Areas of Interest
Direction, Dramaturgy, Literary Criticism, and Performance Studies
Acting, African American Theatre History I & II, Introduction to Theatre, Investigating August Wilson, Reimagining Communities, and Theatre in a Post-Racial Age
A child of military parents who settled in Hampton, VA in 1989, Artisia Green received her BA in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2000 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. She began her career in collegiate education in 2004 and since that time has taught students at Morgan State University, Chicago State University (tenured), and the Purdue University Black Cultural Center as an Artist-in Residence. Artisia returned to the College of William and Mary in 2010 and was recently appointed the 2016-2019 Sharpe Associate Professor of Civic Renewal and Entrepreneurship of Theatre and Africana Studies and Program Director of Africana Studies. An award winning interdisciplinary educator (Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and a College of William and Mary NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Faculty), Artisia’s main pedagogical goal is to develop responsible, empathetic, intellectual leaders who value critical inquiry and diversity of thought.
Artisia’s direction has three aims: 1) to bring stories to life through the power of live performance, 2) to provide a platform for the voices of the historically marginalized to make for a more inclusive American theatrical landscape, and 3) to respond to the forces which constantly challenge our humanity. Her direction of productions and readings have been witnessed on a number of educational, community, and professional stages including William and Mary (Crowns, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Ruined), Morgan State University, Chicago State University, Lehman College, Hampton University, Primary Stages – 45th Street Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, Theatre IV and Theatre Virginia for the New Voices for the Theatre Festival, the African-American Repertory Theatre (formerly Living Word Stage Company), and eta Creative Arts Foundation. Artisia’s direction of eta’s production of Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love earned her a 2013 Best Direction nomination from the Black Theatre Alliance.
Also a dramaturg, Artisia works primarily in the area of new play development. She has served as a literary reader for the Playwright’s Development Institute at eta Creative Arts Foundation, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Communities, the Aldridge Repertory Theatre, and the Pierce Agency, LLC. She has contributed to the development of plays by playwrights such as Michael Bradford, Daniel Beaty, Cheryl Hall, and Ekundayo Bandele and presented audience education talks on production and artistic process for Cadence Theatre Company, Iron Street Productions, Virginia Stage Company, and the James River Writers Show.
Artisia’s current scholarship is in articulating how Yorùbá philosophy is used as a dramaturgical tool in creative expression. 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” published in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspectives on the Plays 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 Drama, Theatre and Performance). Her research has been accepted for presentation at conferences and symposia hosted by the Black Theatre Network, the Braxton Institute, the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa, the Dillard University/Harvard Hutchins Center Black Arts Movement International Conference, and the August Wilson Society.
Leadership and service is part of Artisia’s civic responsibility as a member of the collegiate, professional and local communities. Her numerous governance positions in higher education and the community are rooted in matters of education, the arts, equity, and inclusion. She has served on a number of university level committees, including the College of William and Mary's Task Force on Race and Race Relations. From 2010-2012, Artisia was the President of the Black Theatre Network, a national organization dedicated to the exploration and preservation of theatrical visions of the African diaspora. From 2014-2015, Artisia served as Chair of the ACT-SO Committee of the York, James City County, Williamsburg branch of the NAACP. She currently serves on the Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission. In this capacity, Artisia works with a team community leaders to promote and commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in English North America.