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Associate Dean Nicole Hodges Persley is an associate professor of theatre and served as acting chair and chair of the department from spring 2016 to fall 2017. She also served as a co-director of the School of the Arts during the fall 2017 semester. As associate dean, she will work to build proactive efforts to ensure attention to DEI concerns at the institutional and individual level. Professor Hodges Persley is a sought-after campus facilitator and speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts. She is an award-winning teacher, mentor and community leader whose scholarship and creative work offer important strategies to address racial and social injustice.

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley

Associate Dean Nicole Hodges Persley is an associate professor of theatre and served as acting chair and chair of the department from spring 2016 to fall 2017. She also served as a co-director of the School of the Arts during the fall 2017 semester. As associate dean, she will work to build proactive efforts to ensure attention to DEI concerns at the institutional and individual level. Professor Hodges Persley is a sought-after campus facilitator and speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts. She is an award-winning teacher, mentor and community leader whose scholarship and creative work offer important strategies to address racial and social injustice.

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley
 

History repeated itself, and the possibilities for the future were revealed.

Our Vision

Create A Future.

OUR VISION

Create A Future.

The International Black Theatre Summit

With a goal to maintain and establish more intentional strategies and professional networks, programs, and coalitions that capitalize on the links between theatre, film, television and related media platforms with domestic and international connections. The network will better support and sustain black artists, cultural producers and audiences thereby providing models for cross-cultural collaborations.

 

Our Founder

Dr. Monica White Ndounou is an Associate Professor of Theater and the 2017-2018 Sony Music Fellow at Dartmouth College. She is the President of the Black Theatre Association (BTA), a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the founder of the Pay-It-Forward All-Career Level Mentorship Program. Her interdisciplinary research projects span a broad range of topics. Professor Ndounou is currently working on several projects including but not limited to a book, documentary film and digital archive exploring black American contributions to developing acting theories and practices.

 

Special Initiatives Directors

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley

Associate Dean, Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley is an associate professor of theatre at the University of Kansas and served as acting chair and chair of the department from spring 2016 to fall 2017. She also served as a co-director of the School of the Arts during the fall 2017 semester. As associate dean, she will work to build proactive efforts to ensure attention to DEI concerns at the institutional and individual level. Professor Hodges Persley is a sought-after campus facilitator and speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts. She is an award-winning teacher, mentor and community leader whose scholarship and creative work offer important strategies to address racial and social injustice.

DIRECTOR OF THE BLACK VITALITY COMMISSION 

Dr. Nsenga Burton

DIRECTOR OF FILM, TELEVISION, AND MEDIA

Dr. Indira Etwaroo 

Dr. Indira Etwaroo 

DIRECTOR OF IBTS ECONOMIC REIMAGINING AND RESTRUCTURING 

DIRECTOR OF IBTS ECONOMIC REIMAGINING AND RESTRUCTURING 

Dr. Shamell Bell

Dr. Shamell Bell

DIRECTOR OF ACTIVISM AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION

DIRECTOR OF ACTIVISM AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION

Dr. Véronique Helenon

DIRECTOR OF CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION INITIATIVES

Dr. Eve Graves

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND FORMAL TRAINING PROJECTS