Director • Professor • Actress • Playwright • Songwriter • Ambassador
Doctoral Marshal and Keynote Speaker
I was selected Doctoral Marshal and Keynote Speaker for the University of Missouri Commencement Ceremony. This honor is bestowed upon the Ph.D. student who has had a significant impact on the university, coupled with academic excellence!
Transweight — Poetry Book Available Now
Guest Director/Artist in Residence — SUNY/Potsdam
After a national search, I was selected as the Guest Director/Artist in Residence for the Lougheed Festival of the Arts. While in residence, I directed "Ruined" by Lynn Nottage.
I wrote the biographies for Beyonce, Brandy Norwood, and Lauryn Hill in the recently released, "Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture."
Acting Student Soars
My acting student becomes a star overnight! Emmanuel Hudson’s YouTube videos “Rachet Girl Anthem” and “Asking All Them Questions” soar with 50+ million views. I am very proud of him!
The Columbia Daily Tribune: Ovation
I was featured in the Ovation section as “Artist of the Week” by the Columbia Daily Tribune, highlighting my work as a performing arts practitioner. Read the story here.
Northwestern University – Best Presentation
My panel members and I were awarded “Best Conference Presentation” for our research on how to bridge fields using a black princess at Northwestern University.
CNN: Daughters of Legacy
I was selected to coordinate a workshop with young women for CNN’s special titled “Daughters of Legacy.” The workshop was facilitated by Attallah Shabazz and Sherri Poitier, the daughters of Malcolm X and Sidney Poitier.
Chancellor’s Award of Excellence
It is an honor to be the recipient of the Chancellor’s Excellence in Education award at the University of Missouri. This honor is bestowed upon someone who exemplifies excellence in leadership, multiculturalism, and involvement.
The International Arts Conference
Lincoln Center Theater
International Director's Lab Fellow
New York, NY
The Kennedy Center
The Black Theatre Network Conference
New York, NY
Culturally Diverse Gifted Learners Conference
Johannesburg, South Africa
National Communication Association
Los Angeles & Atlanta Premiere
Director's Lab West Fellow
Los Angeles, CA
"Las Reinas" (Director)
By Katrina Ruiz & Kristie Soares
UC Santa Barbara
Guest Resident Artist/Director
Alien Bodies Conference