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Dr. Sandra Mayo

Sandra Mayo

Dr. Sandra M. Mayo, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State University (Texas State), has had a versatile and extensive career in academia that includes administration and teaching at several colleges and universities around the country. She began her tenure at Texas State in 2001 as the Director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS), now Center for Diversity and Gender Studies. Since 2001, she has taught a variety of classes for including graduate and undergraduate courses in Diversity Studies, graduate theatre history (classical, modern, and contemporary), as well as undergraduate dramatic theory and analysis and ethnic theatre. Her most recent publications include two books published by the University of Texas Press: Acting Up and Getting Down: Plays by African American Texans (2014), co-edited with Dr. Elvin Holt and Stages of Struggle and Celebration: A Production History of Black Theatre in Texas (2015) co-authored with Dr. Elvin Holt. With Dr. Elvin Holt, she coordinated a five-city exhibit tour to key cities in Texas (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Fort Worth) showcasing highlights of their research on black theatre in Texas (April 2016 through February 2017). Her most recent publications include two books published by the University of Texas Press: Acting Up and Getting Down: Plays by African American Texans (2014), co-edited with Dr. Elvin Holt and Stages of Struggle and Celebration: A Production History of Black Theatre in Texas (2015) co-authored with Dr. Elvin Holt.  017).   Her edited books include Introduction to Fine Arts; Sterling Houston: Four Plays; Myth, Magic, and Farce:  Four Multicultural Plays by Sterling Houston, and High Yello Rose and Other Texas Plays by Sterling Houston. At Texas State, while serving as the Director of the Texas State’s Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, she spearheaded and co-edited a multicultural reader, Integrating Multiculturalism into the Curriculum: from the Liberal Arts to the Sciences (Peter Lang Publishing Co., 2013). In addition, as Director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, she founded and led the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute for faculty (2003-2013), the Women and Gender Research Collaborative (2008-2013), the peer reviewed Journal of Research on Women and Gender Studies (2008-2013), and the annual Women and Gender Research Symposium (2011-2013).