Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
Theatre and Speech
Educational PhilosophyTheatre was originally done as a communal act, as a way of bringing people and societies together. Regardless of whether I am teaching theatre history, or helping new playwrights find their own unique voices, I am often aware of that feeling of community building within the classroom. I bring passion and energy and commitment to the experience of teaching. Before long I find that the students match, and sometimes even exceed, my love for and devotion to the art and practice of theatre.
DegreesPhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY
MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts
BA, University of Southern Maine
Introduction to Theatre Arts, Theatre History 1, 2, and 3, Playwriting, Women's Theatre, Shakespeare in Text, Pulitzer Prize Women Dramatists, Dramatic Literature for High School Teachers, and Foundations of Public Speaking
Conference Presentations"Camilla Williams: [African] American Soprano," American Theatre in Higher Education's Black Theatre Association Debut Panel, Bridging Communities – Engaging Creativity Conference, San Francisco, CA
"From Roman Gospels to Jewish Shakespeare: Rethinking Our Cultural Paradigms," Left Forum's The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination Conference, New York, NY
"No Longer Divine: The Adaptation of Hairspray from Film to Broadway," American Society for Theatre Research's "Something Appealing, Something Appalling, Something for Everyone…" Changing Tastes in American Musical Theatre Working Group, Accounting for Taste Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
PublicationsMISS NOWHERE DINER, Dramatic Publishing
AwardsLorraine Hansberry Award for Best Play, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF)
Eugene O'Neill Playwriting Fellow, Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference and Center, Waterbury, CT
Grand Prize Winner, University of Southern Maine Playwriting Festival
Columbia Fellow, Departmental Research Scholarship, Columbia University, New York, NY
Departmental Research Fellow, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Senior Communication Fellow, The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College, CUNY
Professional AssociationsThe Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. (Associate Member)
ASTR: American Society for Theatre Research
ATHE: American Theatre in Higher Education
FIRT/IFTR: La Fédération Internationale pour la Recherche Théâtrale/The International Federation for Theatre Research
PlaywritingMs. Potts is currently one of the Playwrights-in-Residence at the Monarch Theatre Company in New York City; this season's workshop features her latest work-in-progress.
Recent festival productions include: Manhattan Theatre Source's Spontaneous Combustion # 39 (The Poe Special) and Dark Lady Players' Evening of Amelia Plays.
Other New York City staged readings, workshops, and/or productions took place at Columbia University's Shapiro Studio, Horace Mann Theatre, and Shetler Studios' Theatre 54.
She has worked in Maine with the following theatres/companies: The University of Southern Maine; Luther Bonney Auditorium; Brown Bag Theatre; Acorn Theatre, and the Woodford's Church Theatre.