About the author

Biography of Anthony Duane Hill

Dr. Anthony D. Hill, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University in the Department of Theatre, is a writer, scholar, educator, director, and administrator.

His work concentrated extensively on previously marginalized theatre practices, African American and American theatre history, and performance theory and criticism. He developed and implemented seminars on the life and works of August Wilson; and was featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus (2006 ed.). His book Historical Dictionary of African American Theatre (Scarecrow Press, 2008, hardback) is now in its 2nd edition (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming). HDAAT was also released in paperback as The A to Z of African American Theatre (Scarecrow Press, 2009); Pages from the Harlem Renaissance: A Chronicle of Performance (Peter Lang, 1996) is in its 3rd edition.

His essays have appeared in such journals as Text and Presentation, Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference; Black Studies: Current Issues, Enduring Questions; and African American Review (formerly Black American Literature Forum). He contributed several historical articles to Dr. Quintard Taylor’s Pursuing the Past in the Twenty-first Century on the World Wide Web; a book review in The Journal of the Southern Central Modern Language Association; and was contributing editor for History of the Theatre (9th ed.), Theatre Studies, and Elimu.

He was keynote speaker (3 March 2012), at the Seminar on August Wilson titled “August Wilson: The Legacy and its Challenges,” at Wisconsin University (Madison, Wisconsin), sponsored by The Department of Theatre and Drama, and The Department of Afro-American Studies.

Hill received advanced degrees in theatre at the University of Washington (B.A.), Queens College (M.A.), and at New York University (Ph.D.) in performance studies. He has taught at Queens College, Vassar College, University of California at Santa Barbara, and The Ohio State University; and, has been active professionally at the National Black Theatre Network Conference, the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, the National Conference of African American Theatre, the American Theatre of Higher Education, and other theatre organizations.

About the book

Second edition coming soon


In 2008, Scarecrow Press published Historical Dictionary of African American Theatre (HDAAT) by Dr. Anthony D. Hill with Douglas Q. Barnett that celebrated nearly 200 years of black theater in the United States. It identified representative African American theater-producing organizations, playwrights, actors, and directors across the country; and chronicled their contributions to the field, from its birth in 1816 to the present.


It will consist of 25% new material; basically it will be an update (from 2006 to the present) of the chronology, introduction, bibliography and dictionary entries. The previous dictionary entries will be revised or deleted as needed with a number of new entries added making up the most expanded section of the book.


A more affordable paperback version of the first edition may be purchased under the title The A to Z of African American Theatre.



Five Star Reviews

Woody King, Jr., Theatre director-producer, New Federal Theatre

. . .a dictionary . . . that spans from A to Z - display(s) a thorough knowledge of who's who in black theatre, going as far back as the African Grove Theatre's founder William Alexander Brown in the 1820's and moving forward to the present."

Jon Woronoff, Series Editor, Scarecrow Press

. . . African American theatre does not have a very long history . . . but it certainly has more than can be found anywhere else with the insight of insiders."

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