Michelle Cowin Gibbs, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Theater at St. Olaf College. She directs and teaches courses in beginning and advanced acting, script analysis, and introduction to theater. Her scholarly research interests include a spectrum of interdisciplinary studies in Black performance and performativity and critical identity studies in and around The New Negro movement in early 20th century Black modernist theatre. As a solo performance artist, Michelle uses her body as a site for inquiry into how Black racialization and Black female sexualization manifest into performances of affect - teetering between the spaces of tragic/comical and replusive/alluring. Recent solo performance works include: A Thing Held in Full View, a commentary on race, gender, and women's reproductive rights in Texas; Blunt-Force 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 perceptions of self. Michelle received a Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University. Additional, 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.