Eunice S. Ferreira

Eunice S. Ferreira

Associate Professor of Theater, Skidmore College

Visiting Associate Professor 2022-2023

Professor Claire Conceison, MIT Music and Theater Arts

Bio

Eunice S. Ferreira is a director, actor and playwright who combines scholarship with artistic vision and practice. Her artistic and scholarly works are interdisciplinary, international, and intercultural in scope. Her goal is to train students to be innovative theater makers who will reflect a greater breadth of the human experience on our stages. Most recently, she directed the multilingual premiere of The Orphan Sea by Caridad Svich with a cast and creative team representing ten different languages. She has produced, directed and choreographed a variety of plays ranging from Greek classics to musical comedy. Representative titles include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, Molière’s Tartuffe, and musicals Once on This Island, The Wizard of Oz (incorporating Beijing opera techniques), Quilters, Guys and Dolls, and Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, for which she and the cast did a master class and rehearsal with the composer. Her original plays include Elvis, a Harley and a Nun and Poetry in Motion. In addition, she has directed and devised plays with under-resourced youth in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. With support from the Periclean Faculty Leadership Program for civic engagement in the classroom, she has taught Theater for Social Justice and Change and brought the conversation into the community through partnerships with local groups MLK Saratoga and Black Dimensions in Art (BDA) in Saratoga Springs, New York.  

Embracing the notion of the scholar artist, Dr. Ferreira’s research focuses on the intersections of theatrical performance and issues of language, race, class, gender, culture and national identity.  Her areas of expertise include: world theater history, intercultural performance, translation studies, multilingual performance, creole and mixed race studies, transnational studies, African American theater, race and performance, musical theater, new play development, theater for social change, Cape Verdean theater, and theater of the African diaspora. She has published in English and Portuguese. Her co-translation (with Christina S. McMahon) of Alone Onstage (Sozinha no Palco) is featured in the journal Moving Worlds; it is the first English-language publication of a play by Mário Lúcio Sousa, Cape Verde’s former Culture of Minister and celebrated playwright/musician. Dr. Ferreira is also working on a manuscript based on her dissertation “Theatre in Cape Verde: Resisting, Reclaiming, and Recreating National and Cultural Identity in Postcolonial Lusophone Africa,” which examines post-independence theatre in Cape Verde from 1975 to 2005. She holds a PhD from Tufts University and an MA from Emerson College, and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Dr. Ferreira served as secretary for the Black Theatre Association and is a member of the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE), Black Theatre Network (BTN), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). 

Publications

Ferreira, Eunice S. and Lisa L. Biggs, eds. Applied Theatre: Applied Theatre and Racial Justice: Radical Imaginings for Just Communities. (Under contract with Routledge.)

Ferreira, Eunice S. Crioulo Performance: Remapping Creole and Mixed Race Theatre. (Under contract with Vanderbilt University Press).

Ferreira, Eunice S. "Cape Verdean Theatre: Enacting Political Theory and Reclaiming Roots for Crioulo Performance." Journal of Cape Verdean Studies 4.1 (2019): 3.

Ferreira, Eunice S. "Setting a global table with multilingual theater." Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative. Routledge, 2019. 117-130.

Sousa, Mário Lúcio, Christina S. McMahon (trans.), and Eunice S. Ferreira (trans.). "Alone Onstage [Sozinha no Palco]." Moving Worlds 14.1: 'African Arts: Contemporary Forms' (2014). 

Ferreira, Eunice S. "Crioulo Shakespearano and the Creolising of King Lear." African Theatre: Shakespeare in and out of Africa (2013): 111-33.

Ferreira, Eunice S. Theatre in Cape Verde: Resisting, reclaiming, and recreating national and cultural identity in postcolonial lusophone Africa. Tufts University, 2009.