Jordan Ealey

Teaching Assistant
1801 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Jordan Ealey is a first-year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies.  Her dissertation research is on representations and embodiment of black girlhood on the theatrical stage through a critical engagement of black feminist theory, critical race theory, and performance studies. Jordan's areas of expertise and interests are in black feminist theories of the human, black feminist/womanist theatrical praxis, black girlhood studies, black musical traditions, black performance theory, popular culture, and visuality. As an artist-scholar, Jordan is also a playwright and dramaturg. 


  • MA, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD
  • BA, Theatre/English, Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

Areas of Specialization/Interest:

Black Girlhood Studies, Black Theatre and Performance, Black Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Black Musical Traditions, Popular Culture, and Visuality

Conference Presentations:

"Young, Bubbly, and Black: Performing Black Girlhood in Kirsten Childs's The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin," International Girls Studies Association Conference, Notre Dame, IN, February 2019.

"'Baby, I am shedding my chameleon skin': Bubbly Black Girl As a Black Feminist Intervention," National Women's Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2018.


I've Been A Woman, directed by Christen Mandracchia. Second Season: Cafritz Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park. April 2019. 
-Page to Stage Festival: directed by Leticia Ridley, Kennedy Center, September 2018. 

I Don't, directed by Brian MacDeviit. Fearless New Play Festival: Dance Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park, March 2019. 

Self Portrait With Dirty Hair, directed by Manna-Symone Middlebrooks. Womxn On Fire Festival, Keegan Theatre, February 2019.


Flyin' West, co-directed by Scot Reese and Alvin Mayes. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, November 2019.


2018-2019, African American Digital Humanities Scholar
2019, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention