Dr. Anthony D. Hill, writer, director, administrator, and associate professor of drama in the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University, has also taught at Vassar College, University of California at Santa Barbara. He has concentrated on previously marginalized theatre practices, African American and American theatre history, and performance theory and criticism. He currently focuses on the life and works of August Wilson, and African American Cinema, and Black masculinity in the works of African American male playwrights. Hill is author with Douglas Q. Barnett of Historical Dictionary of African American Theater (Scarecrow Press, 2008, 642 pgs.). His book Pages from the Harlem Renaissance: A Chronicle of Performance (Peter Lang, 1996, 186 pgs.) is now in its third reprint. He is featured in Whose Who in Black Columbus (2006 ed.). His essays have appeared in such journals as Text and Presentation, Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference; Black Studies: Current Issues, Enduring Questions; and African American Review (formerly Black American Literature Forum). He contributed historical articles to Dr. Quintard Taylor’s on-line Pursuing the Past in the Twenty-first Century; a book review in The Journal of the Southern Central Modern Language Association; and was contributing editor for History of the Theatre (9th ed.), Theatre Studies, and Elimu. Hill received degrees in theatre at the University of Washington (B.A.), Queens College (M.A.), and in performance studies at New York University (Ph.D.).
In the following account the authors Anthony D. Hill, associate professor of drama at The Ohio State University, and Douglas Q. Barnett, director, producer, and founder of Black Arts/West in Seattle, discuss why they created the Historical Dictionary of African American Theater, the first comprehensive … Read MoreThe Black Presence in Theater through the Centuries in the Historical Dictionary of African American Theater