Scholar • Director Teacher

Assistant Professor, Skidmore College

Ph.D. Tufts University; M.A. Emerson College

My artistic and scholarly works are interdisciplinary, international, and intercultural in scope. I am drawn to plays that engage cultural and global issues and strive to create opportunities for such plays to be realized through my teaching, research and professional endeavors. As a director, I use visual metaphors to create compelling stage pictures and a world that evokes visceral performances from actors. We play with the dynamics of spatial relations, language and vocal work as we discover the play together as an ensemble throughout the rehearsal process.

As a scholar,  I focus on the intersections of theatrical performance and issues of language, race, class, gender, culture and national identity.  My areas of expertise include: world theater history, intercultural performance, translation studies, multilingual performance, creole and mixed race studies, transnational studies, African American theater, race and performance, musical theater, new play development, theater for social change, Cape Verdean theater, and theater of the African diaspora. 

  • Photo of playwright Caridad Svich (standing 5th from the left), me (front row center in black) and the cast and creative team of The Orphan Sea.