Associate Professor

Creator/Director CHARLOTTE BRATHWAITE’s genre-defying works illuminate the realities and the dreams of the marginalized and center unheard, unseen, and overlooked stories. Dealing with subject matter from the historical past to the present and the distant future, her work brings to light issues of social justice, race, sex, power and the complexities of the human condition. In community with The Gospel of James Baldwin created with Meshell Ndegeocello, Brathwaite is currently developing The Future is Present (TFP), a performance laboratory that amplifies the life-affirming demands of young black and indigenous activists at Bard this fall. Brathwaite’s work incites a discourse of the imagination and reimagines theater as a site for social change that begins in the heart. Upcoming projects include: Omar, an opera in collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Ables inspired by the life of Omar Ibn Said, and Forgotten Paradise: Grazettes Sun, a feature-length film and traveling installation on historical trauma and the legacy of the transAtlantic slave trade. Awards: Princess Grace, Creative Capital, United States Artist, Map Fund. Associate Professor Theater Arts, MIT.