Lecturer in Theatre Arts
Margit Edwards, a Doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY, her research interests include 20th & 21st century Africana theatre and performance, theories of coloniality/modernity, and transcultural African dance dramaturgy. She has been a Fellow with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and Caribbean (IRADAC) and a recipient of the Dean K. Harrison Fellowship. She currently teaches in the Department of Communication and Theater Arts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and has taught at several other CUNY campuses, including City College of New York and Baruch College. Ms. Edwards recently produced roundtables and Artist Talks, called Africana Dance Dramaturgies: How do we represent? with choreographers and dramaturgs from West Africa, the US and the Caribbean at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. In addition, Ms. Edwards has participated in discussions on the Black Archive with the Institute on Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), black dance archival practices at Gibney Dance Studio: Long Table Discussion series, and post show discussions, with 651Arts, Inc. Ms. Edwards artistic life includes being a founding member of Viver Brasil Dance Company (Los Angeles), Five Moon Theatre (NYC), and most recently movement choreographer for ALAT – A Laboratory for Actor Training (NYC). Recent publication: “African Performance in the Feast of St. Francis Xavier in 17th century Luanda, Angola” in The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (2018).