Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre with highest honors from Brenau University. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy with a specialization in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Kansas. While completing her doctorate, she received the Joseph R. Roach Doctoral Research Award, the Kuhlke Humanitarian Award, and the Hines Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
As an actor, director, and dramaturg, she has worked with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Richmond Triangle Players, Kansas Summer Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, and Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Recently, she dramaturged Georgia Shakespeare’s 2013 production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and Tennessee Shakespeare’s 2014 production of The Taming of the Shrew. As a scholar, she has presented her research via such venues as: the American Society for Theatre Research, the Southern American Studies Association, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. In conjunction with her work on theatre and performance studies, her primary areas of research include southern studies, gender studies, and American popular culture. Her reviews and articles have appeared inTheatre Survey, Theatre Annual, and in the book collection, Performing Objects and Theatrical Things.
As an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Converse College, she teaches a variety of courses such as Acting IV: Period Styles, Public Speaking, and Survey of Musical Theatre. For Theatre Converse she has directed Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Antigone, and One Day…Women on Aging, with members of the Converse and Spartanburg communities. This year she will direct the original, devised theatre performance piece The Home Project, that explores issues of home and homelessness in the Upstate.