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
Omiyẹmi Artisia Green is the Sharpe Associate Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies and Director of the Program in Africana Studies at William & Mary. She is also a W. Taylor Reveley, III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow and a WMSURE Faculty Fellow. Her research, creative scholarship and publications are about Black Theatre and performance, dramaturgy, community engagement, and Yorùbá based aesthetics. She teaches a wide range of courses that allow her to share her expertise in these areas with students, including African-American Theatre History I & II, Theatre in a Post-Racial Age, The Black American Story and Reimagining Communities. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she taught one for the Sharpe program: Reimagining Communities. In the coming academic year, she will teach The Black American Story for the Sharpe program, and a new course, Black Approaches to Acting. In the spring she will co-teach a new course with Professor Amy Quark.
In 2014, she was selected to attend the 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 Yorùbá based aesthetics in the work of August Wilson. She has published a book chapter in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspectives on the Plays, three reviews, and two articles with Continuum: the Journal of African/Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance, and she has a forthcoming sidebar on August Wilson in “African American Culture: From Dashikis to Yoruba” (Greenwood Press). Omiyẹmi directed the play “Hoodoo Love” for the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago, which earned her a 2013 Best Direction nomination from the Black Theatre Alliance Awards.
From 2007 to 2014, she was an executive board member of the Black Theatre Network, also serving as president from 2010 to 2012. She was a member of the executive board of the August Wilson Society from 2016-2018 and currently serves as a consultant to the board. She is a member-at-large on the Black Theatre Association Executive Board (ATHE), an associate editor of Continuum: the Journal of African/Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance, and is a resident dramaturg with Cadence Theatre Company in Richmond, VA.
Professor Green frequently presents her work at conferences around the world. Earlier this year, she gave a talk on “Aesthetics of Ọya in reading and Staging Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour” for the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates in Trinidad &
Tobago as well as for the Black Theatre Network in Winston-Salem. Last year, she gave a lecture at the Braxton Institute in Washington, DC and participated in a roundtable at the August Wilson Society in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2017, Green gave a talk at the World Humanities Conference in Liège, Belgium on “Reading the Oracular System of Ifá in the Pittsburgh Cycle” and presented “The Kojoda as a Dramatic Structural Device in August Wilson’s Fences” at the 6th Annual Symposium on African and Caribbean Diaspora: Culture and Performance at Christopher Newport University. Most recently she presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference on “Curating "Performance(s) of Stillness" in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate.” As part of her Sharpe professorship, she traveled to Salvador and Cachoeira in Brazil where she studied Afro-Brazilian religious culture and to the Atunfato Temple in Nigeria to study cultural sustainability practices and community organization. She continued this line of study in her recent trip to Teotihuacan and Tepoztlan, Mexico. Her research travels inform her ethnographic choreoritual, Dance of the Orcas, which is a feature performance of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora conference to be held at William & Mary in November. The performance, conceived, written, and directed by her, will feature the Afro-Cuban choreography of Ann Mazzocca Belleci of Christopher Newport University, live music by Alagbara and will include students from both William & Mary and CNU.
Professor Green is also incredibly active on campus. She was the Chair of the Competition for a Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary. She served as a committee member of 50 Years of African Americans in Residence at William & Mary, the Task Force for Race and Relations, and also served as Faculty Director for the Africana House Living & Learning Community from 2012-2014. As one of the resident directors for William & Mary Theatre, she has directed The Children’s Hour, Crowns, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Ruined and will direct Gem of the Ocean in February 2020.
The William & Mary Chapter of the NAACP awarded her the 2013 William & Mary Image Award in recognition of her valuable contributions to the William & Mary community. In 2015, the Nu Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recognized her for her contributions in Theatre and in 2016 she earned an Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Her most recent honor was earning a 2019 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.
Professor Green is a native of Michigan, but claims Virginia as home. She is a product of Hampton City Public Schools, earned her B.A. in Psychology from William & Mary in 2000, and her M.F.A. in Theatre Education (Directing) from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. Before returning to William & Mary, she was previously an associate professor of Communications, Media Arts, and Theatre at Chicago State University and an Artist in Residence with the Black Cultural Center at Purdue University.