Marta Effinger-Crichlow is Chair and Associate Professor of Theater and Literature. She received her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University and her M.A. in African American Studies from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests are on black women’s literary and dramatic narratives as well as African American migration experiences. Her book Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones is being published by University Press of Colorado.
She has been an invited lecturer at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China on the Blues Narratives in African American Theatre. Her writings are included in African American Lives, Theatre Journal, African American Review, Footsteps:Children’s Magazine, Journal of Black Studies, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Dr. Effinger-Crichlow, who received her BA in Black Studies and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, is also a dramaturg and playwright. Her dramaturgy credits include Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, the ETA Creative Arts Foundation, The Goodman Theatre, and Onyx Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, Passage Theatre in Trenton, Kuntu Repertory Theatre in Pittsburgh, and The MAAFA by St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Her plays include Union Station, The Kitchen is Closed Startin’ Sunday, Whispers Want to Holler, and You Dig.
She was project director of CityTech’s first ever National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Faculty Development Initiative grant project entitled Retentions and Transfigurations: The Technological Evolution and Social History of Five New York City Neighborhoods. In 2013, she proposed and designed the AFR 3000: Black New York course with plans to develop additional research and programming initiatives for AFR. The Network Journal (TNJ) http://www.tnj.com/, which recognizes “Black women leaders and influencers in every field,” including academia, selected Dr. Effinger-Crichlow as one of their “25 Influential Black Women in Business” for 2014.