Jaye Austin Williams

Jaye Austin Williams is currently C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Fellow, and Assistant Professor of Critical Black Studies at Bucknell University. She brings a professional theatre career of nearly 30 years – during which she worked on and off Broadway and regionally – into her current academic pursuits, in which she focuses on the theorization of Black Drama and cinema at the intersection of Critical Black Studies, Black Feminism, Performance Studies and Theatre. She holds a PhD from the joint doctoral program in Theatre and Drama at UC Irvine and UC San Diego and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her recent publications include, “Alienated Flesh at the Place of Trauma and Death: Unearthing the Black (Queered) In-human in Suzan-Lori Parks’ One-character Short Play, Pickling,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Performance; “The Always Already of Antiblackness: an Interview [by] Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss,” in The Minor on the Move: Doing Cosmopolitanisms (Edition Assemblage), and “On the Trap[pings] of ‘Censorship’ Discourse and the ‘Civil’ Circumvention of Rupture,” in Art and the Dynamics of Circulation, Suppression, and Censorship, (Bloomsbury). She is currently completing a monograph entitled, Staging (Within) Violence: Toward a Radical Black Dramaturgy