Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Layli Phillips - Chair

Second Advisor

Shirlene Holmes

Third Advisor

Gayle Austin


Searching for the Womanist Within is a play about self identity and the daily experience of African-American women who are at the intersecting oppressions of race, gender and class. The unique life perspective of Afeican-American women is explored through the retelling of stories from the writer’s life as well as the lives of other black women. In Feminist, Black Feminist, Afrocentric and Womanist drama it is common to steer away from conventional theatrical structures, Solo drama, a less conventional structure, was selected for this play. In addition to the play is an essay about the writing process, as well as a literature review and a statement of significance about this creative thesis.