Artisia Green

Sharpe Associate Professor of Civic Renewal and Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Theatre & Africana Studies

Office: PBK Hall 226
Email: [[avgreen]]
Phone: 757-221-2616
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Areas of Specialization

African American Theatre History and Performance, Direction and Dramaturgy

Courses Taught

African American Theatre History I, African American Theatre History II, Investigating August Wilson, Theatre in a Post-Racial Age, Introduction to Theatre, and Theatre History 500 BC to 1750. 


Artisia Green (BA, College of William and Mary; MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University) has been in collegiate education for almost eleven years working with students at Morgan State University, Chicago State University (tenured), and Purdue University Black Cultural Center as an Artist-in-Residence. She is the incoming Program Director for Africana Studies (Fall 2016), a WMSURE Faculty Fellow, and a member of the Task Force for Race and Race Relations. 

Artisia's current research is in decoding traditional African systems of thought in creative expression with a particular interest in Yorùbá philosophical systems. She was one of twenty-five applicants selected to attend the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, "Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus between Cultural Studies, Religion and Philosophy, where she further developed her research on spiritual expression in black dramatic literature. Her resultant projects are “Resurrecting ‘Phantom Limb[s] of the Dismembered Slave and God’: Unveiling the Africanisms in Gem of the Ocean,” forthcoming in New Critical Essays on August Wilson edited by Sandra G. Shannon (McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers) and “Regina Taylors’ Crowns: the overflow of “memories cupped under the brim” (Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Theatre and Performance). Further building on her summer institute research is Engaging the Odù Ifá through Ritualized Materiality: Katori Hall’s The Blood Quilt, which she presented at the 29th annual Black Theatre Network Conference.

A director and dramaturge, recent plays under her direction include Crowns, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and Ruined for William and Mary Theatre and Hoodoo Love for ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago which earned her a 2013 Best Direction nomination from the Black Theatre Alliance Awards. She also directed the staged readings of Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963, CLASS, The Hampton Years, and The Sisters Grey. Artisia served as literary reader for the Playwright's Development Institute at ETA Creative Arts Foundation, SPARC, and the Aldridge Repertory Theatre.

From 2007-2014, Artisia was an executive board member of the Black Theatre Network, (President from 2010-2012) and is the current coordinator for BTN's S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition. She is also a member of the 2019 Commemorative Commission for the city of Hampton and a member of the ACT-SO Committee of the York, James City County, Williamsburg branch of the NAACP.