The many lives of a trailblazer for Black theater
When most people think of Dallas, they think barbecue, big hats and bigger buckles, not Black theater innovators. As the first Black man to earn a PhD in theater with an emphasis on youth and community from Arizona State University, Rev. Dontá McGilvery’s trailblazing onstage represents only one of the many paths he has carved for himself.
With a journey to the playhouse as dramatic as theater itself, McGilvery’s first attempt at pursuing his field in the postsecondary realm was halted in his undergraduate experience; McGilvery found that there was very little representation or encouragement for students of color in his program.