Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. “Call and Response: Contextualizing African American Presence in the American Theater” A partnership with Arts at Emory and Emory University Tickets: $40 to include a private tour of the exhibition “Raising Hell: The Art, Archives and Activism of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch” Goodrich C. White Hall, Emory University, Room 208
NBAF in partnership with Arts at Emory and Emory University presents a day long symposium with distinguished local and national scholars addressing the issue of the presence and influence of African Americans on performance arts and theater. Participants will include: Michael D. Harris, Artist, Associate Professor of Art Historian, Emory University; Krista Thompson, Northwestern University, author of Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (2015); McKinley Melton, Professor of English at Gettysburg College, whose research focuses primarily on spiritual and religious traditions throughout the African Diaspora and its influence on Diasporan literary, artistic, and cultural expressions; moderator Dr. Paul Carter Harrison, Emory Scholar/artist in residence, playwright, director and author of “The Drama of Nommo;” Nina Angela Mercer, playwright, poet, theater scholar based in NY City who will conduct interactive breakout sessions; Dianne Stewart, Associate Professor in the Emory Department of Religion; Dr. Pellom McDaniel, curator at Emory University’s Rose Manuscript and Rare Books Library and Playwriting Fellow Jireh Holder.
Nina is a native of Washington,DC, now living in the Bronx. She is a cultural worker,multi genre writer,& performing artist. She also crafts collages, pastels and acrylics when she's feeling beyond the written word. Her plays have been produced in the U.S. and internationally. They include GUTTA BEAUTIFUL, GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR, ITAGUA MEJI: A ROAD & A PRAYER, & RACING MY GIRL, SALLY. She is currently working on a book project, AT THE CORNER OF CHAOS & DIVINE (slowly), and a new choreoplay trilogy, MOTHER WIT & WATER BORN.
Nina is co-founder and Co- Director of Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. (OAR), an arts education non profit organization incorporated in 2005.
Nina has served as a teaching artist in public schools in DC, Brooklyn, and Newark, NJ. She has been a faculty member at Howard University, American University, University of Maryland-College Park, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) and Medgar Evers College (CUNY). She is currently a Doctoral Fellow of Theatre at The Graduate Center (CUNY).
Nina is the proud mother of two daughters, Aya Imani and Raisa Selam.