Monica White Ndounou

Spotlight on THEA 10.55: Curating a National Black Theater Museum

In Spring 2019, Associate Professor of Theater Dr. Monica White Ndounou offered a new course: Curating a National Black Theater Museum, focusing on black theater history and legacy. For Stephanie Everett '19, the class was "about reconciling what kinds of black art we have lost and what we have kept, what has made it into mainstream museums, what has made it to Broadway, and how we can positively impact and educate others about everything that is out there."

In the News: Monica White Ndounou

Hollywood still has a diversity problem

By Monica White Ndounou, opinion contributor — 07/31/19 11:02 AM  (The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill)

Article published on The

With the recent announcement of the Emmy nominations, it’s clear that Hollywood still hasn’t fixed its diversity problem. It’s disappointing, but not surprising to find that this year’s nominees include only 24 acting nominations for people of color, a significant decrease from the record 38 nominations last year. While there was several notable nods for Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson and Phylicia Rashad, actors of color were still shut out of numerous categories, including lead actress in a Comedy.

“Experiencing Black Theater in America” Exhibition

Students in Professor Ndounou’s spring ’19 course, THEA 10.55/AAAS 32.15 Curating a National Black Theater Museum, curated an exhibit currently being displayed at the Rauner Library. “Experiencing Black Theater in America” will be on display in the Rauner Special Collections Library’s Class of 1965 Galleries from June 7—Sept. 6, 2019.

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Upcoming Panel Discussion: Curating Black Experiences

From Classics to New Works:
Curating Black Experiences in Museums, Theatres, and New Territories

Thursday, May 9
Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art

What are the limitations and possibilities of curating a season of black theatre, curating a story of black experiences, curating a course or a museum exhibit on black culture, etc.? What resources do black artists bring to the table in spite of the white supremacist power structures with which we have to contend? With Jarvis Green, Producing Artistic Director and Founder of JAG Productions, Vermont’s first black theatre production company; Miranda Haymon, Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning writer, director and deviser of performance; and Monica White Noudounou, Associate Professor of Theatre and Convener of the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit.
This conversation is sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, DCAL, The Department of Theater, The CRAFT Institute, and the Dartmouth Society of Fellows.

"Finding Wakanda Within", American Theatre Magazine

Feature | March 2019 | The State of Black Theatre February 26, 2019

Finding Wakanda Within

Last fall’s International Black Theatre Summit looked for ways to capitalize on Black cultural success.

By Monica White Ndounou

History repeated itself, and the possibilities for the future were revealed, as we organized the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit, “Breaking New Ground Where We Stand,” which took place at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., last Sept. 26-29. That this 20th anniversary of the 1998 National Black Theatre Summit, “On Golden Pond,” came in the wake of the stellar box-office performance of the film Black Panther felt like timing that was beyond serendipitous.

Professor featured in American Theatre Magazine

Associate Professor of Theater Monica White Ndounou was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine, the industry's pre-eminent publication, in an interview with Dr. Nicole Hodges Persely of the University of Kansas that focused on the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit.

Convened by Dr. Ndounou at Dartmouth College in September 2018, the International Black Theatre Summit brought together Black theatre artists, producers, and other visionaries in commemoration of August Wilson's legendary 1996 speech "The Ground on Which I Stand" and a subsequent event which he held at Dartmouth in 1998. Following up on September's event, Dr. Ndounou spoke with Dr. Persely Nicole Hodges Persley in American Theatre Magazine about the summit, its inspiration, and ways forward for Black theatre throughout the African diaspora. Read the article HERE!