Leticia Ridley

Teaching Assistant
1801 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Leticia is a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, a 2017-2018 African American Digital Humanities Scholar and a second-year doctoral student in the Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a scholar, playwright, and dramaturg whose research interests include Black Theatre and Performance, American Popular Culture, and Black Feminism. Broadly, Leticia’s research focuses on African American representation and performance in theatre and popular culture, with particular attention paid to the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Leticia’s current dissertation project employs a Black Feminist methodology that focuses on how musical artist Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and tennis superstar Serena Williams imagine the flesh as a site of possibility. Leticia’s dissertation project will underscore how these women cannot be “written off” as mere entertainers, but rather it will highlight how their work must be recognized as contributing to the agency and self-defining expressions for and by Black women in America.


BA, Communication, University of Califorina, San Diego

Conference Presentations (representative):

Roundtable: “Revisiting and Revising: August Wilson’s Influence on American Historiography," August Wilson Society Symposium, Washington, DC. October 2016. (Forthcoming)

“Transgressive Womanhood: Reexamining Gender Politics in Angelina Weld Grimke’s Rachel”  Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL. August 2016.

“Searching for Saartjie Baartman: (Re)Constructing Black Womanhood in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus,”  Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD. April 2016.

Oral History Archive: Compton Cookout (Senior Seminar), University of California, San Diego. Winter 2013

Dramaturgy (representative productions):

The Call by Tanya Barfield, directed by Elanor Holdridge. Clarice Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, August 2016 – October 2016

Mbuzeni by Koleka Putma, directed by Alvin Mayes. New Visions/New Voices: New Work for Young Audiences, A Collaboration between The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Maryland, December 2015- April 2016.


Blood Memory by Leticia Ridley, directed by Khalid Long. Second Season: The Cafritz Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park.  November 2016.

Professional Affiliations (Current):

Graduate Student Representative, Black Theatre Association (BTA)
Member, American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)