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Sarah P. Bellamy
Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture
Appointed 2013


Sarah Lawrence College
M.A. University of Chicago

Teaching and Research

comparative studies and discourse in society
sensitivity training
artistic programming
post-colonial theory and creative writing

Courses Offered
TR250   Bearing Witness: The Power of Story

Visit the Course Descriptions page for descriptions of all courses.

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Selected commissions for Penumbra Theatre Company, where Sarah is co-artistic director and slated to become sole artistic director in 2017:

- "'Your Blood Ain’t Redder Than Mine:' Hybridity, Legacy and the Creation of America"
- "Sexing the Script: Cultural Voyeurism and the Making of Identity in Colonial Europe"
- "'Gun Violence and Gang Bangers:' Galvanizing a Neighborhood"
- "What Music Can Move: Rhythm, Blues and Resistance in Get Ready"
- "The Heart of the Matter: Black Women at the Center of Blue"
- "The Birth of a People: Spirit, Self and God in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean"
- "An American Haint: The Living Legacy of Slavery in the United States"
- "The College Game: Recruitment and Urban Education"
- "Handle the Scandal: Race and the Elite College Athlete"
- "Never to Forget: Legacy, Culture and Continuity in August Wilson’s Radio Golf"
- "A Family Portrait: Fifty Years of the American Dream, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun"
- "Priming the Poetry of Revolution: Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity"
- "Strangers in a Strange Land: The Making of an American Identity"
- "An American Legend: August Wilson’s Fences"

M.A. thesis:
- "Sexy Beasts: Race, Sex and Violence in the Eighteenth Century French Empire"

B.A. thesis:
- "The Linguistic Mirror: Methodologies for the Study of Race in Contemporary America"


Many Voices Fellow, The Playwright’s Center, 2005 and 2006
- The Alexina Project
- Room 351

Contact Sarah at sbellamy@unitedseminary.edu.

In what free time I find, I enjoy theatre, cooking, gardening and being outdoors, and spending time with my family.

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“Theatre can be so much more than a night out. Art transforms the world; it can open hearts and change minds. We can use the tools of theatre to model and build a more equitable, just world.”

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“For me, engaging others in a
journey of creative awakening, encouragement and responsible action around issues of social justice and equity is a dream come true. I have spent my adult life creating programs and occasions for communities to use the arts as a platform for civic engagement, with a particular focus on eliminating racism and celebrating difference. I am honored to be able to share what I’ve learned with the community at United Theological Seminary.”


pertinent activities

Co-artistic director for Penumbra Theatre Company; slated to be sole artistic director in 2017. Penumbra Theatre is Minnesota's only professional African American theatre and one of only three professional African American theaters in the nation to offer a full season of performances. Penumbra has received the Jujamcyn Award, a national award for the development of artistic talent, and been named "One of Ten Companies that Make a Difference" by Stage Directions Magazine.

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