Vol. 33 No. 2

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An Interview with Elaine Jackson

by Nathaniel G. Nesmith The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 33, Number 2 (Spring 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Elaine Jackson, born in Detroit (1938), began her career in the theatre as an actress. In the early 1970s, she established her career as a playwright with her first […]

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A Return to 1987: Glenda Dickerson’s Black Feminist Intervention

by Khalid Y. Long The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 33, Number 2 (Spring 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Glenda Dickerson (1945-2012) is often recognized as a pioneering Black woman theatre director.[1] A more expansive view of her career, however, would highlight Dickerson’s important role as a playwright, […]

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Earle Hyman and Frederick O’Neal: Ideals for the Embodiment of Artistic Truth

by Baron Kelly The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 33, Number 2 (Spring 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Histories of US theatre have often overlooked the contributions of Black trailblazers as agents of change. Instead of focusing on the knowledge, tradition, sacrifice, and artistry of these pioneers, mainstream […]

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Subversive Inclusion: Ernie McClintock’s 127th Street Repertory Ensemble

by Elizabeth M. Cizmar The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 33, Number 2 (Spring 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Ernie McClintock (1937–2003), director, acting teacher, and producer, grounded his work in the Black Power concepts of self-determination and community, but in pursuing a more inclusive theatre company, he […]

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Interviews and Afterviews on “Milestones in Black Theatre”

by Heather S. Nathans The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 33, Number 2 (Spring 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center During the fall of 2020 I had the privilege of interviewing a group of groundbreaking scholars in Black Theatre: Harry Elam, Jr., E. Patrick Johnson, David Krasner, Bernth Lindfors, […]

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Introduction to “Milestones in Black Theatre”

This special issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre was initially envisioned as a celebration of the inimitable Errol Hill’s contributions to Black Theatre in American history. Hill’s centennial asks us to reflect on the long history of American performance and the impact of Black lives on the American theater. Errol Hill did […]

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Prologue to the Issue and a Thank-you to Errol Hill

In 1986, during my first year at Dartmouth College, I had the good fortune to take a seminar on Black Theatre with Professor Errol Hill (1921-2003).[1] More than thirty years later I still count myself lucky to have had my introduction to the history of Black Theatre under Errol’s guidance. His rigorous scholarship and penetrating […]

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Special Thanks

Thank you to the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Black Theatre Association, and the Black Theatre Network for supporting the creation of this special issue. Many thanks to the guest editorial team, Mark Cosdon, Stephanie Engel, La Donna Forsgren, Javier Hurtado, Mia Levenson, Khalid Long, Derek Miller, Monica White Ndounou, and Scot Reese. Thank […]

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