Lillian is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada! She is a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Ripon College. Most of her work involves creating carefully crafted theatrical encounters that conjure a sense of enthusiasm and social responsibility. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado and an MFA in Theatre from The Ohio State University. In addition to being an educator, she is a solo performing artist, actor, and director.
Currently, she's working on expanding a project called The OREO Complex. It's a multi-disciplinary art experience that explores the politics of racial performance by investigating the complexities of black female identity. She is also developing a play called Secret Chat which is set in an interactive chat room where the audience gets to anonymously participate in the performance. Secret Chat, provocatively incites conversations about gender roles, relationships, and power dynamics in a world where people rediscover what it means to love.
Aside from this, Lillian has worked at Cleveland Public Theatre as an educator in their CMHA CAN program which inspires art in underserved communities. As an actor, some of her favorite credits include Siobhan (Curious Incident), Hermia (Midsummer Night's Dream), Mayme (Intimate Apparel) Dynamite (Hairspray), and a Stepsister (Dreamgirls).
She is a current member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
Lillian has been accepted to present her paper The Oreo Complex: Expectations of Blackness and the Cost of Code-Switching at the Black Theatre Network's 34th Annual Conference!