Of course, this blog amazing and the work you do is awesome! I have to do a research term paper this semester for a theatre history class on theatre from Grecian to Elizabethan periods. I would like to do a research paper on Black people/POC, and I know you specialize in art, but do you have information on POC in theatre? It’d be really helpful if you have ANY information. Thanks!


Thank you!And, absolutely!

History of Black and Asian Performance form the Victoria and Albert Museum (series of articles) is a fantastic place to start…fair warning, you’re definitely going to have to refine your topic:

Here is a series of downloadable PDFs from the V&A.

Here is some further reading on this topic:

  • Alexander, Catherine M.S., and Stanley Wells, eds. Shakespeare and Race,. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Banham, Martin, and others, eds.  African Theatre: Playwrights & Politics.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  • Banham, Martin, and others, eds. The Cambridge Companion to African and Caribbean Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Bean, Annemarie, ed.  A Sourcebook of African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements. London: Routledge, 1999.
  • Bourne, Stephen.  Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television. 2nd edn. London: Continuum, 2001.
  • Brandon, James R., ed. The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Croft, Susan, and others. Black and Asian Performance at the Theatre Museum: A User’s Guide. London: V&A Theatre Museum, 2003.
  • Donnell, Alison, ed. Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Harris, Roxy, and Sarah White, eds. Changing Britannia: Life Experience with Britain. London: New Beacon, 1999.
  • Harrison, Paul Carter, and others, ed. Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the Black Diaspora. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.
  • Layiwola, Dele, ed. African Theatre in Performance: A Festschrift in Honour of Martin Banham. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, 2000.
  • Lindfors, Bernth, ed. Africans on Stage: Studies in Ethnological Business. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.
  • Tompsett, A. Ruth, ed. Black Theatre in Britain. in ’Performing Arts International’. 1996, vol. I, part 2

Here’s a link to all posts on Medievalpoc tagged “Theater”.

Here’s a link to Disabusing-Common-Notions, which deals specifically with people of color in European Drama and Theater.

Here is a Masterpost of specific works you can look into from that blog.

Here’s a post about the work of Wole Soyinka, whose work involves analysis of Ancient Greek, Yoruba, and Italian Theater.