Areas of expertise
Theatre History, esp. early-mid 20th c. U.S., feminist and women's theatre, African American theatre, Acting, Directing
Women in theatre, African American theatre, US history and culture, and dramaturgy/adaptation.
Theatre history, dramatic literatire, performance, and dramaturgy.
Books: The Women of Provincetown, 1915-1922 (authored); Great North American Stage Directors: Belasco, Hopkins, Webster (edited); Experiments in Democracy: interracial and Cross Cultural Exchange in American Theatre (co-edited) Modern American Drama: the 1990s (co-edited). have contributed numerous chapters to essay collections and journals.
Dr. Black was directed 30+ shows (favorites include Suzan Lori Parks's Father Comes Home from the Wars and Mary Zimmerman's Argonautika and her own adaptations of novels by Susan Glaspell, Jane Austen, and others; recent performances include Fanny Church in Painting Churches; Soccer Mom in The Wolves; Pamela in "Lights" (independent film ).
Fellow in the College of Fellows of American Theatre; Fellow of the Mid-America Theatre Conference; Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teaching Award (from the Assoc. for Theatre in Higher Education); Betty Jean Jones Teaching Award (from American Theatre and Drama Society).
University of Missouri: Kemper Award for Outstanding Teaching; Gold Chalk Award for graduate teaching; Curators Professorship; named Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in Fine and Performing Arts.