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.


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!

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!

Auditions for The WIZ – Wed. April 27th!

April 26th, 2016 by speech

Auditions for The WIZ will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 4pm in the Rose McCoy Auditorium. The play, which will be performed this fall, is directed by Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith.

As the show is a musical, students should be prepared to act, sing, and dance!

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Theatre seniors (with Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith) at the Spring Commencement on April 23rd, where First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an amazing speech.

Congratulations, Seniors! Do Us Proud!


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Seniors Charence Higgins and Keith Kennard (with Technical Director and Theatre Professor James Pettis) prepare for their Senior Play Productions. Charence Higgins directed "Rabbit Hole" and Keith Kennard directed "The Brothers Size".

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Alpha Psi Omega Student Induction

April 5th, 2016 by speech

Theatre Students' Induction Ceremony for Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Dramatic Fraternity Tau cast. Monday Feb. 15th in Rose McCoy Lobby. This was an important step in their careers. Congratulations!


The Mississippi Humanities Council has named Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith JSU's Humanities Teacher of the Year. She will receive an award and present a brief lecture on Thursday, October 29th at 10am in the Dollye E. Robinson building, room 166/266. This free event is open to the public.

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Congratulations to our department faculty members Prince Duren and Yohance Myles for being cast in the play "A Time to Kill" at New Stage Theatre! The play runs from October 27th to November 8th.

Dept. Major Charence Higgins Crowned Miss JSU!

October 28th, 2015 by speech

Congratulations to our own Speech / Psychology Major, Charence Higgins, on being crowned Miss JSU!