Michelle Cowin Gibbs is assistant professor of Theater at St. Olaf College. She directs and teaches courses in beginning and advanced acting, script analysis, and early 20th century Black theatre. Her scholarly and solo performance research interests include a spectrum of interdisciplinary studies in Black performance, media studies, and theatre history. Recent Solo Performance works include: A Thing Held in Full View, a commentary on race, gender, and women's reproductive rights in Texas; Full Blunt Trauma: A Mother's Performance in Empathy, a feminist ethnographic piece that explores the relationship among motherhood, cruelty, and forgiveness; and Dancing with my/Self: The Selfie Monologues, an exploration of Selfie culture that self-reflexively challenges how we attempt to hone-fetishize-dominate self-perceptions. Recent directorial work at St. Olaf College include: You Never Can Tell (2019), A Streetcar Named Desire (2018) and August: Osage County (2017). Prof. Gibbs is a P.h.D. candidate (A.B.D.) in Theatre at Bowling Green State University. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University.