Residence Hall Director
Theater Studies and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, 2015
Highest Honors in Theater Studies for Honors Thesis "Failure in Excess, Desire in Abundance: The Aesthetic Queering of Black Masculinity and Performative Utopias"
What are you currently doing? Plans for the next few years?I am currently working as a Residence Hall Director at Emory University, but I hope to pursue graduate studies (both MA and PhD) in Performance Studies at New York University in the next few years.
What were some of your highlights through Theater at Emory?THEA 120 with Jan Akers made me want to be a Theater Studies major because of how pedestrian acting seemed. THEA 222: Speeches and Monologues with Tim McDonough taught me how to be a better actor. It was a challenging course, but I came out better than I would have ever thought as an actor, performer, and director. THEA 389: Introduction to Performance Studies with Rizvana Bradley was also a great course because it extended my love for performance into the other things that I began to interest myself in (i.e., critical race, gender, sexuality). Being the Artistic Director of AHANA Theater as a second year student. Having the opportunity to direct for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf with my own vision. Getting the chance to perform with Theater Emory's 2013-2014 season--not once, but three different times. As well as having the freedom to develop my honors thesis performance and stage it as I saw fit.
What is your advice to current and prospective students?
Take every class that you can! Take your necessary classes as early as possible, so you can have more time to develop and take the courses you really want to take. Make sure to talk to every professor in the department, make sure that they know your face. Don't be afraid to make your own work and develop your own projects, ideas, thoughts--Theater at Emory is the place to creatively expand.