The Davis Center’s commitment to Social Justice and racial equity stretches back to its founding.


Engaging Black Theatre Ensemble and Social Justice

The Davis Center’s programming strives to diversify representation on campus and in the world: our first musical, Gospel at Colonus, highlights the vitality of Black Life and multiracial community, as directed by Isaiah Wooden (COL ’04) BTE’s then-Artistic Advisor. In Georgetown’s rich history of student theater, BTE collaborates most often with TPST and with projects in the Davis Center each year.

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The Gospel at Colonus adaptation by Lee Breuer, directed by Isaiah M. Wooden (C’04) in the 2006-2007 Classics re-Visioned season co-produced with Black Theater Ensemble (BTE). BTE can claim the most co-productions with TPST—nine by  2021 and counting! Left to Right from back platform: Obehi Janice (SFS’09), Reg Douglas (C’09), Christina Marie Francisque (MSB’09), Terrance De’Shawn Davis (C’10) mid-row: Josh DeMinter (C’08), Kimberley McLeod (C’09), Yvette Badu-Nmako, Stella Clingmon (SFS’10) Front row: Alicia Rubio (C’10), Nicole Lewis (C’08), Niara Phillips, Ali Curran (C’08) Photo credit: Georgetown University


LGBTQ Center + Lavender Graduation

Our faculty, students and alumni press for recognition of LGBTQ students and their rights on campus. In addition to Davis Center students’ campus activism, Faculty and Alumni participate in Working Groups, leading to the formation of GU’s LGBTQ Center. Since then, GU’s LGBTQ community annually recognizes faculty members for sustained support and students for leadership—an honor three TPST professors and six alumni have received, more than any other department.

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Prof. Natsu Onoda Power won the inaugural award in 2008 for her original class-to-production of The T Party, which explored the stories of the transgender community. Photo credit: Georgetown University
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Prof. Maya E. Roth (far right) wins the award for faculty commitment to LGBTQ community in 2017. Photo credit: Georgetown University
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Davis Center Alumnus, Cal Watson (C’07, L’14), was a vital staff member in President DeGioia’s Office who helped to hire the LGBTQ Center’s first Executive Director. Photo credit: Georgetown University

Since 2008

Faculty Activism & Inclusive Pedagogy

TPST faculty strive to foster diversity, inclusion and equity in teaching, research and theater-making, garnering an array of awards and fellowships on campus. Ten faculty members receive the Doyle Engaging Difference Fellowships or the Provost’s “Innovation in Teaching” award.

Deb Sivigny
Maya Roth
Ijeoma Njaka
Susan Lynskey
Natsu Onoda Power
Gibson Cima
Christine Evans
Michael T. Williams
Sivagami Subbaraman
Derek Goldman
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A collaborative course led by Derek Goldman, Ijeoma Njaka, and Daniel Brumberg tied to the Lab for Global Performance and Politics’ signature IN YOUR SHOES project garnered a Provost’s Innovation in Teaching Award. Photo credit: Lab for Global Performance and Politics


Racial Justice Working Group

Pressed by activism from students and faculty, Georgetown makes a commitment to address racial injustice and reconcile its historic role. TPST and African American Studies Prof. Soyica Diggs Colbert, a leading scholar in Black Performance and a Georgetown Alum, joins the Racial Justice Working group as a founding member.

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Prof. Soyica Diggs Colbert speaking at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs for an event about the The Amen Corner: the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin. Photo credit: Georgetown University


Georgetown’s Racial Justice Institute

In 2021, Georgetown formalizes the Racial Justice Institute (RJI), “focused on addressing persistent issues of racial injustice and the structural causes at the root of racial inequities within our society.” Anita Gonzalez, a Performing Arts & African American Studies professor, joins Georgetown to co-lead the Institute.

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Prof. Anita Gonzalez (center) with U of Michigan students in a weeklong installation, Conjuring the Caribbean, with scenic elements by Vince Mountain. Photo Credit: John R. Diehl
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The Davis Center hosted incubation of Anita’s new work Zora on My Mind, a collaboratively developed dance theater piece inspired by the work of Zora Neale Hurston, sponsored by RJI, as a special event in our Makers in the Space 2021-22 Season. In photo: Nicole Hill and Alexandria Davis. Photo Credit: John R. Diehl

Social Justice motivates our alumni

It’s no surprise that our alumni carry the social engagement and lessons of TPST classes like Improvisation for Social Change and Race, Gender & Performance, into their careers, especially in law, education, social sciences, and the arts.

95% say Equity & Social Justice have an impact on their current professional lives

54% say they use their Equity & Social Justice education “constantly”

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The Race 2008 (Left)  and The Race 2020 (Right)- Sojourn Theatre devised The Race with Georgetown students over the course of two years between 2006-2008 to provide space for civic inquiry and dialogue on campus and in Washington DC. Sojourn company members revisited the work in 2020 with Prof. Derek Goldman inviting original alumni participants to perform virtually alongside current students and Lab Fellows. Photo Credit: Georgetown University

Alumni Spotlights:

See individual stories from alumni that embody our commitment to Social Justice and Equity.