Research

WOMEN’S THEATRE AND ACTIVISM IN JAMAICA AND SOUTH AFRICA

Watch me speak about my research, with reference to Sistren Theatre Collective, Jamaica and The Mothertongue Project, South Africa here.

My research and upcoming book analyzes how African and African-descended women  utilize theatre as feminist and gender activism, with a focus on the work of four groups, projects and organizations in Jamaica and South Africa. These are, Sistren Theatre Collective and the Memory, Urban Violence and Performance Project in Jamaica, and The Mothertongue Project and Olive Tree Theatre in South Africa. I  examine how the organizations engage in feminist and gender conscious activism through performance, by closely analyzing their bodies of work. I locate the performances within a larger context of Jamaican and South African theatre as well as Africana women’s performance-based activism globally.

Theatre engages with women’s ontology, thereby offering subjective understandings that supplement as well as critique non-performance-based forms of activism. South Africa and Jamaica have many differences in terms of history, culture, geography and demographics. My research emphasizes women’s common experiences in these two countries, and in particular, Black women’s ongoing struggles against racial and gendered socioeconomic inequalities. It contributes to broadening the collection of transnational and intercultural scholarship on feminist/women’s theatre.

hannah-town-picMe with members of the Hannah Town Cultural Group, creators and performers of “A Slice of Reality”in Hannah Town, Kingston, Jamaica, June 2015.