Dr. Sandra Shannon

Dr. Sandra Shannon

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon is Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English at Howard University.  Widely recognized as a leading scholar on August Wilson, she has published two seminal books on this major playwright: The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson and August Wilson’s Fences: A Reference Guide. In addition she has edited and co-edited several key essay collections on Wilson’s work that include 1)  August Wilson and Black Aesthetics, 2)  Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson,  and 3) August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle (2016).  Dr. Shannon has also edited a special issues of the Zora Neale Hurston Forum on August Wilson, and she has contributed numerous chapters on his works in collections such as 1) Alan Nadel’s  May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson and  2) August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle;  3) Philip Kolin’s The Influence of Tennessee Williams; 4) Harvey Young’s The Cambridge Companion to African American Literature;  5) Harry Elam and David Krasner’s African American Performance and Theatre History; and 5)  Martin Middeke’s Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights.  Her essays on August Wilson have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, College Literature, and Theatre Survey.   Dr. Shannon previously served as Editor of Theatre Topics journal and President of the Black Theatre Network.  She is currently Editor of the College Language Association Journal and founding board member of Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance. In spring 2006 following August Wilson’s death, she founded the Howard University August Wilson Society and, most recently, served as a key consultant in the making of the acclaimed PBS-American Masters documentary August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015).