Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson

Scholar, Intimacy Director, Writer

Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson is a director, playwright and award-winning poet from Brooklyn, NY. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Performing Fusion Theatre in Boston, whose mission is to promote multiculturalism through the integration of art forms. With an MFA from the California Institute of Arts and a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ayshia uses media and performance to investigate human rights, race and sexuality. Her critical and creative work have appeared in Black Camera, Qualitative Inquiry, Boston University Press, Open to Interpretation, Imaginary Friends Press, A Gathering of the Tribes, International Review of Qualitative Research, and is forthcoming in Research and Drama Education. She has directed productions at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center, Eggtooth Productions, The Arts Block (Greenfield, MA), Jewel Box Theatre in NYC, Arts at the Armory, Davis Square Theatre, and The Rockwell (Somerville, MA). She is Assistant Professor of Art and Performance Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. https://www.ayshiastephenson.com/ https://www.performingfusiontheatre.com/

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Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director: Black Love and Human Rights
Essay

Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director: Black Love and Human Rights

7 June 2021

Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson believes that when it comes to intimacy directing, choreography can celebrate Black love as an act of racial and sexual justice.

Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia
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Video

Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia

A talk on Black sex, Black bodies, and Black love led by Dr. Ayshia Stephenson

Monday 15 March 2021
United States
One Love: A Racial Justice Theatre Workshop with Dr. Ayshia
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Video

One Love: A Racial Justice Theatre Workshop with Dr. Ayshia

One Love pedagogy, a racial justice method for teaching and learning theatre

Monday 22 February 2021
United States
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Remembering The Death of the Last Black Man
Essay

Remembering The Death of the Last Black Man

On How Black Theatre Is Essential

5 October 2020

Dr. Ayshia E. Stephenson revisits the 2016 Signature Theatre production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, which she believes stands as a testament to why Black theatre matters and is essential to resisting white supremacy.