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  • Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
  • Chair of Theater
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Education

  • BA, Yale University, 1974

Biography

Caroline Jackson-Smith is professor of theater and Africana studies. A recipient of the prestigious 1993 fellowship for early career directors from the Theater Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts, Prof. Jackson-Smith made her New York debut at the New York Public Theater in 1995, when she directed Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro for the Signature Theater Company.

She has directed and or worked as a dramaturg for the Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Karamu House, and the Cleveland Public Theatre on such productions as The Women of Plums, The Talented Tenth, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Our Town, Your Town.

A graduate of Yale University, Prof. Jackson-Smith served as the executive director of the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center for eight years. Since coming to Oberlin in 1989, she has directed The Gospel at Colonus, The Tapestry, The Resurrection of Lady Lester, Darker Face of the Earth, and The Colored Museum, among other productions.

Courses

African American Drama
Black Arts Workshop

News

Academic by Day, Actor by Night: Afia Ofori-Mensa in 'Simply Simone'

September 14, 2017
Afia Ofori-Mensa deactivated her personal Facebook account, hoping to recover time she spent on the site to writing a book manuscript. Instead, Ofori-Mensa found herself playing a young Nina Simone in a production of 'Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone' at Karamu House in Cleveland.