1st Edition

Black Acting Methods Critical Approaches

Edited By Sharrell Luckett, Tia M. Shaffer Copyright 2017
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    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. 

    Chapter 7 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    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

    OFFERING 2 SoulWork

    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








    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.