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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Leticia Ridley

Leticia Ridley
Assistant Professor

Leticia Ridley is a theatre historian and performance studies scholar whose research works at the intersections of Black feminism, Black Studies, performance theory, and Black digital humanities. Her research interests include Black theatre and performance, American popular culture, and sports. She is currently working on her book project, tentatively titled Hypervisibility Renderings: Black Feminist Performance in the 20th and 21st Centuries, which examines contemporary Black women’s performance cultures, or the ways that Black women artists, athletes, and musicians (who all occupy the position of celebrity) make culture that articulates their definitions of self and constructs alternative frameworks for themselves and other Black women to occupy. You can find her writing in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, and forthcoming in Journal of American Drama and Theatre and A Routledge Anthology of Sport Plays.

Ridley received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies with graduate certificates in Women and Gender Studies, Digital Studies and Critical Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has been supported by the Ford Foundation.