Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Teaching Assistant

Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe is a first year doctoral student in Theatre and Performance Studies at University of Maryland, Series Editor for NoPassport Press’s Dreaming the Americas Series, a freelance dramaturg, the inaugural 2017-18 Humanities Scholar at Mosaic Theater Company, and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Voice and Speech Review. Current projects include Dramaturg for The Devil’s Music: The Life an Blues of Bessie Smith, The Real Americans, and Paper Dolls at Mosaic Theater Company, The Great Society at Arena Stage, and #poolparty by Jennifer Mendendall. He has developed new works by such writers as Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Nathan Alan Davis, Colman Domingo, Kirsten Greenidge, Noah Haidle, Jacqueline E. Lawton and Tarell Alvin McCraney and at such organization as Sundance Institute, National New Play Network, Kennedy Center, The Phillips Collection, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and Arena Stage. Previously, he was a Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, Company Philosopher and Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, Future Classics Program Coordinator at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Literary Manager and First Look Coordinator at Center Stage in Baltimore, and an Allen Lee Hughes Senior Fellow at Arena Stage. He holds degrees from New York University (MA in Performance Studies) and the University of Notre Dame (BA in Film, Television, and Theatre). Mr. Ramsey-Zöe’s chief research interests include the intersection of black performance and the avant-garde. Additional topics of interest include insurgency in American and international dramas, failure, utopia, the means by which invisibility / visibility / hypervisibility are theatricalized in performance, theatre historiography, and Classics.