Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
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Program Information

The first (and only) graduate program in African American Theatre in the region.

Requires 15 hours of graduate credit—nine (9) hours in African American Theatre, three (3) hours of theatre-related Community Service, three (3) hours of Electives.

Can be completed as a “stand alone” program or in conjunction with another graduate program (any area).

Specially designed for:

  • Persons preparing for professional careers in the theatre arts
  • Teachers, Government and Community Agency Professionals
  • Individuals with a passion for theatre and performance from Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Graduate students at the University of Louisville and other institutions


Course # Description

Credit Hours


TA 566 Advanced History of African American Theatre (or evidence on the transcript of having taken such a course previously.)


TA 654 Community Service in the Arts


Electives in History, Literature and theory (minimum 3 credits)


TA 563 Advanced African American Women in Theatre


TA 565 Advanced Theatre of the African World


TA 664 Approaching African American Theatre


Other electives approved by the Director of the AATP or Department Chair


Electives in Performance, Design, Production and Dramaturgy (minimum 3 credits)


TA 625 Performance Project I (in an approved play)

TA 655 Pedagogy in Acting the Black Experience


TA 532 Advanced Directing the Black Experience


TA 547 Advanced Black Aesthetic on Stage


TA 650 Theatre Internship


TA 655 Independent Study on an approved topic


Electives in Pan African Studies (minimum 3 credits)


Courses must be approved by the Director of the AATP or Department Chair


Total credit hours required



Garry Brown
Associate Professor
Production Manager

Nefertiti Burton
Professor and Chair
African Diaspora Theatre Studies

Jennifer Calvano
Assistant Professor
Acting and Movement

Kevin Gawley
Assistant Professor
Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer

Zhanna Goldentul
Resident Costume Designer

Rachel Hillmer
Assistant Professor
Acting and Voice

Johnny Jones
Assistant Professor
Black Performance Studies

Baron Kelly
Associate Professor
Head of Acting

Janna Segal
Assistant Professor
Theatre History, Literature and Criticism

Russell J. Vandenbroucke
Director of Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation