1st Edition

Black Acting Methods
Critical Approaches

ISBN 9781138907621
Published October 10, 2016 by Routledge
254 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Black Acting Methods seeks to offer alternatives to the Euro-American performance styles that many actors find themselves working with. 

A wealth of contributions from directors, scholars and actor trainers address afrocentric processes and aesthetics, and interviews with key figures in Black American theatre illuminate their methods. This ground-breaking collection is an essential resource for teachers, students, actors and directors seeking to reclaim, reaffirm or even redefine the role and contributions of Black culture in theatre arts. 

Table of Contents

Order of Offerings

FOREWORD: The Blessing by Molefi Kete Asante


INTRODUCTION: The Affirmation by Sharrell D. Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer

Methods of Social Activism

OFFERING 1 The Hendricks Method

Sharrell D. Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer


Cristal Chanelle Truscott

OFFERING 3 Nudging the Memory-Creating Performance with the Medea Project:

Theatre for Incarcerated Women

Rhodessa Jones

OFFERING 4 Art Saves Lives: Rebecca Rice and the Performance of Black Feminist

Improv for Social Change

Lisa Biggs

Methods of Intervention

OFFERING 5 Seeing Shakespeare through Brown Eyes

Justin Emeka

OFFERING 6 Ritual Poetic Drama Within the African Continuum:

the journey from Shakespeare to Shange

Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

OFFERING 7 Remembering, Rewriting, and Re-Imagining: Afrocentric Approaches to

Directing New Work for the Theatre

Clinnesha Sibley

Methods of Cultural Plurality

OFFERING 8 The Hip Hop Theatre Initiative: We the ‘Griot’

Daniel Banks

OFFERING 9 Kadogo Mojo: Global Crossings in the Theatre

Aku Kadogo

OFFERING 10 #Unyielding Truth: Employing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Kashi Johnson and Daphnie Sicre

Reflections from Distinguished Practitioners

OFFERING 11 Rituals, Processes, and/or Methods from Distinguished Practitioners

Judyie Al-Bilali, Timothy Bond, Sheldon Epps, Shirley Jo Finney,

Nataki Garrett, Anita Gonzalez, Paul Carter Harrison, Robbie McCauley,

Seret Scott, Tommie ‘Tonea’ Stewart, Talvin Wilks

OFFERING 12 Words of Wisdom from Distinguished Practitioners

Judyie Al-Bilali, Timothy Bond, Walter Dallas, Sheldon Epps,

Shirley Jo Finney, Kamilah Forbes, Nataki Garrett, Anita Gonzalez,

Paul Carter Harrison, Ron Himes, Kym Moore, Seret Scott,

Talvin Wilks


APPENDIX: Recommendations for Acting/Performance Programs

that Seek to Provide Equitable Training







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Sharrell D. Luckett is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Scholarship at Muhlenberg College.

Tia M. Shaffer is Theatre Director and Fine Arts Chair at South Atlanta High School in Atlanta Public Schools. She also serves as Director for Youth and Children’s Ministries at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.