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Jordan Ealey

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Graduate Student, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

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Jordan Ealey is a second-year doctoral student in Theatre and Performance Studies. Areas of expertise and interests include black theatre and performance, black feminist theories and praxis, black musical traditions, (black) performance theory, popular entertainment, and black girlhood studies. Jordan’s dissertation examines black women’s theatrical and cinematic musical histories in the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries. Engaged in public scholarship, Jordan is the co-producer and co-host of Daughters of Lorraine, a podcast on black theatre through a black feminist lens, which is supported by HowlRound Theatre Commons. Jordan is also a freelance playwright and dramaturg.

Education/Training:

  • 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 Theatre and Performance, Black Feminist Theories and Praxis, Black Musical Theatre History, Black Sonic Traditions, Sound Studies, Black Girlhood Studies, Popular Entertainment, Black Women’s Performance Cultures, Practice As Research, and Visual Culture

Publications:

“Young, Bubbly, and Black: The Affective Performance of Black Girlhood in Kirsten Childs’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.” The Black Scholar 50.4, (forthcoming).

Performance review of School Girls, or, The African Mean Girls Play. By Jocelyn Bioh. In Theatre Journal, June 2020.

Selected Conference Presentations:

“All the Musicals Are White, All the Composers Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: The Black Feminist Musical Theatre Aesthetic,” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2020.

"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.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society For Theatre Research (ASTR)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • American Studies Association (ASA)
  • National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Black Women’s Studies Association (BWSA)
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)

Representative Productions:

  • Dramaturg, RAPunzel by Jasmine Mitchell, 2020 Fearless New Play Festival
  • Dramaturg, Rip by Danielle Deadwyler, Synchronicity Theatre
  • Dramaturg, Locked by Mia Smith, Hush Harbor Lab
  • Playwright, I’ve Been A Woman; 2018-2019 Second Season
  • Playwright, I Don’t; 2019 Fearless New Play Festival
  • Playwright, Self Portrait With Dirty Hair; Womxn On Fire Festival, The Keegan Theatre

Honors/Awards:

  • 2018-2019, Mellon Foundation African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities Scholar
  • 2019, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention

Awards & Grants

PhD student Jordan Ealey selected as 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

PhD student Jordan Ealey selected as 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

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PhD student Jordan Ealey was selected to be a 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

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Service & Outreach

Ph.D. students Leticia Ridley and Jordan Ealey are the "Daughters of Lorraine"

TDPS Ph.D. students launch a new podcast about Black theater in the Washington, DC region

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Lead: Leticia Ridley, Jordan Ealey
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Daughters of Lorraine podcast

Ph.D. candidate Leticia Ridley and Ph.D. student Jordan Ealey have created a new podcast called “Daughters of Lorraine,” available on HowlRound Theatre Commons. The podcast features reviews of Black theater productions, current national conversations around, within, and about Black theatre, academic discussions concerning Black theatre, recommendations on Black theatre scripts and interviews with Black theatre artists.

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