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Freda Scott Giles

Associate Professor of Theatre and Film

Dr. Giles, Associate Professor of Theatre and the Institute for African American Studies, earned her Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate School. Her dissertation, "Five African-American Playwrights on Broadway, 1923-1929," is a historical study of the first non-musical plays of African-American authorship produced on Broadway. She has had a number of articles published which focus on various elements of African-American theatre and drama, particularly during the Harlem Renaissance period. Dr. Giles received her M.A. in Theatre Arts in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her B.A. from the University of Albany, State University of New York, and has worked in the professional theatre as an actor and director.

Selected Publications:
  • Giles. 2008. “Glenda Dickerson’s Nu Shu: Feminist Performance/Pedagogy” in Black Women Playwrights: a Case Book, ed. Philip Kolin. London: Routledge.
  • Giles. 1996. "Glitter, Glitz, and Race: The Production of Harlem." Journal of American Drama and Theater.
Events featuring Freda Scott Giles
Livestream Online

We invite you all to join us for the upcoming original online performance of BREATHE, a play developed by UGA Institute for Women's Studies graduate student alum, Angela Hall, and directed by Institute for African American Studies Professor Emerita, Dr. Freda Scott Giles. Livestream performances to take place as…

Town & Gown and Virtual (see details)

Athens, Ga – Town & Gown Players introduces the premier production of Roshaunda Breeden’s production of Athens Vignettes: A Dialogue with the African American Community with show dates October 15-17th and October 22-24

400 Fine Arts Building

UGA students, faculty, and Athens community members have had the opportunity to collaborate this semester on a unique and original performance presentation titled Favored by the Muses. Favored by the Musesis the culmination of a year-long collaboration between UGA and TCU…

The Classic Center, 300 N Thomas Street, Athens, GA

Friday, April 12, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 2024 | 3:00 p.m.

The Classic Center Theatre

In a groundbreaking tribute to Athens history, the captivating local production Linnentown - The Musical is set to take center stage in April 2024. Written by Hattie Thomas Whitehead,…

Articles Featuring Freda Scott Giles

Breathe is a multimedia, multifaceted work being developed by Angela Hall under the direction of Emeritus UGA Faculty member Dr. Freda Scott Giles.

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