Eileen Cherry-Chandler

Courses Taught :

  • Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Performance
  • Performance and Culture: The Veteran's Experience
  • Storytelling and Community: Service learning performance in NW Ohio elementary schools
  • Service Learning Theatre: Repertory theatre at Scott High School, Toledo, Ohio
  • Graduate studies in Performance Auto Ethnography

Institutions/Professional Companies with which Dr. Cherry Chandler worked:
DePaul University – Assistant Professor of Communication
Northwestern University – Lecturer in Performance Studies; Founder – Northwestern Community Ensemble; Founder and Artistic Director – The African-American Theatre Workshop (Black/folks Theatre)
Columbia College Chicago – Lecturer, English, Interdisciplinary Arts Education; Academic Advisor, Assistant Dean for Student Development
Illinois State Board of Education – Illinois Summer School for the Arts at Illinois State University, Normal
University of Pittsburgh – Institute for Shipboard Education: Semester At Sea Program – Director of Student Life; Pennsylvania Governors School for International Studies-Student Life Director
Chicago Alliance for the Performing Arts – Community Relations Director
Black Theatre Alliance of Chicago – Administrator
ETA Creative Arts Foundation - Chicago, Illinois
Illinois Arts Council – Poet-In-The-Schools; Theater Advisory Panel
City of Chicago Office of Cultural Affairs – Artist-In-Residence; Pier Group Summer Youth Employment Program Director; City/Arts Advisory Panelist; Gospel Arts Workshops
St. Charles Lwanga Lifeline Center at Chicago Housing Authority – Artist-In-Residence
St. Paul College, Lawrenceville, Virginia – Artist-In-Residence
Georgetown University - Davis Center for the Performing Arts, performer and lecturer
Links Hall, Chicago, Illinois, “Glass Layers” – performing artist
Bates College, Lewiston Maine, “Sweet Freedom’s Song”, performer
The University of Iowa, Department of Rhetorie, Theatre, African-American Studies and Women's Gender and Sexuality; facilitator
Metro Theatre Company of St. Louis, Missouri – playwright
The Guild Complex, Chicago, Illinois – Writer-In-Residence, performer


  • City of Chicago Artist-In-Residence
  • Illinois Arts Council Creative Artist Fellowship – Fiction
  • Gwendolyn Brooks Poet Laureate Prize
  • Karamu 2012 Arena Fest Theater Selection, Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio for "The Winter Barrel Stories by Eileen Cherry-Chandler" adapted by Paul Edwards

Union or Professional Organizations:

  • American Association of University Professors

Research / Publications :

"Rosalind" From Bourgeois to Boojie, Black Middle-Class Performances, Wayne State University Press, 2011.

"Educational Performance: Embodiment, Self-Reflection and Ethical Engagement" in Undoing Whiteness in the Classroom: Critical Educational Teaching Approaches for Social Justice, Peter Lang Publications, 2007

"After the Reapers: Place Settings of Race, Class and Food Insecurity," a qualitative study of negotiated food performance and social disparity. Editors Myron Beasley, Kristen Langellier and Laura Lindenfeld,Text and Performance Quarterly (Journal of Performance Studies), National Communication Association, 2008.

“Mule of the world: The Embodiment of Mary Church Terrell”, on women’s historical autobiography inVoices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography, eds. Jacqueline Taylor and Lynn Miller, University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.

Review of “Strange Fruit: Plays On Lynching By American Women, “ edited by Kathy A. Perkins and Judith L. Stephens, in Theatre JournalVol.51, No.2, The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Fiction and poetry in TriQuarterly and TriQuarterly Online, The Woman That I Am: Literature and Culture of Contemporary Women of Color; Westside Stories, Nommo: A Literary Legacy of Black Chicago, 1967-1987; Open Places; Spoon River Quarterly; Callaloo, Black World.

Research Interests:

  • Performance Studies & Literary Performance: Ethnographic and autobiographical performance, interdisciplinary arts education, arts advocacy, the arts and social change.
  • African-American Literature and Culture: Travel narratives of African-American women, creative writing.

As a performing artist, Dr. Cherry-Chandler focuses on dramatic theatrical directing interpretations and the spoken word.