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.
Teaching and Research Interests
African American culture; theatre history and criticism; filmmaking; dramatic writing; ragtime music
B.A., New York University, 1980 M.F.A. Dramatic Writing, New York University, 1983
Professor Michael 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.
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. 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.
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). Professor Dinwiddie presided over the 28th Annual Conference of the Black Theatre Network (BTN), which was hosted by the Gallatin School in 2014. For the International Organization for Migration (IOM), he delivered the keynote address entitled "Where Shall I Go?" at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. He also conducted a teaching workshop for graduate students participating in IOM's training certification program. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Negro Theatre (ANT), Professor Dinwiddie presented a lecture at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture entitled "Footlights Across Harlem."