Preserving Black Theatre in Texas
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The grant allowed me to conduct more than a dozen interviews with informants (individuals knowledgeable about black theatre in Texas) in Austin, Prairie View, Houston, and San Antonio. My research included several trips to black theatres to review and collect primary documents related to our project and to conduct background research on production histories and to develop biographical notes on the playwrights. I located important photographs, programs, and reviews that will be featured in our traveling exhibit. In consultation with Dr. Mayo and her pre-doctoral fellow, I analyzed (themes,style, technique, etc.) plays selected for inclusion in our anthology, and I researched the historical, literary, and cultural contexts for each play.