Dr. Hodges Persley is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas. Dr. Hodges Persley teaches courses on hip-hop, Acting, African American theater, Race and Performance, Improvisation Theory and Transnational performance. Her research interests include African-American performance, American popular culture, Hip-hop Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Solo performance and Transnationalism.
Dr. Hodges Persley's research addresses the impact of racial, ethnic and national identity on performance practices in theatre, television and film. She completed her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, an MA in African American Studies from UCLA and is a summa cum laude graduate of Spelman College. Her forthcoming book, Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-hop Theater and Performance, examines the impact of African American expressions of blackness in Hip-hop on the artistic practices of non-African American artists in theater, conceptual art and dance in the United States and England.
Dr. Hodges Persley has conducted research in Senegal, France, England and Germany. She is an Associate Program Director for theater and performance at the Hip-hop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center and the Director of
An actress and director, Hodges Persley is a member of SAG and AFTRA and has credits in regional theater, television and film. Her performance and directing work have been featured at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, the California Hip-hop Theater Festival, the Hudson Theater, and Highways Performance Space. She has published articles on Jay-Z and Suzan-Lori Parks with forthcoming work on Nikki S. Lee and Jean Genet.
- Hip-hop Performance
- African-American Theatre
- Theatre for Social Change
- Critical Race Theory.
- African-American Theatre and Performance
- American Studies
- African Diaspora Performance
- Popular culture
- Gender Studies
- Solo Performance
Hodges Persley, N. (in press). Sampling and Remixing Hip-hop in Contemporary Theater and Performance.
Hodges Persley, N. (2015). The Cambridge Companion to Hip-hop.
Hodges Persley, N. (2014). American Theatre.
Hodges Persley, N. (2014). Holler if You Hear Me - Education Portal . Holler if You Hear Me - Broadway Musical Directed by Kenny Leon. Hip-Hop Theater Documenting Urban Life Study Guide . http://hiphoparchive.org/projects/holler-if-ya-hear-me/portal http://hiphoparchive.org/projects/holler-if-ya-hear-me/portal
Director, Rachel, Angelina W. Grimke, Just Off Broadway Theatre, Kansas City, MO, November 10-20 2016, 11/10/2016 - 11/20/2016
, , Sherrie Tucker, (Co-Investigator), Kip Haaheim, (Co-Investigator), Michelle Hefner Hayes, (Co-Investigator), NEA Grant, National Endowment of the Arts, $35,000, . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.