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Faculty | Cheryl Black

Cheryl Black

Cheryl Black
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Professor of Acting, Theatre History/Theory/Criticism
phone: 573-882-0530
office: 129D Fine Arts Building
mailing address: 129 Fine Arts, Columbia MO 65211

The Women of Provincetown book jacketElements in DemocracyCheryl Black teaches theatre history, acting, dramaturgy, and dramatic literature. She is an actress (member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild), playwright, director and dramaturg. Black is the author of The Women of Provincetown, 1915-1922 (University of Alabama Press, 2002), co-editor, with Jonathan Shandell, of Experiments in Democracy: Interracial and Cross-Cultural Exchange in American Theatre, 1912-1945 (SIU Press, 2016), co-editor, with Sharon Friedman, of Decades of Modern American Drama: the 1990s (Bloomsbury Methuen, forthcoming), and has published essays in Blackwell’s Companion to American Literature, ed. by Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson and Michael Soto (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming), Staging a Cultural Paradigm: the Political and the Personal in American Drama (edited by Barbara Ozieblo & Miriam López-Rodriguez), Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works (edited by Sharon Friedman), Violence in American Drama: Essays on its Staging, Meaning, and Effects (edited by Alfonso Ceballos and Bernardo Muñoz), The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Survey, Slavic and East European Performance, Theatre History Studies, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre Studies, the African American National Biography (edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Notable American Women (edited by Susan Ware), and Facts on Files' Companion to American Drama (edited by Jackson Bryer). She is the recipient of a University of Missouri Research Board Grant (2000), a Summer Stipend Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2003), a University of Missouri Faculty Development Grant (2004), and a Research Council Grant (2010). She received a Gold Chalk Award for Excellence in Graduate Education in 2007, an MU William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2013, and in 2012 was named ATHE’s Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education.

Black is currently President of the American Theatre and Drama Society, Executive Council Member of the International Susan Glaspell Society, and a Fellow of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. She served as Book Review Editor of Theatre History Studies from 2006-2013, on the Editorial Board of Theatre Topics from 2009-2015, and Guest Edited the Spring 2014 volume of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Recent dramatic adaptations include Performing Bohemia: The Masses, the Players, and The People, Pride and Prejudice, Hedda Gabler and Dracula (with LR Hults), Much Ado About Nothing (with Patricia Downey), The School for Scandal, As You Like It (with Adrianne Adderley), and William Wells Brown’s Leap for Freedom (co-author Renee Pringle, with assistance from mentor Sue Zizza) for the National Audio Theatre Festival. She has directed seventeen productions for MU Theatre, MU Summer Rep, and Mizzou on Broadway. Recent directing credits include Mary Zimmerman’s Argonautika, Susan Glaspell’s Trifles and The Verge, and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.