Associate Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies
Artisia Green (BA, College of William and Mary; MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University) has been in collegiate education for 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 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. Her resultant projects are “Resurrecting ‘Phantom Limb[s] of the Dismembered Slave and God’: Unveiling the Africanisms in Gem of the Ocean” published in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Critical Perspectives on the Plays edited by Sandra G. Shannon (McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers) and “Regina Taylors’ Crowns: the overflow of “memories cupped under the brim” published in Continuum, The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance.
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. 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.