The convergence of the pandemic of COVID-19 and the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement has theatre training programs expanding their learning methods this semester -and overhauling their curricula. As COVID caseloads rise and presidential election looms, teachers are tasked with the education and care of students, mostly through a screen.
Kaja Dunn is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Department of Theatre and affiliate faculty for Theatrical Intimacy Education, and she is an actor, director, and activist. She has performed nationally and internationally in over 40 productions.
She has been invited to consult or present on issues of Equity and Diversity for , Blumenthal Performing Arts, Actor’s Equity Association, Spelman College, Emory University, The Women’s Theatre Festival, MICHA, North Carolina Theatre Association (Keynote Panelist), George Mason University (keynote July 2020), Children’s Theatre Charlotte as well as for schools and private corporations. She has published in the us and has two co-authored publications coming out in the UK one for a new Arden Research Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance on Decolonizing Shakespeare in performance and another for the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training’s Special “Against the Canon”, Training Theatre Students of Color in the USA. Dunn has presented her work on Equity, Diversity and inclusion as well as Anti-Racism and Decolonization at University of London Goldsmiths, SETC and SETC Theatre Symposium, KCATF and The Association of Theatre in Higher Education, among other places. She is on the Board as assistant secretary of the Black Theatre Network. Her primary research focus is on using theatre to facilitate complex cultural conversation and Reimagining Theatre Training for Actors of Color.
You can follow her on Twitter where she frequently posts about EDI issues under the handle @KajaDunn.