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Tufts University
Dept. of Drama and Dance
Aidekman 9
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.6541
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Monica White Ndounou
Associate Professor


Monica was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow (2004 - 2007) and an OSU Presidential Fellow (2006). Her interdisciplinary research projects span a broad range of topics. Her forthcoming book, Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers (Rutgers University Press), identifies the intersection of race, culture and economics as the critical site for determining the future of African American film according to narrative, production, marketing and distribution patterns of nearly 2,000 original films and cinematic adaptations featuring African Americans since 1980. Her most recent publications include: "The Paradox of Acting for an African American Actress" in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, "The Nice-Nasty Politics of Fragmenting August Wilson's Legacy" in the New England Theatre Journal, "Encountering Black Culture in Acting Classrooms and Beyond" in Theatre Topics, and “Early black Americans on Broadway” in The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre (Cambridge University Press). Her article “Drama for ‘Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke” in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism was nominated for the American Theatre and Drama Society's 2013 Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award. Monica has presented the findings of her work at the following national and international conferences: The Comparative Drama Conference, the African Literature Association Conference, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the American Society for Theatre Research Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Black Theatre Network conference, the August Wilson Conference at the University of Maryland, and the Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts in the United Kingdom and the London Film and Media Conference.

Professor Ndounou directed Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf in Spring 2010. Please see the following for a behind the scenes look at the production or for more information about the show see 'Voices of Redemption'.

Professor Ndounou is working on a second project consisting of a book, documentary film and digital archive exploring black American contributions to developing acting theories and practices. More specifically, it examines the role of double consciousness and cultural traditions in training, performance and behind the scenes, as well as the significance of the symbiotic relationship between black performers and audiences.

Monica teaches courses in theatre, film, and cultural studies. She is also affiliate faculty for American Studies, International Literary and Visual Studies and the Africana Studies programs.

She teaches the following graduate and undergraduate level courses:

Courses Taught

DR 4 Modern and Postmodern Theatre
DR 10 Introduction to Acting
DR 40 Performing America, Exploring Identity
DR 48/DR 148 African American Theatre and Film
DR 50 Introduction to Film Studies
DR 293-01 The Theoretical & Historical Development of African American Theatre
DR 293-03 Adaptation: The Cultural Politics of Storytelling


Monica White Ndounou, Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers, Rutgers University Press, April 2014

For more information please contact Professor Ndounou.