Who Will Decide For You?

Join us for a viewing and discussion of the first Presidential Debate on September 26th at 6:30pm, in the College of Liberal Arts building, room 166/266.

Dinner will be served prior to the debate. This free event is open to the public, as well as all students and faculty.

Click here to see the press release.

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Director Yolanda Williams in rehearsal with cast.

Tickets for "A Streetcar Named Desire" are on sale now at jsums.edu/speechandtheatre (box office)

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Featured Freshman of the Week: Michael Taylor

August 20th, 2016 by speech

Our freatured Freshman of the Week is Michael Taylor, a Chicago native, pictured here with our Department Chair, Dr. Mark G. Henderson.

Welcome to JSU, Michael!


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Mr. Yohance Myles, who just completed an 11 episode run on "Containment" on the CW network in the recurring role of "Dennis", will also be starring alongside Sanaa Lathan in the upcoming Fox miniseries "Shots Fired." He has also booked his first leading film role in "Created Equal", a film from actor/director Bill Duke.

Congratulations, Mr. Myles!


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Ms. Laura McDavitt has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Connect 2 Educate, and has also contributed to the 2017 Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy,and Governance with a piece titled "The Poor and Social Policy."

Congratulations, Ms. McDavitt!


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Our chair, Dr. Mark G. Henderson, has been named 2016's "Hometown Hero" by Visit Jackson for his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism industry in Jackson.


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Professor Yolanda Williams will be doing some off-campus summer work this month, as she directs "Steel Magnolias" at the Central Players Community Theatre in Madison. The show runs from June 16th to June 19th, and details can be found by clicking the poster above.

Good luck, Ms. Williams!

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Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith Earns Tenure!

May 25th, 2016 by speech

Our own Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith has earned promotion and tenure, beginning this Fall. Congratulations to Associate Professor Bodie-Smith!

Recently voted most outstanding faculty in the Department of Speech and Theatre at Jackson State University, Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Coordinator of Theatre Studies in the Department of Speech & Theatre. She holds a a PhD in Fine arts with concentrations in Acting/Directing and Arts Administration from Texas Tech University (Texas), a M.A. in Theatre Arts from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and a B.A. in Music/Vocal Performance from Florida Memorial University (Miami).  She continues to Costume Design and supervise promotions and marketing for all the department’s mainstage shows at JSU. She teaches courses in Acting, Directing, Period Styles, Theatre History, Dramatic Criticism and Costume Design.

Her most recent directing projects include: Karma, Harlem Renaissance, and Damn Yankees. Her favorite acting roles include Into the Woods, My Sister in This House, The Dairy of Anne Frank, Amen Corner, Little Shop of Horrors, Vagina Monologues and her one-woman show, I Used to Sing for my Mother/Hoping She Would Love Me/She Bought Me A Mango Tree Instead. She will also be directing The Wiz during the Fall 2016 semester at JSU.

Her main fields of interest are Performance Theory, Directing, Advocacy for the Arts, Feminist Theory, Identity and Gender roles in America, and the African Diaspora, and Theatre for social change. She hopes that her role as an educator will provide an environment to motivate and inspire great leaders, open-minded, creative thinkers and free spirits who laugh a little too loud.


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Congratulations to our Department Chair, Dr. Mark G. Henderson, on his 20th year of service at JSU! Dr. Henderson has been the chair of our department for the last three years, and has lead in scholarship giving, student advisement and teaching, and his work with the MADDRAMA Performance Troupe.

Thank you, Dr. Henderson!

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Professor Prince Duren recently completed a week-long fellowship as part of the Southern Writers' Project at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The week ended with a three-day festival May 6th through 8th, during which several new plays were workshoppped, including Prince's own "Caught in the Net."

Congratulations, Professor Duren!

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