teaching philosophy, curriculum plans and unit and lesson plans.

CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN THEATRE(3 credits) - Examines issues and trends in American theatre from the mid 1960’s to the present. Includes the study of development of Regional Theatre, Off-off Broadway, Black American Theatre, the “Happening,” Environmental Theatre and Theatre in American Colleges and Universities.

CREATIVITY IN LIFE AND THEATRE (3 credits) - Using the theories of Viola Spolin, Daniel Pink, Rollo May, Edward de Bono, Eric Maisel and Michael Michalko, Creativity in Drama and Life is designed to enhance the students ability to understand and utilize their creative abilities. This course will aid in freeing the student to explore their mind, voice and body in an original and deeply creative manner. Each student will be challenged to become aware of processes that aid them in ridding themselves of mental and physical tension, improve their focusing skills, and to take bold and spontaneous risks (both written and improvised). In addition, this course is geared towards making the student aware of the application of the creative process to fields beyond theatre. This class will also engage the student through using the principles of teamwork and leadership to involve them in honest and conscientious self and peer assessment, and, to expose the student to techniques of creative application in order to drastically improve their creativity and ability to communicate that creativity through communication and interaction with others.

PLAY ANALYSIS (3 credits) - Introduction to Aristotelian elements and principles of drama. Critical analysis of dramatic literature with regard to plot, theme, and character, approached from the director’s and actor’s viewpoints.

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE (3 credits) - Study of the theatre in terms of its critical, historical aesthetic, and practical aspects, focusing on the relationship between theatre and society in various periods.

ROXIE ROKER TOURING COMPANY (3 credits) - A Service Learning course that offers students the opportunity to perform theatre in a constantly changing laboratory. The company performs productions for a wide variety of student and adult centered audiences. Productions possess educational, entertainment and historical value.

PLAYWRITING 1 (3 credits) - A beginning playwriting course that aides the student to develop their creative process in playwriting. Involves the development of the play script from premise to scene, teaching basic craftsmanship in developing characters, plot, and dialogue. Students write a scene per week.

PLAYWRITING 2 (3 credits) - A continuation of Playwriting 1. Students examine the process of developing characters, setting, developing a premise and writing dialogue through a variety of scene assignments culminating in the 10 minute play structure work.

PLAYWRITING 3 (3 credits) - An advanced course in play/script preparation with a focus on developing the full length play.

PLAYWRITING 4 (3 credits) - A continuation of Playwriting III.

PLAYWRITING SEMINAR 1 (3 credits) - The course is writing intensive. Students will focus on writing and re-writing. The goal for the student is to continue to develop the full length play (60-90 pages) developed in Playwriting 4. The student is asked to explore more deeply the motivation behind the work. To further define the key themes, subject matter, theatricality and style of the play.

PLAYWRITING SEMINAR 2 (3 credits) - Students will build upon the skills developed in all previous Playwriting courses: 1, 2 3, & 4. Students will focus on writing and re-writing. The goal for the student is to complete the full length play (60-90 pages) developed in Playwriting Seminar.

FRESHMAN SEMINAR (1 credit) - Seminar designed to introduce students to tools and techniques to assist them in matriculating through a University environment with self motivation and good time management skills etc.

Representative Scholarly Research/Creative Work

2018 Howard University

        • Production Director: "Milk Like Sugar" written by Kirsten Greenidge

2018 Black Theatre Network Conference, Memphis TN

        • Conference Presenter/Public-Dramaturgy: Archival research project: "Beyond Respectability Politics: The Evolution of Black Theatre at Howard University"

2018 Howard University

        • Production Dramaturge: "Milk Like Sugar" written by Kirsten Greenidge

2018 Hatiloo Theatre, Memphis TN

        • Production Dramaturge: "Jitney" written by August Wilson

2018 Blackademics TV Program Nationally Televised via PBS

        • Contribution: "Scholarly Writing/Presentation Coach" for 6 scholar presenters

2018 Arena Stage, Washington DC

        • Panel Presenter: “Beyond the Obvious: Character Archetypes in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running”

2018 Continuum: the Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance , published by Black Theatre Network

        • Managing Editor

2017 Howard University

        • Production Dramaturge: “Sweet Charity”

2017 Blackademics TV Program Nationally Televised via PBS

        • Contribution: "Scholarly Writing/Presentation Coach" for 6 scholar presenters

2017 Howard University

        • Symposium Coordinator & Facilitator: “Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing and Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond"

2017 Howard University

        • Symposium Presenter: Dramaturgy in the play “Smart People”: “Risk, Reward, Retribution: Smart People Navigating and Confronting Systemic Racism"

2017 The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance - Chapter Submission

        • Anthology Chapter: “Black Playwright’s Receive their Due: The Howard Players Role in the Advancement of the Black Experience on stage”

2016 Northwestern University Press Anthology Book Contract

        • “Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing and Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond"

2016 Blackademics TV Program Nationally Televised via PBS

        • Contribution: "Scholarly Writing/Presentation Coach" for 4 scholar presenters. Episode nominated for Lone Star Emmy Award

2016 University of Michigan

        • Virtual Guest Director for Directing class: "Examining Goblin Market by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon"

2016 Howard University

        • Visiting Playwright Workshop Series Production Director: Staged Reading – “Torn Asunder” written by Nikkole Salter

2016 Howard University

        • August Wilson Conference Panel Moderator: "A Philosophical System at Work: Music and Religion as Cultural Expressions in August Wilson’s Plays"

2016 Howard University

        • August Wilson Conference Production Manager

2016 Howard University

        • August Wilson Conference Roundtable Presenter: “Approaches to Teaching the plays of August Wilson”

2016 Continuum: the Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance , published by Black Theatre Network

        • Production Review Editor

2015 Blackademics TV Program Nationally Televised via PBS

        • Contribution: "Scholarly Writing/Presentation Coach" for 6 scholar presenters

2014 Blackademics TV Program Nationally Televised via PBS

        • Scholar Presenter: "Not just Talent: Black Excellence in the Arts"

2013 Power House Speakers Conference, San Diego CA

        • Presenter: Crack the Code to Creativity

2012 Howard University

        • Visiting Playwright Workshop Series Presenter: "Understanding the Playwrights Process"

2012 Howard University

        • Symposia Coordinator & Facilitator: “The Arrested Development of Girl Gangs and Their Impact on Society.”

2012 Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington DC

        • Presenter: Raising the Roof on Performing Arts and Arts Education: Identifying concrete opportunities and examples of performing arts opportunities for youth in the Greater Washington area.

2010 Howard University

        • Visiting Playwright Workshop Series Play Development Dramaturge/Director: "Malcolm, Martin, Medgar - Examining the Civil Right's Movement" with A. Peter Bailey

2010 Howard University

        • Visiting Playwright Workshop Series Play Development Dramaturge/Director: "Melancholy of Barbarians" written by Kofi Kwahule

2009 Howard University

        • Visiting Playwright Workshop Series Artistic Director: "Repairing a Nation" written by Nikkole Salter

2008 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Pittsburgh PA

        • Workshop Presentation: “The Courage of Creativity"

2008 National Association of African American Studies Conference

        • Conference Presenter: “Day of Absence: A Dialogical Discourse on White Privilege and Protection of White Identity”

2008 School Without Walls Senior High School, Washington DC

        • Head Judge Senior Boards Project: "Music & Theatre”

2007 University of Maryland College Park

        • August Wilson Conference Symposia Chair: Talking About Wilson”

2007 Howard University

        • Interdisciplinary Symposia Coordinator & Facilitator: “Historical & Social Contextualization of Day of Absence”

2007 School Without Walls High School, Washington DC

        • Conference Presenter: “Research Methodology – Directing Day of Absence”

2007 School Without Walls Senior High School, Washington DC

        • Presenter: The Harlem Renaissance: A Humanistic Perspective
        • Presenter: “From South to North: Black Women Migrants and the Northern Domestic Worker in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”

2006 Howard University

        • Conference Presenter: “Blues & Spirituals in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”

2006 School Without Walls Senior High School, Washington DC

        • Harlem Renaissance Symposium: Cultural Examination
        • Presenter: History of African-American Identity “African American female Playwrights during the Renaissance

Scholarly Writing & Presentation Coach

2008 - present

Exclusively for Blackademics TV in Austin TX, nationally televised via PBS , I provide support and training for nationally and/or internationally recognized scholars, artists and activists preparing them to write compelling scholarly researched based presentations to communicate their research focus for a television audience and conduct interactive, engaging academic presentations. The outcome is researched based speeches that are nationally broadcast and distributed around the world via PBS television stations and electronic media.

Directing Projects

            • 2018 Milk Like Sugar Howard University
            • 2016 Torn Asunder Howard University
            • 2014 Spunk Howard University
            • 2013 Quick Stop at the Florist DC Queer Theatre Festival
            • 2013 Bedlam in the Pulpit DC Black Theatre Festival
            • 2013 Dorkalicious Life Reality TV Trailer Production
            • 2012 Secrets of the Mist of Blue DC Queer Theatre Festival
            • 2010 Malcom, Martin, Medgar Howard University
            • 2010 Melancholy of Barbarians Howard University
            • 2011 Uncanny Resemblance DC Black Theatre Festival
            • 2009 Zooman & the Sign Howard University
            • 2008 Day of Absence Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region II Pitt. PA
            • 2008 The Exile & The American Playwright’s Forum
            • 2007 Day of Absence Howard University
            • 2006 Joe Turner’s Come and Gone Howard University

Playwriting Productions

Nothing to Lose (full-length drama)

          • 2019 Nothing to Lose - Gettysburg College
          • 2018 Semi-finalist, (top 5%) Bay Area Playwrights Festival
          • 2014 Staged reading, Howard University
          • 2012 Finalist, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference
          • 2012 Staged reading, African Continuum Theatre Company, Fresh Flavas Series
          • 2011 Reading, Playwrights Forum
          • 2011 Uncanny Resemblance (previous title) - DC Black Theatre Festival

This Joy (full-length drama)

          • 2007 Semi-finalist, (top 5%) Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference
          • 2007 Semi-finalist, (top 5%) The Lark Theatre Play Development Fellow
          • 2006 full production, producer: The Serenity Players
          • 2006 Full production, producer: Howard University
          • 2005 Staged reading, producer: Howard University

Sistah Girl (full-length drama)

          • 2005 full production, producer: Smith Coleman Artistic Center, Los Angeles CA
          • 1997 full production, producer: Smith Colman Artistic Center, Los Angeles CA
          • 1996 full production, producer: Howard Players of Howard University
          • 1995 Winner, Adrienne Joi Johnson Writing Award

A Real Black Comedy (full-length drama)

          • 2001 Staged Reading, Urban Stages, New York City, producer John McCormick
          • 2001 Reading, All About Creativity Performing Arts, producer Tiffany N. Scott
          • 2000 Script commissioned by Vera J. Katz

Masquerade Parade (one act drama)

          • 2006 Staged reading, Kennedy Center Page to Stage sponsored by Playwrights Forum
          • 1998 Reading, Sarah Lawrence College

My Soul is a Witness/Peace Declared (full-length drama)

          • 1996 1st place award ECTC Playwriting Competition, Peace Declared
          • 1996 Production My Soul is a Witness
          • 1995 Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest stage-play competition, Peace Declared

Dramaturgy Projects

Production Dramaturgy

        • 2018 Milk Like Sugar Howard University
        • 2018 Jitney Hattiloo Theatre
        • 2017 Sweet Charity Howard University
        • 2012 Breath Boom Howard University
        • 2010 Malcom, Martin and Medgar Howard University
        • 2010 Melancholy of Barbarians Howard University
        • 2009 Zooman and the Sign Howard University
        • 2008 Day of Absence Howard University
        • 2006 Joe Turner’s Come and Gone Howard University

Public Dramaturgy

        • 2018 "Beyond Respectability Politics" Memphis TN
        • 2018 Blackademics TV Austin TX
        • 2017 Blackademics TV Austin TX
        • 2016 Blackademics TV Austin TX
        • 2015 Blackademics TV Austin TX
        • 2014 Blackademics TV Austin TX

Plays Written for Family Audiences

          • DC County Spelling Bee A to Z Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Hot Fun in the Summer Time Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Mysterious Case of Classroom #459 Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Marvelous Celebration of Sound Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • The DC County Spelling Bee Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • When a Tree Grows in Brookland Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • How I Learned to Be a Kid Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • August on My Mind Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Say it Loud Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Charlotte’s Jazzy Webb Cramton Auditorium WDC
          • Antigone & The Motown Sound Cramton Auditorium WDC
          • Summer South Cramton Auditorium WDC
          • Wizzllennium Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Razz Matazz & All That Jazz Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Osaram & Sarabi Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Boogie Down to the Hip Hop Sound Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC
          • Swing Louie Swing Ira Aldridge Theatre WDC

Professional Organizations/Memberships

          • Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG)
          • Dramatist Guild
          • Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
          • Black Theatre Network (BTN)
          • Black Theatre Alliance
          • Literary Managers and Dramaturges of America (LMDA)
          • August Wilson Society

Honors, Awards and Other Distinctions

          • 2018 Semi-finalist (top 5%) Bay Area Playwrights Festival
          • 2018 ATHE Leadership Institute
          • 2018 Outstanding Associate Professor, Division of Fine Arts, Howard University
          • 2016 Lone Star EMMY nomination, Blackademics TV, Season 4/Episode 1
          • 2014 Rising Star Award Global Leadership Program
          • 2011 Semi-finalist Black & Latino Playwrights Conference for full length play - "Nothing to Lose"
          • 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Conference Best Ensemble Award
          • 2007 Semi-finalist (top 5%) Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference for This Joy
          • 2007 Semi-finalist (top 5%) Lark Theatre Play Development Conference for This Joy
          • 2002 Writer’s Digest Honorable mention screenwriting
          • 2000 Writer’s Digest Honorable mention screenwriting
          • 1997 Dorothy Stickney Scholarship for Theatre Arts
          • 1996 East Central Theatre Conference 1st place award playwriting
          • 1995 Writer’s Digest Honorable mention screenwriting
          • 1995 AJJPA Screenwriting Award, Los Angeles CA