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Michael Dinwiddie

Michael Dinwiddie

Acting Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs & Associate Professor
B.A., New York University, 1980
M.F.A. Dramatic Writing, New York University, 1983

Michael D. Dinwiddie’s teaching interests include cultural studies, African American theater history, dramatic writing, filmmaking and ragtime music. A dramatist whose works have been produced in New York, regional and educational theater, he has been playwright-in-residence at Michigan State University and St. Louis University and taught writing courses at the College of New Rochelle, Florida A&M University, SUNY Stony Brook, California State University at San Bernardino and Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent a year at Touchstone Pictures as a Walt Disney Fellow and worked as a staff writer on ABC-TV’s Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper . In 1994 he was a Sundance finalist, and in 1995, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. A Gallatin graduate, Professor Dinwiddie earned his M.F.A. in dramatic writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His course offerings include Migration and American Culture; Dramatizing History I and II; Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip-Hop; James Reese Europe and American Music; Sissle, Blake and the Minstrel Tradition; Guerrilla Screenwriting; Motown Matrix: Race, Gender and Class Identity in “The Sound of Young America”; and the study-abroad course Buenos Aires: In and Of the City. Professor Dinwiddie received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.


Professor Michael Dinwiddie was awarded team-teaching grant from NYU Humanities Initiative for the course Movements for Justice and Rights: Let Them Lead the Way. He was named to the national governance task force of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He presided over the 28th Annual Conference of The Black Theatre Network (BTN), held at Gallatin in the summer of 2014. Professor Dindwiddie spoke at the Summer School on Migration, in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. He delivered a Keynote Lecture entitled "Where Shall I Go? Visions of a Promised Land." He delivered the keynote lecture at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the University of South Bohemia. He delivered a lecture to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the American Negro Theatre (ANT) at the Schomburg Center in Research for Black Culture in New York, New York, in April 2015.

Professor Dinwiddie received a 2013 Spirit Award in Education from National Black Theatre (NBT) and was appointed to the Theatre Communications Group/NBT Planning Committee for “Catalyst,” a 2014 international convention of theaters. In 2014, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts. He organized a 2014 staged reading of Zora Lives!, starring Lynn Whitfield and Avery Brooks, for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Maitland, FL. He conceived, cast, and directed the “Invisible Man” presentation for the 2013 NYU Convocation. He participated, along with 21 other Gallatin faculty members, in the First Gallatin Global Symposium, held at the NYU Berlin center on May 3–4, 2013, organized by George Shulman. He organized the Black Theatre Network’s 28th Annual Conference “Our Play’s the Thing,” held August 1-4, 2014, and hosted at Gallatin. The event will include representatives from the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT), the Dramatists Guild (DG), United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) and other local theatre companies, and will mark the historic launch of CONTINUUM, BTN’s online refereed scholarly journal.  

Professor Dinwiddie moderated the February 2014 Black History Month event Slaves on Screen: Atlantic Slavery in Contemporary Cinema,” held at Gallatin. He was the post-show speaker and moderator for a November 2013 performance of Honky, at New York’s Urban Stages Theatre. He also participated in a talkback for New York Theatre Workshop’s October 2013 production of Fetch Clay Make Man. He spoke about Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs at the New School for Social Research in October 2013. He spoke at the Hot Jazz Symposium, held in March 2014 at Gallatin.  


Contact Information

Michael Dinwiddie

Acting Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs & Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 804
(212) 998-7323
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2014 Winter

Motown Matrix: Race, Gender and Class Identity in "The Sound of Young America"
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

2014 Spring

Nonviolence in Movements for Social Change
Thu 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip-Hop
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip-Hop
Fri 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2013 Winter

Motown Matrix: Race, Gender and Class Identity in "The Sound of Young America"
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

African American culture; theatre history and criticism; filmmaking; dramatic writing; ragtime music

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