Sandra Adell - Managing Editor

Sandra Adell is a literature professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in twentieth-Century African American Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory, Black Francophone Literature, and Black Theater. She is the author of Double Consciousness/Double Bind: Theoretical Issues in Twentieth Century Black Literature (University of Illinois Press, 1994), and Literary Masters: Toni Morrison (Detroit: Gale Group, 2002), and a memoir titled Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen (Madison, WI.: EugeniaBooks, 2010). She also is the volume editor for Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture: African American Culture (Gale Group, 1996), and the editor of Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: Ten Complete Plays (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

Harry Elam - Consultant to the Executive Editorial Board

Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

He is author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka; and the Erroll Hill Prize winning The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson;  and co‑editor of four books, African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical ReaderColored Contradictions: An Anthology of Contemporary African American DramaThe Fire This Time: African American Plays for the New Millenium; and  Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Performance and Popular Culture.  His articles have appeared in American Theater, American Drama, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly as well as journals in Belgium, Israel, Poland and Taiwan. He has also written essays published in several critical anthologies. Professor Elam is the former editor of Theatre Journal and on the editorial boards of Atlantic Studies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Modern Drama. In 2006, Professor Elam was the winner of the Betty Jean Jones award for Outstanding Teaching from the American Theatre and Drama Society, the winner of the Excellence in Editing Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and the winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Theatre Research. He was also inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in April 2006.

In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed professionally for over twenty years: most notably, he directed Tod, the Boy Tod by Talvin Wilks for the Oakland Ensemble Company, and for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto California, he directed Radio Golf by August Wilson, Jar the Floor by Cheryl West, and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage, which was nominated for nine Bay Area Circle Critics Awards and was the winner of Drama-Logue Awards for Best Production, Best Design, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Direction. He has directed several others of August Wilson's plays, including Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and Fences, the latter ofwhich won eight Bay Area “Choice” Awards.  In February 2010, at the Roble Theatre on Stanford campus, Professor Elam directed Rent by Jonathan Larson.

At Stanford he has been awarded six different teaching awards: The ASSU Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Small Classes (1992); the Humanities and Sciences Deans Distinguished Teaching Award (1993); the Black Community Service Center Outstanding Teacher Award (1994) (2002), The Bing Teaching Fellowship for Undergraduate Teaching (1994-1997); The Rhodes Prize for Undergraduate Teaching (1998).

Harry J. Elam, Jr. received his AB from Harvard College in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Berkeley in 1984.

Freda Scott Giles - Consultant to the Executive Editorial Board

Dr. Giles earned her PhD at the City University of New York.  A specialist in African-American Theatre, directing and acting, she is the author of articles focusing on early African-American theatre, drama and theatre of the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary African American theatre practitioners.  She has presented papers at national and international conferences, such as Black Theatre Network, ATHE and ASALH.  She has several play scripts to her credit, and has directed a number of productions in New York and Georgia.   A professional actor and member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Dr. Giles has performed a number of roles off-Broadway as well as in film, television and radio. Before coming to the University of Georgia, Dr. Giles taught at State University of New York at Albany and City College, City University of New York.  She currently teaches courses in African American theatre, African theatre, and directing for the stage.

Paul Jackson - Executive Editorial Board

Paul K. Bryant-Jackson is Professor of Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre at Miami University. Prior to Miami, he was Associate professor and Chair of Drama at Spelman College. He received an A.B. (Theatre) from Dartmouth College, an M.A. (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. For two years he was editor of Blackstream, the conference-proceedings journal of ATHE. He is the author of numerous articles and a frequent participant in BTN and ATHE.

Sandra Shannon - Executive Editorial Board

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon is Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English at Howard University and a recently selected Fulbright Specialist in this area.  Grant money from this U. S. State Department-supported program made possible her travel to Botswana in June 2013 to do archival research on the written correspondences of the country’s most influential writer, the late Bessie Head.  Dr. Shannon is a leading scholar on the works of playwright August Wilson with titles such as The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson, one of the first book-length studies on the playwright and August Wilson's Fences: A Reference Guide, a companion piece to Fences, one of  Wilson's most often taught plays, to her credit.  She is also co‑editor of the essay collection August Wilson and Black Aesthetic.  Her most recent publication, “Women Playwrights Who Cross Cultural Borders,” appears in the 2013 edition of The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre, edited by Northwestern University theatre scholar Harvey Young.

Dr. Shannon is currently part of an NEH award-winning team that will produce a PBS American Masters documentary on August Wilson set to air in 2014.  She has recently accepted an invitation extended to her from the Executive Board of the College Language Association to serve as the next Editor of the College Language Association Journal.

Beth Turner - Executive Editorial Board

Dr. Beth Turner is an educator, publisher, playwright, and theatre director. She taught Theatre Studies at the Department of Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for thirteen years. In 2005 she enrolled in the University of Georgia’s Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies as a Ph.D. candidate, where she received several prestigious dissertation completion grants including one from the Association of American University Women. She completed her dissertation, “Haunting Memories: Black Francophone Caribbean Women Playwrights and the Traumatic Slave Past,” and received her doctorate in 2011.

Dr. Turner is also the founding publisher of Black Masks, the 29-year publication on the Black performing arts ( In this capacity, she has edited and published feature articles based on firsthand interviews with a vast array of African American theatre practitioners including August Wilson, Pearl Cleage, Kenny Leon, and hosts of others. In addition, she served as an editorial assistant to Theatre Journal from 2006 to 2010.  She has also had her own articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Zora Neale Hurston Review, The Langston Hughes Review, and most recently The Southern Quarterly.

Currently an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts, Humanities, and Theatre Department of Florida A & M University, she will also be teaching in the Women’s Studies Program of Florida State University in the spring.