Faculty Appointments

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Atlanta GA (2018-present)
Professor of Television and Film

Directing for Film and Television
This course focuses on the practical, creative and technical challenges faced by the director. Students screen and discuss selected films, analyzing specific issues related to framing, screen direction, and camera placement. How to communicate with actors by utilizing the language and methods of contemporary acting techniques and guiding them through a performance that helps best tell the story as envisioned and interpreted from the script. Workshops provide students with practical experience in Pre-Production, how to read and break down a script, staging, creating a shot list, camera placement and how to tell a visual story. The course reflects the importance of the collaborative process of production and the director-actor working relationship.

Directing The Actor
For directors, effective communication and a fundamental knowledge of acting for the camera are essential to realizing their creative visions on screen. Through the examination of seminal film scenes, script analysis, auditions, read-throughs and shooting a short film, students enrich their understanding of the relationship among directors, actors and members of a film crew.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES  (2014- 2018
College of Natural and Social Sciences – Department of Pan African Studies
Lecturer

Ethnicity And Emotions In U.S. Films

Cinema is increasingly becoming an influential medium in the reshaping and transmission of social and cultural representations of human emotions as expressed in racial, ethnic, class, gender-based ideological constructs. This course will examine the constant and integral intersections of ethnicity and emotions in U.S. film relating to the themes of community, citizenship, nationhood, and family. The course focuses on how U.S. film especially is of global significance regarding race and ethnicity and their narratives provoke emotional responses to notions of collective identity such as pride, fear, longing, despair, revenge, rage, anxiety, loneliness and alienation. It will examine the history of how the African American experience in film has been used as a template towards other ethnicities in their portrayals in cinema with regard to stereotypes.

Race and Ethnicity In American Society

An interdisciplinary examination of race and ethnicity in American society. It works to analyze the ways the system of racial classification was constructed and how it is maintained. Additionally, we will investigate how this system perpetuates itself, determines power and the allocation of resources. Film, both fiction and documentary non-fiction, will augment this study.

Literary Explorations Of Justice and Racism In African American Literature
The study of the treatment of civil rights issues, racism and justice in African American Literature from the earliest slave narratives, novels, drama and poetry thru modern theater, television and film.

Intro To Third World Images In Film
The study of third world filmmaking; its subject matter, themes and relationship to Hollywood or lack there of.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE (2014)
College of Humanities Arts & Social Sciences – Department of Theatre
Part Time Faculty
American Theatre, 1900-1945. Lecture.
Examination of the major American playwrights, theatrical figures, and
movements from 1900 through World War II.

American Theatre, 1945-Present. Lecture.
Examination of the major American playwrights, theatrical figures, and
movements from World War II to the present.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – FAYETTEVILLE STATE (2011- 2013)
Visiting Felton J. Capel Distinguished Professor in Performing and Fine Arts
Teach beginning and advanced playwriting
Teach Acting Workshops
Established film shorts – First film festival for and by Fayetteville State students
Commissioned to write and direct a new american play.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY, SOUTH BEND – RACLIN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (2011)
“A Raisin In The Sun” – Guest Director (main stage)

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY –  Los Angeles, CA (2005-2006)
Graduate School of Television and Film
Part Time Faculty – Directing and Scene Analysis
Teaching the fundamentals of directing for film that focuses on the screenplay as the center of the production process.

School of Communications and Fine Arts – Department of Theatre
Part Time Faculty – Acting & Scene Study

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY – La Jolla, CA (2008)
School of Media and Communications
Part Time Faculty – Graduate Screenwriting
Taught graduate course in screenwriting utilizing at distance learning technology.

ST.  JOHN’S UNIVERSITY – Jamaica Queens, NY.  (1988  – 1989)
Part Time Faculty – Teach African American Literature
Developed a course which included the study of Theatre, Novels, Narratives,
Poetry, Film, Television and Social Psychology in African American studies.

YALE UNIVERSITY – YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA – New Haven, CT 1990
Guest Lecture – African American Theatre

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY/CREATIVE ARTS TEAM {CAT}  (1981)
Actor/Teacher (Faculty)
Developed curriculum and taught theater workshops throughout the New York City
Public School System to middle school through High School students.
Performed as an actor in plays based on the developed curriculum and conducted
follow-up workshops which included student assessment tests.

COOPERATIVE HIGH SCHOOL (Arts Magnet School) – New Haven, CT  (1990)
Director of Theatre
Conducted workshops in Acting, Scene Study & Improvisation.
Developed and directed an original play for final production.