Paul K. Bryant-Jackson

Professor of Theatre
Director of Graduate Studies

201 Center for Performing Arts (513) 529-1406

Paul received an A.B. in Theatre from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Playwriting from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Certificate of Management from the Wharton School of Business, and a Certificate of Dramaturgy from the University of Amsterdam. He has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Ford Foundation, and The Coca Cola Foundation among others.

An active scholar/artist, he has been invited to guest lecture at a number of national and international institutions, including New York University, University of Massachusetts, The Ohio State University, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Fourth International Theatre Conference at the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. He is a regular contributor to the journal Blackstream.

Paul’s teaching, directing and research interests rest at the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Selected publications include:

  • Intersecting Boundaries:  The Theater of Adrienne Kennedy, Paul K. Jackson and Lois Overbeck, eds. University of Minnesota Press, 1992.

  • Performing Spelman: Theatre, Warrior Women, and a Dramaturgy of Liberation, with Joan McCarty, Radical Acts Aunt Lute Press, Summer 2007.

  • Something Unspoken: White Terror at Belle Reve, Blue Mountain, and St. Cloud (with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong), playscript, Blackstream Vol.III, A Publication of the Black Theatre Association, A Focus Group of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Bryant-Jackson, ed., 2006.

  • Obatala in Revolutionary (Postmodern) Diaspora invited to participate in special forum on Black Performance, Harry Elam, and Theatre Journal, December 2005.

  • "Public Spaces and Black Performances of Resistance: Atlanta, GA " (with James D. Engstrom Ph.D. /Geography), Blackstream, Vol. II, A Publication of the Black Theatre Association, A Focus Group of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Bryant-Jackson, ed., 2004.

  • “Kennedy’s ‘Travellers’ and the American and African Continuum,” (reprint) in Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora, Paul Carter Harrison, Victor Leo Walker, and Gus Edwards eds., Temple University Press, 2002.

  • Exploring the Cultural Spaces of Pearl Cleage, ” Program Article for University of Iowa Summer Rep Playbill, Iowa City, IA, 2002.

At Miami, Paul teaches classes in cultural, ethnic, and gender in dramatic literature, and directs for the production season.

Directing credits at Miami include:

  • The Ohio State Murders, Adrienne Kennedy, 2008.

  • A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller, 2006.

  • Bourbon at the Border, Pearl Cleage, 2005. (Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Finalist)

  • The Devils, John Whiting,  2004.

  • Venus, Suzan Lori-Parks, 2002.

  • Once on this Island, Ahrens and Flaherty et al,  2000.

  • The Drinking Gourd, Lorraine Hansberry, 2000.