TDPS welcomes Timmia Hearn DeRoy as assistant professor of directing and social justice theater

July 27, 2023

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is proud to welcome Timmia Hearn DeRoy as acting assistant professor of directing and social justice theater as of July 1, 2023. 

"I am beyond thrilled to be joining TDPS and getting to explore the Bay Area," DeRoy said. "My practice and research is deeply inspired by social and disability justice movements developed and thriving locally, and I look forward to continuing to engage and contribute to these conversations."

DeRoy was a founding member of the Trinidad and Tobago PRIDE Arts Festival, former director of the School for the Arts at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, and former marketing manager at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival. She works in areas of post-colonial theater practice, transnational feminist praxis, and disability justice, and engages in community-oriented and social change focused theater across the diasporas to which she belongs. 

DeRoy’s directing credits include 10,000: A One-Woman New Play Development by Victoria Taurean (2020, Lawrence Arts Center); In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (2019, KU University Theatre); the premiere of an original "I Am One" musical comedy called Buss de Mark (2016, PRIDE Arts Festival in Trinidad); A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (2013/2014), Two Can Play by Trevor Rhone (2013/2014), and An Echo in the Bone by Dennis Scott (2012) at Trinidad Theatre Workshop.

DeRoy has taught acting and playwriting in Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Nepal. She additionally has worked as a new script development consultant in both theater and film, and provides dramaturgical frameworks that decolonize scripts and directing practice. She completed her Ph.D. in theater and performance studies at the University of Kansas.