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Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson

Actor, Scholar, Activist

Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson is an actor, scholar, activist, (intimacy) director, dancer, poet and award-winning writer from Brooklyn, NY. With an MFA from CalArts and a PhD from UMass Amherst, she uses theatre and performance to investigate pleasure, sexuality, and human rights. Her critical and creative work appears in Routledge, Black Camera, Qualitative Inquiry, Boston University Press, International Review of Qualitative Research, Theatre Topics, Howlround and Research in Drama Education. Dr. Mackie has directed or intimacy directed productions at The Huntington, Fresh Ink Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre in NYC, Arts at the Armory (Somerville), The Rockwell, and the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival. She is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies and Women’s Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Mackie also hosts a Youtube channel on comedy and dance (Dr. AyshiaTV) and is the Founder/CEO of AfroGoddess Theatre & TV.

 

Intimacy Directing for Theatre Book Release: Reading Number One 
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Intimacy Directing for Theatre Book Release: Reading Number One 

Celebrate the Release of the First Textbook to Address Intimacy and Consent Work in our Theatre Classrooms.

Wednesday 21 Februrary 2024
United States
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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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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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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.

Intimacy Directing for Theatre Book Release
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Intimacy Directing for Theatre Book Release

Celebrate the Release of the First Textbook to Address Intimacy and Consent Work in our Theatre Classrooms.

Celebrate the release of the first textbook to address intimacy and consent work in our theatre classrooms.