Department of Theater and Dance
Cheryl Black

Cheryl Black

Job Title
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater
Yulman Theater 119

Areas of expertise

Theatre History, esp. early-mid 20th c. U.S., feminist and women's theatre, African American theatre, Acting, Directing

Curriculum vitae

Research interests

Women in theatre, African American theatre, US history and culture, and dramaturgy/adaptation.

Teaching interests

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.

Areas of interest

Classrooms, libraries & archives, and stages. Reading, travel, art (all genres and mediums) and history.

Academic credentials

PHD, University of Maryland; MA University of South Carolina; BA Charleston Southern University