Assistant Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies
Artisia is a director, dramaturge and African American Theatre scholar. Her research focuses on the adaptation of themes of spirituality, oppression and liberation in plays of the African diaspora and theatrical literature at large. She directs and performs dramaturgy professionally and was an executive board member of the Black Theatre Network, a national organization dedicated to the exploration and preservation of theatrical visions of the African diaspora from 2007-2014 (President from 2010-2012). Recent directing credits include Ruined (April 2012) and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (October 2012) for William and Mary Theatre and Hoodoo Love (June 2013) for ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago which earned her a Best Direction nomination from the Black Theatre Alliance Awards. She is currently preparing for a staged reading of Gloria J. Browne-Marshall’s Class and further developing a paper, “In the beginning there was Àwọn Ìyà Wa: The Presence of Our Mothers in Gem of the Ocean” which was accepted for presentation at the 28th national conference of the Black Theatre Network, Our Play’s the Thing (August 2014).