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CRASSH: Black Art & Performance

CRASSH Winter 2021 brings Black undergraduate and faculty scholars together to demonstrate and discuss the dynamic research and creative projects they are conducting in the fields of art and performance. In celebration of Black History Month, we hope this event inspires our research community to support, recognize, and share the visionary intellectual work of the Black community at UC San Diego. View the profiles below to learn more about our presenters.


Student Presenters

  • Christian Johnson

    Christian Johnson

    Christian is a Marshall College senior in the TRELS Program conducting research in innovative theatre. His work seeks to disrupt the conventional ways we engage with theatre not just as performers and artists but also as audience members.

  • Joyous Herron

    Joyous Herron

    I am a third-year Literature/Creative Writing student from Memphis, Tennessee. I grew up in Los Angeles and first developed my love for writing and storytelling into filmography. Now that I am in college, I am focused on exploring many different forms of visual and sonic storytelling techniques as opportunities to learn more about myself and the world around me. In the future, I hope to be a multimedia content creator, running my own production company. 

Faculty Presenters

  • Camille Forbes

    Camille Forbes

    Dr. Camille F. Forbes is the author of Introducing Bert Williams: Blackface, Burnt Cork, and the Story of America’s First Black Star, a critical biography reassessing the contributions of the black Bahamian comedian. A Hambidge Center fellow, Dr. Forbes has been published in Obsidian and Callaloo. She holds a doctorate in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, and is associate professor in Literature at UCSD.

  • Stephen Buescher

    Stephen Buescher

    Professor Stephen Buescher is a Director, Choreographer, Actor and Advocate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Black Aesthetics are a throughline in his research. Stephen recently choreographed an AfroFuturist VR experience, Atomu, based on Kenyan Mythology that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He continues to work with sculpted masks, as part of actor training, that are based on Black and African faces. Stephen is also partnering with the Craft Institute, a non-profit dedicated to curating culturally inclusive ecosystems, to create Web content that empowers Black Theater Artists to advocate for themselves.