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I am an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas. I completed my Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity at The University of Southern California in 2009. My book project, Sampling Blackness: Performing African Americanness in Hip-hop Theater and Performance is the first study to examine the artistic practices of non-African American artists in theater, conceptual art and dance.
My research and teaching interests include African American Theater and Performance, Hip-Hop Studies, solo performance, popular culture, Performance Studies, and Improvisation Studies and Cultural Studies. I am currently teaching courses in Acting, Hip-hop in Popular Culture and African American Theater. I have received numerous fellowships and awards including a James Irvine Foundation Fellowship and an a Mellon Foundation undergraduate teaching award.
As an actress and director, I have professional credits in theatre, film and television. As a solo performer, I have performed at The UCLA Hammer Museum, The World Stage, UC Riverside Hip-hop Theater Festival, Harvard University, CUNY and The University of Kansas.