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Ayshia Stephenson

Scholar, Intimacy Director, Writer

Dr. Ayshia E. 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 Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA.

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Remembering The Death of the Last Black Man

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.