MA Candidate - Hip-Hop Theatre Pedagogy
Kiana earned a BA in Africana Studies with a minor in Theater from Hamilton College. She spent most of her undergraduate career dividing her time between social activism and the performing arts. Upon graduating from Hamilton College in 2015, Kiana was awarded the William J. Bristol Fellowship to pursue an independent project entitled “Hip-Hop Theatre: Self-Expression, Activism, and Solidarity Among Youth in England, Italy, Ghana, and South Africa.” As her research developed, Kiana discovered that she was passionate about finding ways to incorporate Hip-Hop aesthetics and theater arts into curriculum design for students from disadvantaged communities. At Gallatin, Kiana wants to develop a Hip-Hop Theatre pedagogy inspired by playwright and actor Lin Manuel Miranda.