Guest Artists

Sharrell D. Luckett

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Sharrell D. Luckett's literary and embodied interdisciplinary research is situated in acting/directing theory, Performance Studies, Black studies, and Fat studies. She is lead editor of Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches (2017), a groundbreaking anthology that is the first book to highlight diverse acting/directing methods rooted in Afrocentrism. Her upcoming monograph, YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality & Privilege, engages with her life as a transweight actress and artist. She is also invited editor of the forthcoming book, African American Arts: Aesthetics, Activism, and Futurity, and co-editor of an upcoming book about the work of Academy Award winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. An accomplished director, Luckett most recently staged In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney and Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks at California State University-DH, and prior to that she served as the Guest Artist in Residence at SUNY-Potsdam and Tri-Cities Visual & Performing Arts program, directing Ruined by Lynn Nottage and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison/adapted by Lydia Diamond, respectively. This fall, she is launching Black Acting Methods® Studio, a training program in performance theory and practice grounded in Black American cultural aesthetics. Luckett's webisode series, “The Making of YoungGiftedandFat” chronicles her journey in creating and touring her solo show (YoungGiftedandFat). She is a proud invitee of Harvard University's Mellon Institute of Theater and Performance Research, Cornell University's Performance Encounters series, Northwestern University’s Mellon Program in Black Feminist Performance, and the esteemed Lincoln Center Directors Lab in NY. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Muhlenberg College.