Associate Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies
Artisia Green has been in collegiate education for almost eleven years working with students at Morgan State University, Chicago State University (tenured), and Purdue University Black Cultural Center as an Artist-in Residence. She returned to the College of William and Mary in 2010 and is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies, a WMSURE Faculty Fellow and a member of the Task Force for Race and Race Relations. She served as the Faculty Director for the Africana House Living and Learning Community from 2012-2014.
A director and dramaturge, Artisia’s current research is in decoding traditional African systems of thought in creative expression with a particular interest in Yorùbá philosophical systems. She was one of twenty-five applicants selected to attend the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus between Cultural Studies, Religion and Philosophy, where she further developed her research on spiritual expression in black dramatic literature.
Recent plays under her direction include Crowns, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Ruined for William and Mary Theatre and Hoodoo Love for ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago which earned her a 2013 Best Direction nomination from the Black Theatre Alliance Awards. She also directed the staged readings of Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, CLASS, The Hampton Years, and co-directed The Sisters Grey which will receive a full production in fall 2015 under her direction at the College. Artisia served as literary reader for the Playwright’s Development Institute at eta Creative Arts Foundation, SPARC, and the Aldridge Repertory Theatre.
From 2007-2014, Artisia was an executive board member of the Black Theatre Network, (President from 2010-2012) and is the current coordinator for BTN’s S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition. She is also member of the 2019 Commemorative Commission for the city of Hampton and ACT-SO Committee Chair of the York, James City County, Williamsburg branch of the NAACP.