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Michael Dinwiddie

Associate Professor
(212) 998-9152
1 Wash Pl, Room 407

Office Hours
Monday 9:30-11:30, 2:30-4:30

B.A. Individualized Study, New York University, 1980
M.F.A. Dramatic Writing, New York University, 1983

Michael D. Dinwiddie (GAL BA '80, TSOA MFA '83)’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. He was awarded a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. Professor Dinwiddie received a 2005 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition that one of NYU's primary institutional priorities, along with research, is exceptional teaching inside and outside of the classroom setting. In 2015, he was awarded a team-teaching grant from NYU Humanities Initiative for the course Movements for Justice and Rights: Let Them Lead the Way. 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. For the fall 2015 semester, he is teaching the course "Cultural Memory and Resistance" at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Awards & Honors


The College of Fellows of the American Theatre

Michael Dinwiddie (BA ’80) was elected as one of the 2018 fellows of  The College of Fellows of the American Theatre, a high honor bestowed on select educators and professionals of America’s educational and theater community.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Recent News


Professor Michael Dinwiddie was named as one of the ten fellows who, in 2018, will be inducted into the into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, one of America's educational and theater community's highest honors.

He currently serves as chairman of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, which will host the 24th International Duke Ellington Study Conference in New York City in 2016 (see short film to the right). Professor Dinwiddie sits on the advisory boards of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, the International Colloquium of the National Black Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC, the Black Theatre Network, and the New Federal Theatre, among others. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (East) and The Dramatists Guild.


Northern Lights 1966, which was written by Professor Dinwiddie to commemorate the student walkout that established the first northern "Freedom School," is being revived by Detroit's Mosaic Youth Theatre. Performances begin May 11, 2018.  


In March 2018, Professor Dinwiddie delivered the keynote speech, "Creative Classroom Strategies for Teaching English as A Second Langauge" for the 44th Annual PRTESOL Conference in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico.

In February 2018, he delivered the 17th Annual Spencer Cave Lecture under the auspices of Park University and the American Jazz Museum at the Gem Theatre in Kansas City, MO, "James Reese Europe: From Bandanna Land to 'No Man's Land.'"

Professor Dinwiddie moderated a panel and presented the paper, “(R)evolutionary Landscapes: Hamilton and Motown: The Musical Duke It Out for America’s Soul!,” at the Black Portraiture[s] II: Revisited Conference, which was held in February 2016 in New York, New York.

In 2015, Professor Dinwiddie was a session convener for the Black Portraiture(s) II Conference held at Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy. A year earlier he was appointed to the national governance task force of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).