Executive Committee

Dr. Monica White Ndounou (convener)

Dr. Monica White Ndounou is an Associate Professor of Theater and the 2017-2018 Sony Music Fellow at Dartmouth College. She is the President of the Black Theatre Association (BTA), a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the founder of the Pay-It-Forward All-Career Level Mentorship Program. Her interdisciplinary research projects span a broad range of topics. Professor Ndounou is currently working on several projects including but not limited to a book, documentary film and digital archive exploring black American contributions to developing acting theories and practices.

Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley

Associate Dean Nicole Hodges Persley is an associate professor of theatre and served as acting chair and chair of the department from spring 2016 to fall 2017. She also served as a co-director of the School of the Arts during the fall 2017 semester. As associate dean, she will work to build proactive efforts to ensure attention to DEI concerns at the institutional and individual level. Professor Hodges Persley is a sought-after campus facilitator and speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts. She is an award-winning teacher, mentor and community leader whose scholarship and creative work offer important strategies to address racial and social injustice.

Ekundayo Bandele

Ekundayo Bandele founded Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, TN, in 2006. He’s directed many of August Wilson’s plays and played King in ‘King Hedley II.’ He’s the author of ‘If Scrooge was a Brother’. From 2012 – 2014, he spearheaded a $4.3M capital campaign that resulted in the construction of Hattiloo’s venue that opened debt-free in 2014. In 2016, he raised $900,000 to build the Hattiloo Development Center, which opened in April 2017, also debt-free.

Keryl McCord

Anthony Meyers