Kristyl Tift

PhD, University of Georgia, 2017
African American Lesbian Identity in Performance


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Kristyl Dawn Tift is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies and a candidate for the graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She is a performer and scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and nation. She specializes in queer-of-color performance. Tift holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama and a BA in Theatre from Georgia Southern University. As a graduate student, she has presented papers and participated on panels at conferences sponsored by the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Black Theatre Network, and the University of Georgia. Tift is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the Screen Actors Guild, and the National Women’s Studies Association. She is currently writing her dissertation on contemporary African American lesbian playwrights and performance artists. Her recent book review of Ramón H. Rivera-Servera’s Performing Queer Latinidad was published in the May 2014 issue of Theatre Journal. She is a 2014-2015 Institute for Women’s Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia.