Djola Branner, associate professor of theatre, received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, his M.A. from San Francisco State University, and his M.F.A. from the New School for Drama (formerly known as Actors Studio Drama School).
His interdisciplinary work, which combines music, movement, and text as language, explores the broad gray area between performance art and theatre, and gives voice to individuals historically absent from the stage.
He has presented throughout the U.S. and abroad, contributed to such anthologies as Voices Rising, Colored Contradictions, and Staging Gay Lives, and published one book of collected plays entitled sash & trim. He has taught dance, acting, and dramatic writing at Macalester College, University of Minnesota, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
IA-0245: Devising Through the Jazz Aesthetic (Spring 2013)
IA-0215: Hip Hop Theatre (Spring 2012)
IA-0268: Making A Scene (Spring 2012)
IA-0192: Directing Contemporary American Drama (Fall 2011)