Leticia Ridley is a second year M.A. Student in Theatre and Performance Studies of University of Maryland, College Park. She is a playwright, dramaturg, and scholar with interests include Black theatre and Performance, American Popular Culture, and Black Feminism with an emphasis on the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She is currently writing a new play based on the lynching drama, Rachel and her M.A. thesis will look at the new Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.
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)