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  • Associate Professor of Theater and Africana Studies


  • Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, 1995
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Washington, 2005


Justin Emeka is a director, actor, writer, and Capoeirista who is recognized for his ability to integrate unique cultural traditions within classical and contemporary theater. He is jointly appointed in the departments of Africana Studies and Theater and teaches courses in acting and directing, as well as started one of the first Capoeira Angola college programs in the country that integrates physical and musical training in Capoeira with academic research.

On Oberlin’s main stage he directed Wedding Band; Macbeth, Follow Me to Nellie’s, The Compromise, and Death of a Salesman featuring Avery Brooks. At Classical Theater of Harlem in New York he directed A Midsummer Nights Dream and Romeo n Juliet; at Karamu House in Cleveland he directed Julius X and Detroit ‘67; at Intiman Theater in Seattle he directed Stickfly; at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (OSTF) he directed A Raisin in the Sun and starred in Crumbs from the Table of Joy. Working with the Mayor's Office of Seattle and the Seattle Theater Group he created a theatrical commemoration of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Sankofa Theater, involving original poetry, dance, and drama that included over 100 performers.

Mr. Emeka is a member of SDC and Actors Equity. He is also the author of a chapter entitled “Seeing Shakespeare through Brown Eyes” in the book Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches.


The Glass Menagerie

February 27, 2017
Oscar-nominated actress Margaret Avery starred in vignettes of Tennessee Williams' American classic, The Glass Menagerie. Directed by Associate Professor of Theater Justin Emeka '95, the play...

Wedding Band Takes the Stage

October 1, 2015
Costume Designer and Associate Professor of Theater Chris Flaharty fits sophomore Will Osborn, who plays Shrimp Man in Wedding Band , for his costume. A play by Alice Childress, Wedding Band tells...